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Chancellor | Dr. K.Veeramani, Chancellor, Periyar Maniammai University

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NAME : Dr. K.Veeramani

DATE OF BIRTH : 2nd December 1933

PLACE OF BIRTH : Cuddalore Old Town, Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu - India

WIFE : Thirumathi Mohana (Inter-Caste Marriage 1958)

CHILDREN : Two sons and two daughters

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master of Arts (Economics), Annamalai University, 1956
  • Bachelor of Law, University of Madras, 1960

ACADEMIC ATTAINMENTS

  • Gold Medallist in the M.A. Degree of Annamalai University and also won many prizes for academic excellence.
  • Number of Awards for Oratory during College days.

CAREER

1956-60 Assisted Thanthai Periyar in editing Viduthalai, a Rationalist Tamil Daily (originally established in 1935) and in all his Social campaigns.
1961-62 Practised as an Advocate at Cuddalore.
1962-77 Executive Editor, Viduthalai.
1978 Editor, Viduthalai.

MASS CONTACT

  • Addressing public meetings since the age of nine.
  • For the past 60 years through indoor meetings, speeches from Platforms, Seminars & Conventions.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

Conferred the degree of Doctor of Literature (D.Litt.) (honoris causa) by Alagappa University on 4th April 2003.

From the citation: "Thiru K. Veeramani, a relentless fighter for social justice, educational and job opportunities for people belonging to backward and downtrodden sections of the society, especially espousing the cause of Women, Women's Rights and Women Empowerment, is recommended by the Syndicate of Alagappa University for the award of the degree of Doctor of Literature (honoris causa)."

First Recipient of "Periyar Award for Social Justice" from the Government of Tamil Nadu towards his contribution to Social Justice.

Recipient of the First International Award - "CIDA - Award of Excellence" - awarded by Canadian Government to Periyar Centenary Polytechnic College for its effective implementation of Community Development Scheme.

Recipient of "Bharat Jyothi Award" from the Front for National Progress, New Delhi.

Recognizing his contribution to Social Justice, Periyar International Inc., (USA) has instituted "Veeramani Award for Social Justice," given every year to outstanding leaders. Mr.V.P.Singh, former Prime Minister of India, was the first recipient of the award.

In recognition of his service to the Community, the public presented him silver equal to his weight at a State Level Conference held at Pudukkottai.

In honour of his services to the humanity, the public presented in his name to a Public Trust named after Periyar and Maniammai, gold weighed against his weight at an International meet at Thanjavur. The gold, worth Rs. 25 million, was formed as D.K. Trust.

Awarded the title of "Karuthukkanal" (Spark of ideas) by the Malaysia Dravidar Kazhagam.

The Myanmar Self-respect Association conferred the title "Per Arivaalar" (genius) in February 2003.

POSITIONS NOW HELD

President
  • Dravidar Kazhagam (A Leading Social Revolutionary Movement)
  • Dravidar Kazhagam (A Leading Social Revolutionary Movement)
Secretary
  • The Periyar Self-Respect Propaganda Institution (Periyar Trust - A Public Charitable Society, registered in 1952), Chennai.
  • Patron Tamil Nadu Rationalist Forum.
Executive Director
  • International Institute of Periyar's Philosophy and Ideology.Founder and Chairperson
  • Periyar Maniammai Free Clinics at Chennai, Vallam (Thanjavur), Salem, Trichy and Sholinganallur."Founder Member"
  • Periyar Organization for Women Empowerment and Renaissance- POWER (a Public Charitable Trust)
Founder
  • Founder Member and a Trustee of the Lawyers' Forum for Social Justice. (Regd. Office, New Delhi)
  • Periyar Centenary Polytechnic College, Vallam - Thanjavur.
  • Periyar College of Pharmaceutical Sciences for Girls - Trichy
  • Periyar I.A.S. & I.P.S. Coaching Centre, Chennai.
  • Periyar Maniammai College of Technology for Women, Vallam - Thanjavur (The first Engineering College exclusively for Women in the World).
  • Periyar Community College of Continuing Education, Vallam - Thanjavur.
  • Periyar Centenary Memorial Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Trichy.
  • Periyar Computer Research Academy, Chennai.
  • Periyar College of Advanced Computer Education, Trichy.
  • Periyar Centre, New Delhi.
  • Periyar Organisation for Bio-Technic and Eco-System, Thanjavur.
  • Periyar Renewable Energy Training Institute.
  • Periyar Centre for Energy and Environment Management.
  • Periyarism Seminary.
  • Innovative Maestro Periyar Rural Entrepreneur Service Scheme - IMPRESS.
  • Periyar Centre for Cancer Detection and Prevention.
  • Periyar Club of Organ Donors.
Member
  • International Humanist and Ethical Union.
  • British Humanist Society, England.

CAMPAIGNS AND INCARCERATIONS

As a social activist, he campaigned for the cause of Social Justice demanding reservation in education and job opportunities to the socially and educationally backward classes and depressed communities.He championed national causes such as preventing constitutional crisis, violation of human rights and women's rights. For these activities, he was put in prison / judicial custody / subjected to preventive arrests 38 times. (This included his one-year term in Chennai Central Jail as MISA detainee in 1976 during the emergency declared by Indira Gandhi.)

EDITOR

  • Viduthalai - A Tamil Daily
  • Unmai - A Tamil Fortnightly
  • The Modern Rationalist - Monthly
  • Periyar Pinju - Tamil Monthly (Children's Magazine)

PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCES

  • International Conference organized by Tamils in New York - USA in 1984
  • International Peace Congress Convention in Copenhagen - Denmark in 1985
  • Annual Convention of Tamil Nadu Foundation in Toledo - USA in 1995
  • 4th World Atheist Conference in Vijayawada - India in 1996
  • International Conference organised by Periyar International Inc., (USA) in Chennai, 1997.
  • International Conference organised by Humanist Ethical Union held in Mumbai, 1999.

ENDOWMENT LECTURES

Delivered extension lectures on various occasions in the Universities of Nagpur, Madras, Pondicherry and Annamalai; Thanjavur Tamil University and Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai. Delivered the 'G.U. Pope Memorial Lecture' at the House of Lords, Westminster Palace, London on 15.01.2004.

COUNTRIES VISITED

Was an invitee to deliver lectures and participate in seminars/conferences held in Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, USA, Canada, Russia, Japan, Myanmar, England and other European Countries.

Recipient of "CIDA - Award of Excellence" in connection with the Environmental, Health, Poverty-alleviation and Women Empowerment activities undertaken by Periyar Centenary Polytechnic College in joint collaboration with College of the North Atlantic, New Foundland, Canada.

AUTHOR

  • More than 75 books in Tamil and English.

CONTACT

Chancellor - Periyar Maniammai University, Periyar Thidal,

50, E.V.K.Sampath Road,
Vepery, Chennai - 600 007.
Tamil Nadu - India

Tel. : 91 - 44 - 2661 8163 , 91 - 4362 - 264 660

Fax : 91 - 44 - 2661 8866 , 91 - 4362 - 264 660

E-mail : chancellor@pmu.edu