Former vice-chancellor of Anna University of Technology, Tirunelveli, M. Rajaram has been appointed as the next vice-chancellor of Anna University.

On Thursday, he called on Chief Minister Jayalalithaa after being appointed as the new vice chancellor. He was the top contender for the post in the shortlist submitted by a search committee. The other professors on the shortlist were the present V-C of the university, P. Kaliraj, and former registrar of the Anna University of Technology, Chennai, S. Gowri. Anna University was without a head for days after former vice-chancellor, P. Mannar Jawahar’s tenure ended in June last year.

In August, the government merged the five AUTs with Anna University in Chennai and professor Kaliraj, the senior-most faculty member of the institutions, was appointed as the officiating vice-chancellor of the unified Anna University. In March, the higher education department constituted a three-member search committee to shortlist the next head.

Professor Rajaram was appointed vice-chancellor of Anna University of Technology, Tirunelveli, in 2010. He graduated in electrical and electronics engineering from Alagappa Chettiar College of Engineering and Technology, Karaikudi, in 1981. He pursued his M. Tech in Power Systems at the Government College of Technology, Coimbatore and Ph.D (Control  Systems) at PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore in 1994.