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  • A visionary with a mission
  • A staunch nationalist
  • A great industrialist
  • An exceptional educationist
  • A social savant
  • A generous philanthropist
  • A crusading promoter of Tamil
  • Led a life of sacrifice

Emeritus President

  • The first and two-time Vice Chancellor of Alagappa University
  • A multi-lingual scholar
  • A widely respected academician
  • A member of several prestigious bodies
  • A patron of religious and literary scholars
  • A generous contributor for noble causes
  • A devout person

  • Managing Director of Thiagarajar Mills Ltd., Madurai and Thiagarajar group of companies.
  • Serves on several high level prestigious bodies which promote industrial development and enhancement of skills for societal change
  • Chairperson of the Trust that governs Arulmigu Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple, Madurai
  • Formerly Syndicate Member of Anna University
  • Formerly Member of Tamil Nadu State Planning Commission, Chennai
  • An industrialist and entrepreneurial leader
  • An educationalist with 40 years of experience in educational administration


  • Obtained a doctoral degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology from Madurai Kamaraj University
  • Former Convener and Executive Committee member of INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art, Culture and Heritage) Madurai Chapter
  • She plays a key role in the Corporate Social Responsibility programmes of the Thiagarajar Group of concerns.
  • Charity and Philanthropy are an integral part of Dr. Uma Kannan’s life. She is closely involved in work involving the development of underprivileged rural women and children
  • Chairperson - Thiagarajar Crafts Foundation, Madurai, which supports documentation and revival of local crafts.
  • Chairperson - Women's Studies Centre, Thiagarajar College, Madurai.


  • Executive Director of Thiagarajar Mills Pvt Ltd
  • Director at VTM Limited, Virudhunagar
  • Former Chairman, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Tamilnadu
  • Member - Executive Council of the Young Indians (Yi) Madurai Chapter
  • Member - COYD (Committee of Young Directors) SIMA, Coimbatore
  • Member in the Committee of Administration of TEXPROCIL (The Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council), Mumbai
  • Secretary of Thiagarajar College, Madurai
  • Member of the Textile Sector Skill Council (TSC), New Delhi