Dr. G. James Pitchai, the 9th Vice Chancellor of Bharathiar University, is a renowned soil scientist, an able administrator par excellence and a teacher with lofty achievements. Graduating from the esteemed Tamilnadu Agricultural University in Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, he pursued his doctoral research in the same area. Not restricting himself to Soil Science, he has undergone Post Doctoral training in Nano Technology in the USA. The career graph of our Vice Chancellor, has constantly moved upwards right from the beginning of his career in Tamilnadu Agricultural University.
| This shows how systematic and consistent he has been as an academician, researcher and administrator. Such a feat is reflective of his sincerity, dedication and exceptional talents. He has occupied various high positions and delivered his duties and responsibilities with utmost care and efficiency. As the Dean and Head of the department, he has ensured all round development never compromising on quality. Every position held by him has been the greatest beneficiary of his vision and commitment.|
As an academician, he has specialized in the areas of soil fertility management, recycling of industrial waste, regradation of degraded soil by nano particles, organic inorganic fertilizers on soil health and use of nano materials for regradation of polluted soils making his expertise of 34 years a multifaceted and multi dimensional one. In spite of having a highly demanding, punishing in fact, schedule as an academician and administrator, it is amazing that he has found time for co curricular activities. A thoroughbred professional, he gives equal importance to the social space. His efficiency, promptness and endearing personality have earned him membership in various professional and academic bodies.
A staunch believer in enlightening the masses, he has published two ISBN books, several teaching aids and 193 popular articles in various dailies. His contribution to high end research is highly creditable as indicated by his 77 research papers in top professional journals. He has participated in 55 seminars to share his expertise with his fellow scientists. His research contributions are recognized by various National and International organizations. His research projects not only benefited academic and professional institutions but by concentrating on transfer of technology they brought gains even to the laymen.
Our honourable Vice Chancellor is a person known for his precise time management, unfailing punctuality and sincere involvement. These qualities were evident even as he started as a young academic. As a leader, he expects his colleagues to share these three cardinal qualities. Generations of students have enjoyed his ready willingness to share knowledge. He has not allowed specialization and professionalism to come in the way of generating knowledge and making it socio - economically relevant.
Successful in making the high end technology available to poor farmers, his contribution to the betterment of the life and vocation of farmers is immense. As a person he is affable, easily approachable and sympathetic when it comes to solving problems. A complete person, he combines the experienced professional with a learner very young in heart, remaining a tremendous source of inspiration for many a youth.
Mrs. James Pitchai, Dr.Mala Fenn is a dedicated Gynecologist, who is running Fenn Hospital in Madurai. The institution devotes itself to treating generations of the poor and downtrodden for more than 50 years. Our Vice Chancellor is blessed with a daughter and a son who are doing M.D (OG) and final MBBS respectively. It is a coincidence of God’s grace that the entire family is in service of two of the noblest professions.