T. Kalasalingam – Founder – Anands Group
T. Kalasalingam popularly called as “Kalvivallal" is a veteran freedom fighter, hailed from a humble weaver’s family in S. Ramachandrapuram, near krishnankoil of Virudhunagar District.
After completing his school education here, he got his bachelor degree in commerce through correspondence course. He was employed in khadi craft and latter in India post. Latter he migrated to Chennai, where he established himself in real estate business. His first project was built in Krishnasamy Avenue around 1968. Later he provided homes for many people and completed close to one hundred buildings around Chennai City. Still not satisfied with his goals, he wanted to educate the people living around his hometown - He first setup Kalasalingam Polytechnic at Krishnan koil in 1984 with an aim to provide quality education to the rural masses.
The founding philosophy of the Institutes is to “Empower youth” for development through technology. Later through the years he established Institutions like Arts & Science College, Pharmacy College, ITI, Teacher Training College, B.Ed College, Architecture and Engineering colleges. He also established an International school for the benefit of employers of the campus and rural areas around. In 2006 A.K.Engineering College became Kalasalingam deemed University.
Kalasalingam University introduced a unique Engineering course for the differently abled speech and hearing impaired, which is the first of its kind in whole of Asia. He passed away 2014, after his proved sustainable experience in Educations, Building constructions and Social services.