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Our Founders: Our Visionaries Alumni Registration Form

Dr. K. Padmanabhan was born to Tmt. Kuzhalamony and Thiru. Kesavaperumal on 22nd March,1927. After completing his Secondary School education at S.M.R.V.High School, he joined Scott Christian College to pursue the intermediate course. His graduation in the subject of Zoology at H. H. Maharaja’s College in Thiruvananthapuram was the stepping stone towards his aspiration – "Becoming a Medical Graduate" and he achieved his goal at Stanley Medical College, Madras in 1953 and got appointed as Assistant Medical Officer in Catherine Booth Hospital, Nagercoil. His marriage in 1948 with Tmt. N. Bhagavathy Ammal, daughter of Thiru. Pioneer S. Kumaraswamy, the great industrialist of the District, become a driving force and carved him as a multi-faceted personality.

In 1960 he undertook the management of Nagammal Mills Ltd., with his wife Tmt. N. Bhagavathy Ammal as its Managing Director. Establishing Kumar Medical Centre at Nagercoil in 1962 and obtaining the dealership of IOC in 1964 elevated his elegance. He widened his outlook in uplifting the downtrodden people through his social and academic endeavours.

As the Founder President of the Lions Club of Nagercoil he proved himself as a Modest humanitarian towards the needy people. His quest for disseminating the knowledge through Higher Education ignited him to focuss on academic activities also. He served the society as the Founder Member of Lekshmipuram College of Arts and Science, Neyyoor in 1964, Founder President Vivekananda College, Agastheeswaram and Correspondent of Sri Devi Kumari Women’s College, Kuzhithurai (1966-1969).

As the Alumnae of S.M.R.V High School, Vadasery, Nagercoil, he served as its Manager for the period of 1964-1978. His accomplishments in academics were duly recognized by Madurai Kamaraj University and he was elected as the prestigious Member of the Senate, Syndicate and Academic Council of the University. He adorned these offices during 1960s and 1970s and had a pivotal role in the effective functioning of the University. He represented the University on the Medical Council of India also.

His concerted academic efforts and dedication, culminated in establishing a secular and non-commercial Higher Education Institution in the name of the prodigious personality Thiru. Pioneer Kumaraswamy. As the Founders of this reputed institution Dr. K. Padmanabhan and Tmt. N. Bhagavathy Ammal, had striven much in achieving the vision of enriching and empowering the students with values. Procurement of high rate of results in 1975 and 1976 earned the Rolling cup and reputation from the Government of Tamilnadu.

He widened his missionary zeal when he was appointed as the President of Kanyakumaridevaswom Board by the Government in 1966. As the Area Commander of Home Guards in Kanyakumari District (1966-1969) he set himself as the Role Model for the Younger generation. His perspicacious vision kept the Nagammal Mills to sustain and flourish even during the period of economic recession and stagnation.

Dr. K. Padmanabhan's sudden death in May 2006 did not fade away his virtues like disciplined work culture, humanity, secular outlook and determination. His modest, simple, and courteous attitude are the imprints that are successfully followed by his noble successor Er. P. Kumaraswamy, Chairman and Managing Director, Nagammal Mills (P) Ltd., and Educational Agency. As the President of Pioneer Kumaraswamy College Committee Er. P. Kumaraswamy and Tmt. Latha Kumaraswamy, Member of the Committee are striving to fulfil the aspirations of Dr. K. Padmanabhan with the blessings of Tmt. Bhagavathy Ammal.

Perseverance and sustained efforts always help to reach pinnacles. Fostering and rearing his farsighted thoughts into reality is the best tribute to our Founder.