Dr. P. Venkat Rangan

Vice Chancellor

In 2003, Amma appointed Dr. P. Venkat Rangan as the Vice Chancellor of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. Previously, Dr. Rangan founded and directed the Multimedia Laboratory and Internet & Wireless Networks (WiFi) Research at the University of California, San Diego, (UCSD) where he served as a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering for 16 years. He is an internationally recognized pioneer of research in Multimedia Systems and Internet E Commerce. In 1996, Dr. Rangan became one of the youngest faculty members to be awarded the Full Professor position at the University of California - just 7 years after his Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley in 1989. Dr. Rangan has over 75 publications in International (mainly IEEE and ACM) Journals and Conferences, and also holds over 20 U S Patents.


Dr. Sankaran K.


Dr. Sankaran currently serves as Registrar of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. Dr. Sankaran received his Ph.D. in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and has had a long and distinguished career as a Professor, Chairperson, Principal, and an Academician.


Dr. Prem Kumar Nair

Medical Director, School of Medicine, Kochi
Dean, Faculty of Medical Sciences

Dr. Prem Kumar Vasudevan Nair currently serves as the Medical Director at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences at Kochi campus of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. He also serves as a Professor at the Department of Gastroenterology at the School of Medicine, Kochi.


Br. Sankara Chaitanya

Medical Director, School of Ayurveda, Amritapuri
Principal, School of Ayurveda, Amritapuri
Professor, Kayachikitsa, School of Ayurveda, Amritapuri

Br. Sankara Chaitanya (Dr. C. Nagarajan) currently serves as Medical Director and Principal at Amrita School of Ayurveda.  He is also working as Professor in the Department of Kayachikitsa, Amrita School of Ayurveda.


Dr. Shantikumar Nair

Dean of Research
Director, Nanosciences, Center for Nanosciences, Kochi

Dr. Shantikumar V. Nair currently serves as the Dean of Research at the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. He also holds the office of the Director of India's foremost research institutes - Amrita Center for Nanosciences & Molecular Medicine at Kochi campus of the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. Currently his research focuses on regenerative medicine, nanomedicine and energy-based devices...


Dr. Balakrishnan Shankar

Dean, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
Associate Dean, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
Chairperson, Mechanical, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
Professor, Mechanical, School of Engineering, Amritapuri

Dr. Balakrishnan Shankar is the Associate Dean for the School of Engineering at Amritapuri campus. He currently serves as a Professor, Head of the Department and the Chairperson at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Amrita School of Engineering, Amritapuri.


Dr. Bipin Nair

Dean, School of Biotechnology, Amritapuri
Dean, Faculty of Sciences

Dr. Bipin Nair currently serves as Professor and Dean at the School of Biotechnology. Ph. D. in Microbiology, MS, University of Baroda in 1986. Dr. Nair joined us from MDS Pharma Services, USA, where he worked for over 12 years as the Research Manager in the Lead Discovery Group.


Dr. U. Krishnakumar

Dean, Faculty of Arts, Media & Commerce
Director, School of Arts and Sciences, Kochi

Dr. U. Krishnakumar currently serves as Chairman (Board of Studies), Director & Research Supervisor in the Department of Computer Science and I.T., School of Arts & Sciences, Kochi. His areas of research include Distributed Computing, Medical Informatics, Mentoring, Culture and Media Studies.


Dr. Maneesha V. Ramesh

Dean, International Programs
Director, Amrita Center for Wireless Networks and Applications (AmritaWNA), Amritapuri

Dr. Maneesha V. Ramesh is the Director & Professor at Amrita Center for Wireless Networks and Applications (AWNA) and Dean of International Programs, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.


Dr. Sasangan Ramanathan

Dean, Faculty of Engineering
Professor, Chemical, School of Engineering, Coimbatore

Dr. Sasangan Ramanathan joined Amrita School of Engineering, Amritanagar, Coimbatore as Dean of Engineering in April 2014 with 20 years of international research and management experience. He served as Chief Technology Officer for a multi million dollar company in the US prior to joining Amrita.


Dr. V. S. Somanath

Dean, Faculty of Management
Chairperson, Department of Management, School of Business, Amritapuri

Qualification: M. B. A. (New York University), M. Phil. (New York University), Ph. D. (New York University). Dr. V. S. Somanath currently serves as Dean at the School of Business. He also serves as Professor at the School of Business, Amritapuri. His areas of research include International Finance.


Dr. Krishnashree Achuthan

Dean of PG Programs, School of Engineering, Coimbatore
Director, Cyber Security, Amritapuri
Director, TBI, Amritapuri

Dr. Krishnashree Achuthan heads the Center for Cybersecurity Systems and Networks and Amrita Technology Business Incubator (Amrita TBI) at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. She is the Co-Director of Indo - U. S. and International Initiatives at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. She is also the Dean of PG Programs, Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore and a Professor at the department of Chemical Engineering, Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore.


Dr. Mahadevan S.

Deputy Dean, School of Engineering, Coimbatore
Professor, Sciences, School of Engineering, Coimbatore

Dr. Mahadevan S. currently serves as Deputy Dean of School of Engineering, Coimbatore. His areas of research include Theoratical Nuclear Physics.


Kishore Gopalakrishna Pillai

Associate Dean, Department of Management, School of Business
Professor, Department of Management, School of Business

Professor Kishore Gopalakrishna Pillai currently serves as Professor & Associate Dean, School of Business & Departments of Management, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.


Dr. Rakesh S. G.

Associate Dean, School of Engineering, Bengaluru

Dr. Rakesh S. G. currently serves as Associate Dean & Head at Amrita School of Engineering, Bangalore campus. He also serves as Professor at department of Mechanical Engineering. His areas of interest include Gas Dynamics, Shockwave Dynamics. 


Bhavani Rao R.

Director, Ammachi labs, Amritapuri
UNESCO Chair in Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality, Amritapuri
Chairperson, Department of Social Work, Amritapuri
Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, Amritapuri

Rao R. Bhavani is the Director of AMMACHI Labs. She is the Principal Investigator for several projects funded by the UN Democracy Fund and the MHRD, Government of India. Her her research and work demonstrate her commitment to address the challenges of gender inequality in India. 


Dr. P. Ram Manohar

Director, Amrita Centre for Advanced Research in Ayurveda, Amritapuri

Dr. P. Ram Manohar currently servers as Research Director at Amrita Centre for Advanced Research in Ayurveda. 


Dr. Prema Nedungadi

Director, AmritaCREATE, Amritapuri

Chancellor Amma’s vision to provide holistic Education in K12 and higher education that integrates both life and living skills along with managing health in rural India was the inspiration for AmritaCREATE at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. Dr. Prema Nedungadi is a founding Director at AmritaCREATE, an award winning, educational and health technology for societal benefit initiative of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, with $4.6m in research funding, 2 patents and over 54 publications. She is recipient of the Digital India Award from the Hon’ble Minister of MeitY, in the Category – Digital Empowerment (2015). Other awards include best journal paper, IEEE Transactions in Education (2014), Best Exhibit, Kerala Science Congress (2012), IT Excellence Award for eLearning and Education, Computer Society of India, (2013).


Dr. Shyam Diwakar

Director, Computational Neuroscience and Neurophysiology, Amritapuri
Associate Professor, School of Biotechnology, Amritapuri

Shyam Diwakar is the Lab Director of Computational Neuroscience and Neurophysiology Laboratory, a Faculty fellow at the Amrita Center for International Programs and an Associate Professor at the School of Biotechnology.