Profile of Mr. Ramanathan Vairavan, Grandson of Dr. RM. Alagappa Chettiar
Mr. Vairavan, the son of Mrs. Umayal Ramanathan, was born in April 1948 in Chennai. He had his early education at Lawrence School, Lovedale and studied Chemical Engineering at Alagappa College of Technology in Madras. He went to the United States of America to pursue his post graduate studies, obtaining his Master‘s degree in Biomedical Engineering at Washington University and later a Master‘s Degree in Business Administration, specializing in Pharmaceutical Marketing.
He worked with the multinational company Hoechst AG of Germany in various executive positions in research, product development and manufacturing, sales, marketing and management in Germany, Singapore and the United States, over a period of almost 25 years. In 1998, he founded Caldon Biotech in California, a company engaged in the manufacturing and distribution of clinical diagnostic reagents and instrumentation. He is also a co-founder of AutoGenomics Inc., a company engaged in the development of a new emerging technology of biochips. Using this state-of-the-art technology, doctors will soon be able to diagnose patients based on their genetic makeup and provide personalized medicine to treat their illness.
Mr. Vairavan has been actively involved to enhance the quality of education and the infrastructure of the schools, both in Chennai and Karaikudi. He was instrumental in establishing the following institutions:
- Alagappa Institute of Information Technology, Chennai - 1999
- Alagappa Foundation Inc. California, USA - 2001
- Alagappa Performing Arts Academy, Dance Program - 2005
- Alagappa Performing Arts Academy, Music Program - 2008
- Alagappa Performing Arts Academy, Vaasthu Science- 2012
- Alagappa Academy (CBSE Program), Karaikudi - 2014
- Alagappa Girls School, Karaikudi - 2015
Mr. Vairavan has formed an organization in the United States named Alagappa Foundation Inc. The objective of this foundation is to form a worldwide organization of the alumni of the various Alagappa Colleges and schools in Chennai & Karaikudi and establish synergies to support the various Alagappa institutions through financial and technological support. It is his firm conviction to set up an industry in the area of biotechnology and follow the footsteps of his grandfather, Dr. Alagappa Chettiar to further the cause of education and establish a Medical College in Karaikudi and at the same time integrate industry with the institutions to come up with innovative research and Academics programs to bring fame not only to the Alagappa institutions but also to the state of Tamil Nadu and India.