Professor and Head, Department of chemistry
Former coordinator, IGNOU Study Centre
Former coordinator, KSOU Study Centre
Prof. M K Veeraiah born on June 01 1955 in Muttanahally, Maddur Taluk, Mandya District, completed his schooling from the same place and did his Bachelors degree in Science (1977) and Post Graduation in Chemistry (1979) from University of Mysore. He also obtained the degrees such as Bachelor of Education (1980) and Master of Education (1989) from University of Mysore and Annamalai University respectively. He did his Ph.D (1998) degree from University of Mysore.
Prof. M K Veeraiah has 33 years of experience in teaching including research. He started his carrier as Lecturer in Education at Sri Siddhartha College of Education, Tumkur & rose to the position of Professor and Head, Department of Chemistry, Sri Siddhartha Institute of Technology (SSIT), Tumkur. He is a member of Academic Council & Board of Studies in SSIT (A constituent college of Sri Siddhartha University, Tumkur).He has served as NSS officer for five years from 1987-1992 & conducted regular activities and special camps at rural areas. He has organized five Blood Donation camps in association with Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bangalore and Sri Siddhartha Medical College, Tumkur.
Prof. M K Veeraiah has served as Coordinator, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) Study Centre from May 1988- April 2008 (10 years). Also he has rendered his services as coordinator of Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) Study Centre SSIT from November 2000 – April 2009 (8½ years).
Prof. M K Veeraiah was instrumental in establishing i] Research Centre in Chemistry affiliated to VTU, Belgaum ii] IGNOU Study Centre & iii] KSOU Study Centre at SSIT, Tumkur. He was the member of expert committee appointed by VTU, Belgaum for the recognition of Research Centers in Engineering Colleges. His field of interest is Chemical Dynamics and Reaction Mechanism, Polymer Blends & Interpenetrating Polymer Network Systems, Polymer Metal Complexes, Polymer Composites and Corrosion Inhibition.
Prof. M K Veeraiah has more than 20 research papers to his credit at National and International conferences and reputed journals. He has participated in number of conferences and symposiums. He has organized two workshops on various topics for the faculty of Engineering Colleges affiliated to VTU, Belgaum. Currently five candidates are pursuing PhD, under his guidance, out of which one has submitted his thesis, other one has submitted the synopsis of the thesis. During 2009,2010 four candidates have been awarded M.Phil degree under his supervision.
In view of sharing knowledge and serve technical and scientific community, he became the member of many professional bodies such as Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE), Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), Indian Council of Chemists (ACC), Indian Chemical Society (ICS), and All India Management Association (AIMA).
Prof. M K Veeraiah has presented a paper at “Singapore International Chemistry Conference” held at Singapore in December 2007 and also visited some important places in Singapore and Malaysia. Also he has presented papers at “International Conference on Frontiers in Chemical Research” (ICFCR-2008) held at Mangalore University, December 2008 & International Conference on Current Trends in Chemistry and Biochemistry (ICCTCB-2009) held at Central College Bangalore University, December 2009.He is the recipient of many prestigious awards such as “Best Student” award (1977), “Best IGNOU Coordinator” award (2005) and “Suvarna Kannadiga” award (2006).
Prof. M K Veeraiah is involved in social activities in the location & is serving as Hon. President of “Nagareeka Vedike” Saraswathipuram, Tumkur. He is the devotee of “Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Ashram”, Tumkur.
Recently during June- August 2010 he has visited some premier Universities such as Harvard, Princeton, Boston, MIT, University at Buffalo, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, Pennsylvania State University and some places of importance in USA.