Thiru A.N. Radhakrishnan, Chancellor of Meenakshi Academy of Higher Education & Research (MAHER - Deemed-to-be University), Managing Trustee of Meenakshi Ammal Trust & Sri Muthukumaran Educational Trust, passed away on Saturday, December 3, at 7 a.m. in Chennai. His humble beginnings, being born into an agricultural family in Athiyur Village in Uthiramerur, shaped his worldview and strengthened his belief in the power of education. He started his career as a teacher, proceeding to work as a senior lecturer for over three decades in the State Institute of Commerce Education (SICE), under the Dept. of Technical Education, Government of Tamil Nadu.

The first breakthrough in A.N. Radhakrishnan's vision came to fruition, after he established the ‘Seven Hills Polytechnic’ at Alappakkam, Chennai, in 1984. Today his vision has expanded to encompass a value-based concept of education with a strong foundation in research in order to develop skilled individuals to serve the community and Meenakshi Academy of Higher Education and Research (Deemed to be University) is a testament to that vision. He is revered among educationists and students for being a great visionary, eminent educationist, legendary philanthropist, compassionate humanitarian, brilliant administrator, and above all, a humble human being, and his legacy will live on forever. 

Mr. A.N. Radhakrishnan, M.A., D.Com., is the Managing Trustee of Meenakshi Ammal (MA) Trust and the Honorable Chancellor of MAHER - Meenakshi Academy of Higher Education and Research (Deemed-to-be University). Since its inception, the profound academician has headed all the educational activities taken up by the Trust, from setting up schools in rural areas to starting highly technical and advanced colleges, with the aim of making education accessible and affordable to all. The last rites of Thiru A.N. Radhakrishnan were held yesterday, December 4, in Chennai at 11 a.m. He is deeply mourned by family, friends, relatives, management and staff, and students.