Dr. P. Kolandaivel was born in an agricultural family at Akkaraipatti, Vennendur Block, Namakkal Dt. He had his primary and secondary education at Government Schools and got his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Madras. Dr. P. Kolandaivel started his research career in the field of Molecular Spectroscopy and was awarded Ph.D. by the University of Madras in the year 1987. Vice chancellor worked as an Assistant Professor of Physics till 1988 at Government Arts. He joined as faculty in the Department of Physics, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore and was elevated as Professor in the year 2002.