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 82 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 42 and i10-index as 185 with 7787 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 20 international, 18 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 13 Veteran Scientists Award, 42 Life Time Achievement Award, 81 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, Dr. Gunasekaran is honoured with five prestigious Awards viz., Tamil Nadu Scientist Award,ISPA Dr. S. Mohan Life Time Achievement 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. M. Palaniswamy, Dean, Planning, Development and Accreditation, St. Peter’s Institute of Higher Education and Research (SPIHER), Deemed to be University, Chennai is a learned personality, revered for his nature of simplicity and for his academic accomplishments. He obtained his Doctorate in Biotechnology from Bharathiar University, Coimbatore in 1998. He began his career as a Lecturer and Head at RVS College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore in the Department of Microbiology in 1998. Then he worked at Karpagam Arts and Science College, Coimbatore from 2002 as Senior Lecturer and Head and Founder Department of Microbiology. From there he availed lean to serve in Eritrea as Associate Professor and Head in the Department of Biology, Eritrea Institute of Technology, Eritrea for a period of a year.

He was then promoted as the Head of the Department of Microbiology, Karpagam Academy of Higher Education (Deemed to be University) in the year 2008. His tenure as the Head of the Department of Microbiology lasted till the year 2014 until his promotion as Dean, Faculty of Arts Science and Humanities at Karpagam Academy of Higher Education, Coimbatore.  He served as Dean for a period of five years from 2014 to 2019. He has served as Registrar at Karpagam Academy of Higher Education, Coimbatore from 2020 to 2022. He is also entrusted with the critical tasks of preparing documents for NIRF, NAAC, and AISHE by the Karpagam Academy of Higher Education.

He has 25 years of Teaching experience and 30 years of Research experience in the domain of Biotechnology. His credentials include publication of 143 research papers in reputed journals.  To his credit, he has filed seven patents so far. He undertook and completed five major research projects funded by UGC, DST, DBT and SERB. He has successfully guided 20 scholars towards their PhD.

His name is incorporated in the Marques Who’s Who in Biotechnology. He is a Fellow of Applied Biotechnology, India. His research interests are microbial enzyme technology, food biotechnology and health care science to name a few. He has visited many countries including Singapore, Thailand, Eritrea, Malaysia and Qatar for various academic purposes.  He currently holds the position of Dean Planning, Development and Accreditation at St. Peter’s Institute for Higher Education and Research (SPIHER), Chennai from 2023 onwards.

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”.


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.