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Dr. S. Gunasekaran, M.Sc.,Ph.D.,D.Sc.
St. Peter’s University,
Avadi, Chennai – 600 054.
Dr. Gunasekaran, Dean (R&D) of St. Peter’s Institute of Higher Education and Research, St. Peter’s University, 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 University and he has established Sophisticated Analytical Instrumentation Facility (SAIF-SPU), 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 65 candidates who have obtained their Ph.D. in Materials Science, Medical Physics, Environmental Science and Molecular Dynamics. He has to his credit, more than 350 publications in reputed journals and has h-index as 23 and i10-index as 63 with 2223 citations. He is also extending his meritorious service of being referee of many reputed journals.
Dr. S. Gunasekaran has a credit of founding an association, in November 1998, called ‘Indian Spectrophysics Association’ with the acronym ISPA, a registered society under whose auspices, conferences, workshops and seminars are organized. Dr. Gunasekaran has an enviable record of having organized 6 International conferences and 12 National Conferences. He has organized 15 State Level Technical Seminars in Physical Sciences for PG and M.Phil. students, since 1999. This acts as a great fillip to students to pursue research and also compete for the ISPA-Dr. Gunasekaran Award. ISPA Awards have also been instituted to honour eminent Scientists in the field of Spectroscopy, which are being presented annually at these Seminars and Conferences.
Dr. S. 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. S. Gunasekaran had the honour 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 including Tamil Nadu Scientist Award (TANSA 2013) in Physical Sciences. 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. 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 Higher Education Award 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. Dr. Gunasekaran has recently bestowed with Ariviyal Kalanjiyam Award 2015 by Mayilai Thiruvalluvar Tamil Sangam, Chennai.
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.
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