Arutchelvar Dr. N. Mahalingam, B.Sc., F.I.E., (March 21, 1923 – October 2, 2014), an eminent educationist and industrialist was born on 21st March, 1923 in Somanthurai Chittoor, a village in Pollachi Taluk, Coimbatore District. His father, Sri P. Nachimuthu Gounder established Anaimalai Bus Transport (ABT) and operated a fleet of buses and Lorries to cater to the needs of the public. Now, ABT is in its platinum jubilee year. He obtained his B.Sc. Degree in Physics (1942) from Loyola College, Madras and Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (1945) from College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai. He became an AMIE in 1951, MIE in 1975 and FIE in 1981. He was the Chairman of the Institution of Engineers from 1964 to 1966.
Arutchelvar Dr N. Mahalingam was the guiding force and instrumental in the establishment of a number of educational institutions which include Nallamuthu Gounder Mahalingam College, Nachimuthu Polytechnic and Dr Mahalingam College of Engineering and Technology in Pollachi, Sakthi Institute of Technology at Sakthi Nagar in Erode, Kumaraguru College of Technology in Coimbatore, Palani Gounder Higher Secondary School, Mariammal Girls Higher Secondary School, Rukmaniammal Higher Secondary School, Sri Kuppanda Gounder Elementary School, Mariammal Elementary School and Kasturba Nursery School in Pollachi. Dr. Mahalingam was actively involved in the setting up of Institute of Asian Studies at Madras in 1981. He has also established V.M. Kailasam Hospital in 1983 and VHS Leprosy Hospital in 1988 at Sakthi Nagar.
He was a Member in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly for fifteen years and has also served as Chairman of the Tamil Nadu State Planning Commission. He was instrumental in the implementation of Parambikulam Aliyar Irrigation Project – the brain child of Sri V.K.Palanisamy Gounder of Vettaikaranpudur – providing irrigation to more than 4.5 lakh acres. He was Honorary Consul, Government of Mauritius during 1989 – 90. He is an eminent Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow.
Arutchelvar Dr N. Mahalingam – a pioneering industrialist of Tamil Nadu – has established several industrial units. Sakthi Sugars Limited at Sakthi Nagar, Sri Chamundeswari Sugars Limited in Mandya, Karnataka and Sakthi Soyas Limited in Pollachi are some of his notable industrial establishments.
Being a prolific writer, he has authored more than 40 books in English as well as in Tamil on a variety of topics like industrial development, education, agriculture, infrastructure, culture and the like. Apart from this, he has edited several books. He is also the Honorary Editor of the Journal Kisan World and a Tamil monthly, Om Sakthi.
Arutchelvar Dr N. Mahalingam was awarded the degrees of Doctor of Laws (1984) by Bharathiar University. Doctor of Science (1988) by Anna University, Doctor of Science (1999) by Tamil Nadu Agricultural University and Doctor of Science (2005) by Madurai Kamaraj University in recognition of his meritorious service to the society. He has also been conferred the Indira Gandhi Integration Award and is popularly called Arutchelvar. He was conferred with Padmabushan by the Government of India recognizing his services in the fields of agriculture, industry and education.
Born: In the year 1944 at Samathur, Pollachi Taluk, Coimbatore District, Tamil Nadu
School: Stanes High School, Coimbatore
B.Com. : Loyola College, Chennai
B.L., : Madras Law College
Practiced Law at High Court under Sri Govindaswaminathan, the then Advocate General
Managed a group of Tea Estates at Wayanad, Kerala since 1972 and then a Parcel Service Company in TamilNadu.
Presently, the Chairman of Sri Sakthi Textiles Ltd., Pollachi.
Chairman (1998-99) of Southern India Mills’ Association that represents 344 mills in the four Southern States controlling 90 lakh spindles accounting for 34% of yarn exports giving direct and indirect employment to more than two lakh workers.
Chairman (2003-04), Indian Cotton Mills’ Federation, Delhi – the Apex Body of Textile Industry of India.
Member, Council of Administration in The South India Textile Research Association, Coimbatore.
Chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Coimbatore, since November 1990.
Served as Executive Vice Chairman (2001-2007), Bhavan’s Gandhi Vidyashram (Residential School), Kodaikanal.
Member, Council of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Head Office, Mumbai.
Chairman, Kumaraguru College of Technology (KCT), Coimbatore.
Chairman, KCT Business School, Coimbatore.
Chairman, Kumaraguru Institute of Agriculture (KIA), Erode.
President, Sakthi Institute of Information & Management Studies, (SIIMS),Pollachi.
President, N.G.M. College, Pollachi.
Served as Member of the Board of Governors, Bharathidasan Institute of Management, Tiruchirappalli.
Served as Senate & Syndicate Member (1990-96) of Bharathiar University, Coimbatore.
Served as Member of the Planning Board of Bharathiar University, Coimbatore
Served as Member of the Committee to prepare a Vision Statement for the
Tamil University, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu
Served as Member of the Board of Management of The Society for Social Education and Research, Chennai.
Served as Member of the Management Committee of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Coimbatore.
Charter President of Rotary Club of Pollachi (1985)
Chairman, District Advisory Panel, Rotary International District 3200
Founder President – Pollachi Ilakkiya Kazhagam
Founder President – Pollachi Tamil isai Sangam
Served as Founder Trustee – Coimbatore Cancer Foundation
Chairman – Advisory Council, Divyodaya, Coimbatore – an inter-religious organization to promote harmony in society.
Founder Chairman – KURAL – The Voice of Coimbatore (a public welfare organization formed to improve the socio economic conditions in the Coimbatore region) (2006-2007).
Reading, Painting & Classical Music.
Awarded Degree of Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) at the 11th Convocation in October 1999 by Sri Avinashilingam University, Coimbatore.
Attended the ‘Day of Prayer for Peace in the World’ at Assisi, Italy during Jan. 2002 – at the invitation by His Holiness Pope John Paul II.
Awarded ‘Vivekananda National Award for Excellence’ by Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, Coimbatore on 4.2.2006 in commemoration of their Platinum Jubilee Celebrations.
Awarded ‘Outstanding citizen of Coimbatore’ Award for the year 2001 by Rotary Club of Coimbatore on 26.12.2001.
Awarded ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by Rotary Club of Aarch City, Madras, at Chennai on 27.6.2007.
Conferred the ‘Kongu Mamani Award’ at Chennai by Kongu Nanbargal Sangam on 25.7.2004.
Sri M. Balasubramaniam, Secretary of the Parent College since October, 2005, is an industrialist. He is in the Governing Body of the College for over two decades. At present, he is the Managing Director of Sakthi Finance Ltd., Coimbatore having 21 branches spread across India.
He is a Director in several companies like Sakthi Sugars Ltd., Sri Chamundeswari Sugars Ltd., Bhagavathi Textiles Ltd., Sri Sakthi Textiles Ltd., Sakthi Management Services Ltd., Sakthi Properties Ltd., ABT Ltd., ABT Finance Ltd. and Union Bus Service (P) Ltd. Under his able guidance, ABT Industries Ltd. (Auto Division) received Awards of Excellence for Dealership (Madurai Division) and Spare Sales (Kerala) several Times. He has been instrumental for the healthy growth of ABT Industries (Dairy Division). He was Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in 1999 and is currently Correspondent of Kumaraguru College of Technology Coimbatore.
Sri Sivasubramaniam Sivakumar, the Treasurer of Nallamuthu Gounder Mahalingam College Kalvi Kazhagam, Pollachi, hails from a respectable family known for its entrepreneurial background with a natural learning towards philanthropy.
He did his UG in Industrial Engineering and Management at M.S.Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore, and his Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering at University of Texas at El Paso, USA.
He served as a Project Engineer at Titan Plastics Group, Michigan, USA for 4 years. As a committed Rotarian he involves himself in various social activities and as a natural flair for Quality in Higher Education.
He has chosen the membership of TAPMA to extend his valuable knowledge, rich experience and his expertise in managerial qualities. He is an industrious young entrepreneur and at present he serves as the Managing Director of PLASTECH, Pollachi.
An experienced administrator with a strong commitment for empowering the student community. A dedicated academician who envisions the right path for the all-round development of the Institution and its stakeholders.
M.Com, M.Phil, BGL & Ph.D,
Received Ph.D from Bharathiar University in the field of Finance: M.Com from Madras University; M.Phil from Annamalai University; BGL from Mysore University and BCom from NGM College, Pollachi
More than thirty years of teaching experience at UG level and 24 years of teaching experience at PG level. 10 years of administrative experience in the field of management.
Underwent research study in the domains of marketing and finance. Guided more than seven Ph.Ds and thirty M.Phils. Published many articles in national and international journals and have attended a number of conferences and workshops at the state and national levels.