V C Kulandaiswamy
1st Vice Chancellor of the Tamil Virtual University
In office
Vice Chancellor
of the Anna University
In office
2nd Vice Chancellor
Indira Gandhi National Open University
In office
Preceded byG. Ram Reddy
Succeeded byRam G Takwale
Vice Chairman
Institute of Asian Studies
Personal details
Born(1929-07-14)14 July 1929
Vangalampalayam, Karur district, Tamil Nadu India
Died10 December 2016(2016-12-10) (aged 87)
Chennai, India
SpouseK. Soundaravalli

V C Kulandaiswamy (14 July 1929 – 10 December 2016) was an Indian academic and author. He completed his Bachelor of engineering in Civil at Government College of Technology, Coimbatore. He obtained his Master of Technology degree from IIT Kharagpur and obtained a PhD in hydrology and water resources from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States).[1][2][3][4]

Kulandaiswamy created an eponymous mathematical model for the rainfall-runoff relationship based on a general equation developed by him. Kulandaiswamy was a member of the UNESCO planning group (1978) for the preparation of the second six-year plan (1981–86) of the International Hydraulic Programme (IHP). He has authored more than 60 research reports and papers in the field of hydrology. He has authored six volumes of poems and seven of prose essays which earned him the Thiruvalluvar Award by Tamil Nadu government in 1999. He has received the Padma Bhushan (2002) and Padma Shri (1992), awarded by the president of India.[5]

He worked for reform of Tamil script to make learning Tamil easier. He won the Sahitya Akademi Award (1988) for his book Vaazhum Valluvam. He died on 10 December 2016 after a short illness.[6]


  1. ^ KSOU VC criticises remarks of Kulandaiswamy
  2. ^ 12,000 completion certificates pending with varsity: V-C
  3. ^ Association of private managements welcomes bid to upgrade colleges
  4. ^ China, India powerhouses for growth: Zhang Yan[usurped]
  5. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Distinguished educationist V. C. Kulandaiswamy passes away". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 December 2016.