C. G. Krishnadas Nair
Born (1941-09-17) 17 September 1941 (age 80)
Kerala, India
OccupationMetallurgist, Technocrat
Scope Award
Vaswik Research Award
Birla Gold Medal
National Aeronautical Prize
Dr Ambedkar Bharat Shree Award
Rashtriya Ratna Award
National Metallurgist Award
Omprakash Bhasin Award
IIM Platinum Award
Swadeshi Science Puraskara
Enterprise Excellence Award
Gold Cross Award
FIE Foundation Award

Chandrathil Gouri Krishnadas Nair is an Indian technocrat, teacher and metallurgical scientist known for his contributions in the field of aeronautical metallurgy. Dr Nair was given the Padma Shri Award by the Government of India for his contributions to science and technology in 2001.[citation needed]

Early years

C. G. Krishnadas Nair was born in kuttipuzha village in Ernakulam district of Kerala on 17 August 1941 as the son of Idaprampalli Manakkal Krishnan Namboothiri and Chandrathil Gouriamma. Sarvadikaryakkar Kunjikutti Pillai is his maternal ancestor. He had his early education in Kerala and continued his studies at IIT Madras to pass graduate degree in Metallurgical Engineering in 1964. He obtained master's degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1966 and earned PhD in 1968 from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.[1]


Production line of the HAL Dhruv at Bangalore
Production line of the HAL Dhruv at Bangalore

C. G. K. Nair started his career as an assistant professor in Regional Engineering College, Suratkal (present KNIT). Later, he worked as visiting faculty at University of Sheffield, UK when he quit teaching career to join Hindustan Aeronautics in the design and development department in 1971.[2] Slowly he rose through the ranks to become the first professional engineer to become MD & Chairman of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. Nair's efforts at HAL is said to have transformed the company into a globally competent aerospace industry through long-term strategic plan with strong R&D, diversification, export, industry academy interaction and work culture based on ethics and teamwork.[3]

Cochin International Airport.JPG

Nair is also credited with efforts that led to the design and development of Advanced Light Helicopter, new Jet trainer and Light Armed Helicopter by HAL. He is considered as the influence behind the design of High Altitude Helicopter, Multi Role Transport Aircraft and many advanced aerospace equipments.[3] In 1991, he founded the Society of Indian Aerospace Technologies and Industries (SIATI)[4][5] to train and support small and medium enterprises to develop aerospace components indigenously. He served as AICTE-INAE Distinguished Visiting Professor at IIT Chennai for two terms after his retirement from HAL when he was appointed as the Vice Chancellor of MATS University. In 2008, he was invited by Government of Kerala to head Cochin International Airport Limited as the Managing Director.[6] He served CIAL till 2011.

The Administrative Block NITC
The Administrative Block NITC

C. G. K. Nair has presented and published 193 scientific papers at various conferences at national and international levels. He has authored 20 books.[7][8] He is the Chairperson of National Institute of Technology Calicut (NITC) since the end of his tenure at CIAL in 2011[citation needed] and is also an independent Director at Global Vectra Helicorp.[citation needed]

Positions held

C. G. K. Nair has held various positions in his career.[1][3]

Awards and recognition

Nair received several awards and recognition during his career.[3][7][8]


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  2. ^ "Citation for Dr. C.G.K. Nair | Metallurgical and Materials Engineering". Archived from the original on 23 May 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d "SIATI | Home". www.siati.org. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  4. ^ "SIATI | Home". www.siati.org. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Society of Indian Aerospace Technologies and Industries". Aeromag. Archived from the original on 23 May 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Flight to Jeddah from city launched". The Hindu. 3 July 2009. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  7. ^ a b Non-Destructive Test and Evaluation of Materials: J Prasad, C G K Nair: 9780070077461: Amazon.com: Books
  8. ^ a b "Life Time Contribution Award in Engineering 2007" (PDF). Indian National Academy of Engineering. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 March 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  9. ^ "Operation Smokeout in Kochi Airport". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Top 5 and Best (Aerospace Engineering) College | JU-IIAEM". iiaem.jainuniversity.ac.in. Retrieved 6 June 2019.

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