Prof. E . Balagurusamy
Prof. E Balagurusamy is currently Member, Union Public Service Commission. He
was earlier Chairman of Consortium for Educational Communications (a Government
of India Society for implementing Multimedia Educational Systems in Higher
Education) and Vice- Chancellor of Anna University, Chennai (arguably the
largest technological university with over 300 engineering institutions under
its academic guidance and control.
He holds ME (Hons.) in Electrical Engineering, Ph.D in Systems Engineering,
both from IIT, Roorkee and a Diploma in Education from U.K. He is also a Fellow
of Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers and a Fellow of
Institution of Engineers (India).
He has devoted himself to promoting technical education, particularly
computer education and training, in the country for the last three decades in
all his various endeavors. His earlier assignments include distinguished stints
in BHEL, NIIT, Technical Teachers’ Training Institute, Bhopal, Institute of
Public Enterprise, Hyderabad, PSG Institute of Management, Coimbatore and
Mahaveer Academy of Technology and Sciences, Bangalore.
EBG, as he is fondly referred to, was the IT Advisor to the Andhra Pradesh
Government for ten years. He regarded IT as a tool for massive social and
economic transformation. As an Advisor, during 1980’s and early 1990’s he took
computer education to rural masses by setting up IT training and education
centers in major towns of Andhra Pradesh. He also initiated many steps to
implement IT applications in government administration and public undertakings.
His initiatives became the foundation stones for E-Governance projects in Andhra
Pradesh. He also served as a consultant to Punjab and Rajasthan Governments on
Science and Technology Development during 1986 and 1987.
EBG is regarded as a creator and institution builder. He has established a
large number of institutions and computer centers and serves on the boards of a
number of Universities and Organisastions, both in India and abroad. He was one
of the founders of NIIT Limited & founder Director of Andhra Pradesh
Technological Services Ltd. He served as a Consultant to the United Nations
Industrial Development Organisation on ‘Expert Systems’ from 1991 to 2005.
Prepared project documents for establishing Rajiv Gandhi National University of
Computer Sciences at Delhi (1994) and Pubjab Institute of Information Technology
at Chandigarh (1987).
A prolific writer, he has authored more than 35 books on IT and computers,
many of them are being prescribed as texts in Universities and Colleges
throughout India. His books are very popular among students and teachers alike
for their unique and distinctive learning methodology and simple writing style.
Some of his books have been translated into Hindi, Mandarin, Spanish and Russian
languages. He is considered as the Asia’s leading IT author.
Innovation is his way of life. He believes in doing things differently rather
than doing different things. In all his work he has introduced new approaches,
new systems and a new philosophy in imparting technical and management
education. He obtained a Ph.D degree in 1976 for the innovative and pioneering
work on Reliability Engineering (when the subject was at its infancy) in a
record time of 14 months (from IIT, Roorkee).
Prof. Balagurusamy is known for his philosophy that “skill-based teaching
begin with those skilled in teaching”. A strong patriot, he says that our IT
talent should be retained within the country to help develop Indian industry and
economy. He has always been keen on including ethics and a value based approach
to technical education and has been inculcating these into the next generation
by leading an exemplary life (practices what he preaches).
Prof. Balagurusamy has widely travelled in India and abroad to attend
meetings, seminars and conferences. He has visited UK, USA, Europe, Singapore,
China, Thailand, Mexico and UAE.
His main areas of professional interest include Object-oriented Technology,
Expert Systems, Total Quality Management, Business Process Re-engineering,
Technology Management, E-Business, E-Governance, Management of Change and
A philanthropist, he has established EBG Foundation, a Charitable Trust, to
serve the socially and economically deprived sections of the society. To
recognize and reward talents among the young students is one of the many
objectives of the Foundation.
He is a proud recipient of many awards and honours, and to cite a few:
Chancellor’s Best PG Student Award (1974). Khosla Research Award (1975),
Distinguished Leadership Award (1988), Man of the Year Award (1992),
Distinguished PSG Alumni Award (1994), World Lifetime Achievement Award (1996),
Outstanding Fellow Award of Institution of Engineers (1996). Author of the Year
Award (1998), Rashtria Ekta Award (1999), Vocational Excellence Award (2000),
Bharat Nirman Excellence Award (2000), Bharat Vikas Award (2001), For the Sake
of Honour Award (2002), Seva Ratna Award (2003), Vande Mataram Award (2004),
Deed Award (2004), Higher Education and Development (Head) Award (2004), Life
Achievement Award (2004), Nominated for World Technology Award (2004), Nominated
for Padma Bhushan Award (2004) and (2005) by the Govt. of Tamil Nadu,
Achievement Award (2004), Dr. Meghnad Saha Award (2005), Bharat Madha Fellowship
(2005), and Viswa Vidyacharya, 2007.
In recognition of his accomplishments, he has been listed in the Directory of
International Who’s Who of Intellectuals (UK) and the Directory of Distinguished