Dean R & D

Brief Profile of

Dr. S. Gunasekaran, M.Sc., Ph.D., D.Sc.
TANSA Awardee

Dean, Research & Development

Dr. S. Gunasekaran was born on 3rd June 1954 in Kathiyavadi Village, Ranipet District. He had completed his B.Sc. in Physics in Tamil Medium from Presidency College, Chennai, M.Sc. in Physics from St. Joseph’s college, Tiruchirapalli. He went on to complete his Ph.D. in Molecular Spectroscopy from Anna University and obtained his D.Sc. from University of Madras.

Dr. S. Gunasekaran, Dean (R&D) of St. Peter’s Institute of Higher Education and Research, Avadi, Chennai, began his teaching career at the Pachaiyappa’s College, Chennai, in 1978 and remains a dedicated Teacher to this day, his forte being Electronics and Microprocessors. But Dr. Gunasekaran was restless to do more, than just teach a syllabus, so he went about promoting research activities in the department by garnering funds to equip the Laboratory with instruments for research. As Dean (R&D), he took support from the Management of St. Peter’s Institute of Higher Education & Research and he has established Sophisticated Analytical Instrumentation Facility (SAIF-SPIHER), housed with advanced spectrophotometers. His area of Research is the Application of Spectroscopy in varied fields that are likely to yield results beneficial to society, like Materials Science, Medical Physics, Environmental Science and Molecular Dynamics. In fact, recognizing the powerful tool that Spectroscopy can be in Physics research, Dr. Gunasekaran has coined the term – ‘Spectrophysics’. Till date, Dr. Gunasekaran has successfully guided 79 candidates who have obtained their Ph.D. in Materials Science, Medical Physics, Environmental Science and Molecular Dynamics. He has to his credit, more than 430 publications in reputed journals and has h-index as 40 and i10-index as 164 with 6919 citations. He has published 1 patent so far. He is also extending his meritorious service of being referee of many reputed journal.

Dr. S. Gunasekaran is the Founder, President of INDIAN SPECTROPHYSICS ASSOCIATION – (ISPA)” Started on April 23, 1998. It is the peak of a strong belief that enlightening minds and empowering them through Spectroscopy and Physical Phenomena is way for battling and eliminating social evils and uplifting the society. Indian Spectrophysics Association (ISPA) through its initiatives provides access not only for quality education in spectroscopy and its applications, enhance innovative researches, but also inculcates values, commitment and dedication to the society, thus helping to build a strong future for every researcher like a Spectrum of Physics.

Indian Spectrophysics Association (ISPA) is privileged to honor the notable services of the Spectrophysicists with Life Time Achievement Award, the award is conferred to whom those who dedicated themselves in the spectroscopy research and still working on the respective fields to enrich the society with their findings. For young researchers who have made excellent contributions in the field of Research, made to benefit of humanity have been honoured with ISPA Dr. S. Gunasekaran Award during Conferences/Seminars organized by ISPA. ISPA has organised 15 international, 16 national and 16 state level conferences, seminars, workshops had been organized by the Indian SpectroPhysics Association (ISPA) so far. ISPA has the honour of giving 11 Veteran Scientists Award, 35 Life Time Achievement Award, 75 ISPA Dr. S. Gunasekaran Award so far.

Dr. Gunasekaran has also rendered great service to the School Education Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu, by serving as a Member of the Syllabus Revision Committee and Chairperson of Book writing committee. He has authored 14 books for Higher Secondary Physics, Secondary Science and Environmental Education, in both Tamil and English medium.

Dr. Gunasekaran had the honor of being selected for the post of Registrar, Periyar University, Salem, and this administrative post, he served with verve and vigour for the full term of three years from August 2008 to August 2011, proving that his administrative skills were no way inferior to his scientific skills. Given his keen interest in research, he did his best to sustain research activities at Periyar University and with the approval of the Syndicate, sourced funds from donors, to institute four Sir CV Raman Awards, two each for students and faculty, in order to kindle their research thirst. He also made it a point to organize National Science Day celebrations every year on the 28th of February.

The sincere and dedicated hard work fetched him many Awards right from his Post Graduation. Dr. Gunasekaran has been featured in the list of "World Ranking of Top 2% Scientists in 2021", published by Stanford University under the category of "Chemical Physics/ General Chemistry/ Physics & Astronomy". More recently, in the months of July, August and September 2017, Dr. Gunasekaran is honoured with four prestigious Awards viz., Tamil Nadu Scientist Award, Eminent Educationist Award, Best Citizen of India Gold Medal Award and Indo Global Research Excellence Award by Government of Tamil Nadu and various reputed organizations. He is conferred with Life Time Achievement Award by National College, Tiruchirapalli in February 2019, Life Time Achievement Award by University of Madras in April 2018 and Life Time Achievement Award by AMET University in March 2018. In September 2016, he is conferred with Award for Research Excellence by Indus Valley Foundation, USA. In August 2016, he is bestowed with Bharath Ratna Rajiv Gandhi Gold Medal Award for his participation and contribution to research and society by Global Economic Progress and Research Association. Dr. Gunasekaran has bestowed with Ariviyal Kalanjiyam Award 2015 by Mayilai Thiruvalluvar Tamil Sangam, Chennai. He has obtained Best Physics Student Award during the course at St. Joseph’s College, Trichy. Many awards have been conferred on Dr. Gunasekaran in the light of his dedicated service to Teaching and Research, to mention a few, Award For Excellence in the Spheres of Academic, Research and administration in August 2013 by Sri Vidya Mandir Arts and Science College, Uthangarai, Tamil Nadu. He is awarded for his achievement in the field of Higher Education by St. Joseph’s College in Josephites Re Union 2013, Trichy. Dr. Gunasekaran was conferred with Life Time Achievement Award during National Conference on Recent Advances in Applied Sciences (NCRAAS 2012). Dr. Gunasekaran is awarded with “Best Teacher Award” by Lion’s Club International and Pachaiyappa’s College, Chennai. He was conferred on “Eminent Scientist Award” in 2010 by Sree Kanchi Kamakodi Peetam, for his outstanding contribution to Science and Technology. He is awarded with “Research Guide Achievement Award” for his outstanding research in the field of Spectroscopy; the “Psychometric Educational Services Award” by The GCC School of Creative Intelligence and Research Foundation Trust for his valuable services and contributions to Human Resource Development; a “Certificate of Appreciation” for the successful conduct of the unique technical seminars for PG and M.Phil. students at the X State Level Technical Seminar in Physical Sciences in 2008; a “Certificate of Appreciation” by the Journal Spectrochimica Acta in 2007.

It is very evident, that from humble beginnings, Dr. Gunasekaran has come a long way, achieving all that he has, and if he stands tall today, it is only through sheer dint of hard work, honesty, sincerity, perseverance and self-confidence. As a result, his panoramic insight in the research has brought him a prestigious Tamil Nadu Scientist Award (TANSA) in Physical Sciences for the year 2013.

Institutional Policies

Academic Council

Dr..D.S.Ramachandra Murthy was born in 1947 in Chennai. Graduated in Civil Engineering from Dr.Alagappa Chettiar College of Engineering and Technology, Karaikudi, and obtained post graduate degree in Structural Engineering from the College of Engineering, Guindy, University of Madras. Obtained Ph.D. degree from Anna University in the area of Corrosion Fatigue. Served as Junior Engineer (Design) at Tuticorin Harbour Project, Ministry of Shipping and Transport, Govt. of India, for 16 months. Joined CSIR - Structural Engineering Research Center, Chennai, in 1972 and retired as Director Grade Scientist and Advisor (Management) in 2007. Served as Professor and Dean (R&D) at St. Peters Engineering College (conferred deemed University status in 2008) and as Principal, St. Peters College of Engineering and Technology (SPCET). Officiated as Vice Chancellor, St. Peters University during 2012-15. Being an accomplished Scientist of CSIR, Dr.Murthy undertook research projects in the areas of Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics, Steel Offshore Structures, Nuclear Piping components, Housing and Prefabrication, Precast and Prestressed concrete, and advanced concrete technologies. He has untiringly worked to contribute to the needs of the society and industrial development through research and transfer of technology. His major contributions are: creation of a world class facility for Fatigue and Fracture studies at SERC; development of expertise in fatigue and fracture mechanics analysis and testing of full scale components and structures demonstrated through important projects for the Government Departments, industry and MNC. Carried out pioneering research on corrosion fatigue in steel offshore structures in India and evaluated performance of steel offshore structures, automobile and railway components for several industries. Contributed for production technology for precast prestressed concrete monoblock railway sleepers. Organized national and international seminars, workshops and training programmes for dissemination of advanced knowledge. As Dean (R&D), Dr.Murthy initiated M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes at St. Peters University. He also initiated SPIHER MSME Business Incubator sponsored by the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. As Principal at SPCET, he contributed to the development of the nascent institution by motivating faculty and students, and creating necessary infrastructure for achieving high academic performance; conducted several technical programmes including advanced manufacturing technology, disaster management and health monitoring of structures, and two science camps for school students under the Inspire programme of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. As Vice Chancellor at St. Peters University, Dr.Murthy motivated faculty and students to achieve academic excellence, high quality research and industry interaction through MoUs with leading research institutions and industries. Several project proposals were prepared for grant. Ten projects were sanctioned under the SPIHER MSME Business Incubator. Dr. Murthy was deputed to Sweden, U.K., Czechoslovakia, and U.S.A., under UNDP Fellowship Programme for 12 months during 1976-77. Served as short term UNCHS Consultant at Building Research Institute, Kingston, Jamaica, during 1986. Deputed to MPA (Staatliche Materialprufungsanstalt), University of Stuttgart, Germany, under CSIR-DAAD Exchange of Scientists Programme in 2001. Dr.Murthys work has been published as 185 technical papers including 64 in International and National journals, and 19 books/proceedings. He has mentored four Ph.Ds and guided several M.E./M.Tech research dissertations. He served as Editor for Journal of Structural Engineering and Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures. He is also reviewer for two international journals. He won 12 awards for technical papers and a national award from NACE International India Section, Corrosion Society of India. Dr.Murthy is a Fellow of The Institution of Engineers (India) and Life Member of the Indian Concrete Institute and the Indian Society for Non Destructive Testing.
Controller of Examinations

Dr.K.Thirunadana Sikamani, B.E(ECE)., M.E(CSE).,Dip-TD., PhD(CSE)

Dr.K.Thirunadana Sikamani has graduated in B.E (ECE) from Bharathidasan University, Trichy in 1989, M.E (CSE) from NIT Trichy in 1997 and PhD (CSE) from Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli. Having experience of total 32 years; sum acquired from teaching and research 29 years; in addition 3 years of computer hardware industry. Services rendered as heading the departments, Chairman Boards of studies to a couple of Deemed universities and Colleges. Around 40+ papers have been published in refereed journals to strengthen the credentials. Instrumental in establishing state of the art technology laboratories, IT infrastructure and conducting online examinations designing pedagogical system for deemed university programmes by designing and developing curriculum and syallbi.

Assumed the office to serve the institute, student community and society by upholding the standards, ethics with strong determination and perseverance through the epithet “Delivering only deliverables”.

Assumed the office to serve the institute, student community and society by upholding the standards, ethics with strong determination and perseverance through the epithet “Delivering only deliverables”.


Dr.L.Mahesh Kumar Teaching & Research Experience : 25 years Research Area : Manufacturing Technology with focus on Metal forming, Metal Casting & Machining. Research Publications : 21 Work Experience: Various institutions in Bangalore (1989-1992). Adhiyamaan College of Engineering, Hosur (1992-1995). Lecturer to Professor and Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in St.Peter's Engineering College, Chennai (1995- 2007). Principal of SMK Fomra Institute of Technology, Chennai. (2007-2010). Visiting faculty , Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, Guindy, Anna University (2010). Director Academic in St.Peter's University from January 2011. Activities: Member of various professional bodies. Secretary of Indian Institute of Production Engineers, Tamil Nadu Centre. Chief Executive Officer, St.Peter's Engineering College-Technology Business Incubator. Associated with Bharata Natyam for the past 45 years. Performing Nrithya Nivedana in two temples for 20 years.

Vice Chancellor

Dr. P. Dananjayan

Vice Chancellor, St.Peter's Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai.


Education is the sophisticated tool of the human beings for enabling a conducive socio-economic ecosystem. India is evidently engraving its significant milestone in the planet by contributing its manpower to predominant agencies, like government, public and private and corporate sectors across the globe.

St.Peter?s Institute of Higher Education and Research (SPIHER) plays a vital role in producing responsible erudite personalities for the development of country and humankind through its carefully designed pedagogy and makes its mark in global map. SPIHER sports a caucus of academic and industrial doyens which governs the education system by keenly observing the changes occurring in the society. It constantly redesigns the teaching learning system based on the changing needs and future requirements of the society as a whole. Our primary objective is to educate our students to achieve best prosperity in their professional career by our innovative teaching, learning, training and other managerial skill development methodologies. SPIHER rekindles the suo motu cognizance of our students and scholars by inspiring them to seek what they see. SPIHER ensures quality by delivering only deliverables. SPIHER bestows to the society a well trained, ethical UG and PG graduates, research professionals, managers and leaders as market ready employees by its well organized personality and skill training system. SPIHER assures tailor made infrastructure for learning and research environment which undergoes pro tempore revamping to keep in pace with the technology advancements and social needs. SPIHER offers various UG, PG, Research and Skill training programs in Engineering , Technology, Architecture , Arts and Science, Para medical and other streams, with adequate infrastructure and other paraphernalia to enrich the knowledge of the students and scholars undergoing the programs. SPIHER has been a cynosure to precocious and ambitious students since its inception from 1993 and it has inextricably inculcated standards and ethos in them, which assures lucrative career for them. I wish all the aspiring students to be part of this winning team by joining the bandwagon of SPIHER. ?A man who rules his mind , will rule the world? ? Winston Churchill. SPIHER ? An Institution which trains a man to rule his mind.
The Chancellor

We are happy that the St.Peter's Engineering College established in the year 1993 has been declared as a Deemed-to-be-University by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (Education), Government of India, New Delhi, Under Section 3 of the UGC, Act 1956 from 2008-09 onwards in the name and style of St.Peter's University. SPHIER Comprising St.Peter's Engineering College and sponsored by St.Peter's Institute of Higher Education and Research - Trust will continuously strive to focus on imparting quality education, introducing innovative programmes leading to Research and Development for sustainable growth..