Dr V. Ragavendran received his Master’s degree in Physics in 2008 from the Government Arts College, Kumbakonam (known as the Cambridge of South India), and his Doctorate in Physics from Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Viswa Mahavidyalaya, India. He is a university rank holder in his Master’s degree. He was a summer research fellow in 2007, offered jointly by Tamilnadu Academy of Sciences, Science City and the University of Madras, India. He is presently serving as Physics Professor at Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Viswa Mahavidyalaya.
His lecture courses cover quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, relativity, electronics, engineering physics, astrophysics, research methodology and advanced instrumentation techniques. He has over 10 yeas of teaching experience and has actively participated in curriculum development as a member of the Board of Studies. He is a recipient of many awards such as Best Paper Awards, Best Researcher Awards and Best Teacher Awards. He co-authored the book A Beginner's Guide to Instrumentation Techniques.
He has published more than 10 papers in international journals, has supervised 25 MPhil scholars and five postgraduate students, and is a referee for more than 15 international journals. He has delivered more than 10 invited talks and presented more than 50 papers at national and international conferences. In addition, he has acted as a resource person in chairing oral and poster sessions at various national and international conferences and workshops. Among the Vibrational Spectroscopy community he is known for his contributions to a number of molecular simulations and vibrational assignment works using the Density Functional Theory tool.
He also takes part in several community projects, which include scientific refereeing for the Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, the Journal of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, the International Journal of Informative & Futuristic Research, and others (totalling about 15 journals). He also organizes hands-on training programmes for young scientists and research scholars, organizes and participates in conferences, seminars and workshops, and organizes faculty development programmes. He is a life member of professional academic bodies like the Indian Science Congress Association, the Indian Physics Association, the Laser and Spectroscopy Association and the Indian Association of Physics Teachers.