Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment says the Buddha. With his hallmark characteristics of passion for life and compassion for the living, the 2nd Vice Chancellor of Academy of Maritime Education and Training (AMET), a Deemed to be University (Established as per Sec.3 of the UGC Act, 1956) Col.Dr.G.Thiruvasagam has thrown himself heart and soul into the task of instilling excellence and quality in all aspects of life on campus.
A person of academic and administrative eminence, Col.Dr.G.Thiruvasagam brings with him his dynamic experience of four decades, his keen sense of justice and his generous spirit of fraternity all of which served him well in a career spanning 34 years as Professor of Commerce and Management and 10 years as Principal and a stint as Member of the Syndicate of Madurai Kamaraj University that culminated in his being appointed as Vice Chancellor for two successive terms (between 2006-2012) of two eminent universities in Tamil Nadu namely Bharathiar University, Coimbatore and the prestigious 155 year old first ‘Port’ University of India, the University of Madras.
Hailing from the small village, Siruvelangudi in Sivagangai district, Tamil Nadu State, by dint of hard work and single-minded sense of purpose Col.Dr.G.Thiruvasagam obtained his Ph.D from Madurai Kamaraj University in the discipline of Management, and later went on to do his post doctorate fromUniversity of Southampton, United Kingdom. His academic career spreading over more than four decades, include the honour of having been invited to associate with the University of Southampton, UK, during 1991-92 as Research Fellow, Visiting Faculty at National University of Singapore during 2011-12 and during the year 2015-16, invited to serve as Visiting Professor at Alam Maritime Resources, Malaysia.
Apart from authoring Eighteen books, of which a few to be mentioned viz. Qualitative Research Methodology, Business Research Methods,Logistics Management, Financial Management, Customer Relationship Management, Introduction of Shipping ,Company Law and Essentials of Maritime Law and Insurance, he has also authoredthirty six publications in National and International Journals, which have had considerable impact among academicians and research scholars.
Col.Dr.G.Thiruvasagam has had the privilege of serving as a Member in various committees of prestigious bodies including Planning and Academic Committees and Visiting Committees of University Grants Commission, as well as Visiting and Evaluation Committee of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). He has served as Executive Committee Member in Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education which is the top level Planning Board of the Higher Education of the State. He was one of six Vice Chancellors of India invited to serve on the Central Advisory Board for Education (CABE), the apex body responsible for making recommendations to the Ministry of Human Resource Development on all aspects of Higher Education.
Col.Dr.G.Thiruvasagam has visited almost all the major countries of the world like USA, UK, Germany, France, Australia, Japan, China, Spain, Singapore, UAE, etc and has interacted with the authorities and the scientists in their Universities and their industries. The magnitude and consequences of internalization of Higher Education have not only been imbibed but underlined during these visits. That 34 MoUs have been signed with major industries and leading universities of the world as a part of the academia- industry collaboration, only serves to reveal that these visits have been translated into practical action with far reaching impact on Higher education in our country.
As a conscientious social worker who is committed to extending a helping hand to the economically challenged and differently-abled students Col.Dr.G.Thiruvasagam has personally spearheaded several meaningful programmes that apart from motivating students and faculty, have had a positive and long lasting effect on the general public.
As an administrator the Vice Chancellor believes in the words of a wise woman Maya Angelou, "If you don’t like something, change it if you can’t change it, change your attitude." A man of principles, Col.Dr.G.Thiruvasagam does not control or enforce. Instead he has learned the fine art of listening to his team, bonding with them and carrying them along, adopting concrete measures to achieve his goals.
As an innovator in the field of academics and administration Col.Dr.G.Thiruvasagam is fond of saying "I am not complacent about what has been done, I try to concentrate only on what remains to be done."
In recognition of his academic contributions in the field of higher education, he was awarded with "Colombo Plan Fellowship" by the British Council, United Kingdom in 1992, conferred with “Colonel Status” by the Tamilnadu State NCC Battalian in 2008 and adjudged as the "Best Management Leader" by the International Business Management Council, Mumbai in the year 2016. Though he has held several notable positions and received awards including the "National Award" for Social Service from the then President of India, Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and the "Service above self" award from the Rotary International, Col.Dr.G.Thiruvasagam retains an admirable simplicity of approach, a touching concern for one and all and above all the courage and the enthusiasm to treat each day as an opportunity to do good for all of humanity.