Pavaguda V. Indiresan
EducationUniversity of Birmingham
Known forDirector of Indian Institute of Technology
AwardsHonorary Member of IEEE (1988)
Padma Bhushan award (2000)
Scientific career
Notable studentsAvinash Kak

Subhash Kak

Arogyaswami Paulraj

Pavagada Venkata Indiresan (1928–2013) was an Indian engineer, educationist, and administrator. He served as Director of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Madras during 1979-1984. He was professor at IIT Delhi during 1965-1979 and 1987-1993.[1]

He did his Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham.

He served as president, Indian National Academy of Engineering, New Delhi, India. He was named an Honorary Member of IEEE in 1998 "for contributions to the growth of electrical engineering in India through his leadership in education, applied research and professional engineering institutions."

He was the Ph.D. supervisor of Avinash Kak, Subhash Kak, and Arogyaswami Paulraj.[2]

He received the Padma Bhushan award in 2000.[3]

He challenged in court the Government of India's decision to reserve seats in the IITs for Other Backward Classes in central educational institutions under the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act, 2006 [4] For many years he wrote a column on science and technology for The Hindu's Businessline.[5]


  1. ^ Bhagat, Rasheeda (24 February 2013). "P.V. Indiresan: An endearing teacher passes away". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  2. ^ "The Mathematics Genealogy Project — Pavaguda Indiresan". Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Padma Bhushan Awardees — Padma Awards — My India, My Pride — Know India: National Portal of India". 9 December 2012. Archived from the original on 28 October 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  4. ^ "P.V.Indiresan vs Union Of India & Ors on 18 August, 2011". Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  5. ^ "P V Indiresan News | Business Line". Retrieved 26 June 2015.