About Us


Dr.A Shanmugasundaram


Dr. A. Shanmugasundaram a noble Philanthropist and Educationist, established the Thirumuruga Kirupananda Variyar Thavathiru Sundara Swamigal Medical Educational & Charitable Trust in the year 1981. It is a registered Trust, totality self-supporting, based at Salem, Tamilnadu, India.

Dr. A.S. Ganesan


Dr. A.S. Ganesan is the Chancellor of Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation (Deemed to be University) and is instrumental to the continued growth of the institution from its humble beginnings in 1981, to today’s VMRF DU with over 15,000 students and 5000 employees.

Dr. A.S. Ganesan received his Medical Degree in 1992 from Madras Medical College.

Since 1995, Dr. A.S. Ganesan has worked with the Founder Chairman Dr. A. Shanmugasundaram in establishing and developing medical colleges in Pondicherry & Karaikal and an engineering college in Chennai. He took up end-to-end responsibility towards establishing and governing the institutions to offer multiple undergraduate and post graduate programmes.

Dr. A.S. Ganesan was instrumental in growing the campuses into Deemed to be University status in 2001 through his administrative ability and vision to educate and inspire young learners.

In the year 2013, Dr. A.S. Ganesan was appointed as the Chancellor by the Board of Trustees, headed by the Founder Chancellor.

Under his leadership VMRF-DU contributes to the medical and healthcare needs of society through its ambit institutions and network of hospitals. It provides sophisticated facilities and expertise and is also used as a referral center by neighboring hospitals.

VMRF-DU hospitals serve in alleviating the health care problems of rural communities. Dr.A.S.Ganesan’s vision is to uplift economically under privileged sections of society living in rural areas through education, employment, health facilities and social & community development. He is a leader par excellence in higher education, well known for his commitment and advocacy for accessible, high-quality, graduate and post graduate education for rural youth.

Dr. A.S. Ganesan is keen on promoting innovation, multi-disciplinary research, introducing socially relevant programs, skill development, industry affiliations and international collaborations. He received the Edupreneurs Award for Education Excellence from The Times of India in 2012 and 2014.

Dr. A.S. Ganesan continues the cultural and philanthropic activities started by the Founder Chairman Dr.A.Shanmugasundaram, including the management of the 1008 Shivalaya Temples in Salem which is a part of the Incredible India initiative promoted by India’s Ministry of Tourism and is a landmark in the state of Tamil Nadu. Apart from this, numerous temples, community halls, buildings and lands have been donated for several charitable activities in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

Dr. A.S. Ganesan is married to Dr. Anuradha and is blessed with a daughter and a son.

Dato' Sri. Dr.S.Sharavanan


Pro Chancellor - Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation (Deemed to be University)



Dr. Anuradha Ganesan, the Vice President of Vinayaka Mission's Research Foundation, Deemed to be University, is a dynamic professional managing a range of responsibilities in education, health care, infrastructure, and outreach activities.

Dr. Anuradha, who earned her medical degree from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, oversees both health and non-health faculties at VMRF-DU. She also manages Vinayaka Missions Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS), a 200-bed super-specialty hospital in Salem, and drives entrepreneurship through the Ganesan Incubation and Entrepreneurship Center (GIEC).

At present, Dr. Anuradha is overseeing the establishment of a 350-bed super-specialty hospital in Puducherry, set to be operational in April 2024.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Dr. Anuradha is the founder of Thirukkural Semmal Na. Manimozhiyanar Muthamizh Aayam, focusing on improving Tamil literacy skills among college students. Actively involved in social impact initiatives, she plays a vital role in Vinayaka Mission Academy, LBR Foundation India, and the Rotary Club of Madras.