Prof. G. Kannabiran
Professor (HAG) & Director i/c


Dr. G. Kannabiran Senior Professor of NIT Trichy and Director of Indian Institute of Information Technology Sri City, Andhra Pradesh has been appointed as Director i/c of NIT Trichy by the Ministry of Education, Government of India.

Dr Kannabiran has served National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli served over three decades in various roles. He has served as Head of the Department for several years and Dean of Research & Consultancy at the institute level. He also served as the Director i/c of NIT Trichy in 2016.

Dr. Kannabiran is the recipient of Commonwealth Professional Fellowship, Fulbright Fellowships, and a British Council Study Fellowship. He served as the national expert of Asian Productivity Organization for international research studies in the areas of Higher Education and Smart Manufacturing.

As the Founding Director of Centre for Entrepreneurship Development and Incubation (Section 8 Company promoted by NITT), he obtained major grants from Ministry of Information Technology, Government of India, Sonata Software Ltd, Asia Foundation and others for promoting innovation and entrepreneurship. He has led the institute to win “High Impact Entrepreneurship Campus Award 2015” jointly conferred by Government of India. Dr. Kannabiran headed the ‘Centre for SME Research Development’ at NIT Trichy.

He has carried out sponsored projects with national and international funding including MeitY, AICTE, UKIERI, The Asia Foundation, for about 700 Lakhs in the areas of Industry-Institute Interaction, Computer-based Learning, Entrepreneurship Development, IT Graduate Employability, SME development, Data Privacy etc. He served as the Chairman of institutional-level ‘Strategic Planning Group’ assisting a major goal-oriented transformation of NIT Tiruchirappalli. He also led the team for development of first strategic plan for NIT Trichy.

His areas of include Business Analysis & IT Consulting, ICT for Development, Business Analytics, IS offshoring, Knowledge management and Software project management. He has served as visiting faculty to many leading institutions including, IIT Madras, IIMs at Kozhikode, Ranchi and Tiruchirappalli. He has spearheaded launch of two new industry-oriented specializations on ‘IT consulting’ and ‘Business Analytics’. He has published/presented about 70 research outputs through international journals and conferences.

He served as the President of Chennai Chapter of International Institute of Business Analysis and served as the Secretary of the Indian Society for Training and Development.

In his role as Director of IIIT Sri City, Dr Kannabiran has launched several initiatives including BTech Specializations in AI & Machine Learning, Cyber Security, Data Science, Cyber physical systems, etc. He has also set up a TBI- Gyan Circle Ventures with a funding of 3.2 Crores from MeitY to provide start-up grant and Entrepreneur-in Residence. He has also introduced several initiatives for skill development of BTech graduates through curricular and co-curricular reforms. He has recently completed a study on Readiness of SMEs for Industry 4.0 adoption in select 5 industry sectors.

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