K. Ramachandran graduated from IIT Madras in 1966 with a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering.
He then went to U.S. and received a Master’s degree in M.E. from Texas A&M University.
Next he worked in Engineering Research for Bell System for 12 years and in Manufacturing Research for Boeing for 20 years.
At age 56, he took an early retirement to come back to India and help his mother run the ancestral family farm.
When his mother died in 10 years, he went back to U.S. to be with his children.
Within 2 years, he had a cardiac arrest (heart simply stops working). Quick actions by his wife and the paramedics saved him. After a quintuple bypass surgery, he was able to recover to normalcy.
He had some unique experiences during the 9 minutes that he was “dead”.
To understand the experience, Ramachandran went on to do research on life and afterlife. Dr. Achuthan Nair, a retired cardio-thoracic surgeon and an expert on Near Death Experience(NDE) was an excellent source for papers and books on NDE. He guided him to papers by others who had similar experiences.
Ramachandran’s quest was completed after a search thru our own ancient books such as Garuda Purana, Purusha Suktha, Narayana Suktha etc.
In that process, he found gems of science and technology buried in our ancient texts. He would like students, faculty and alumni to look into our ancient texts and develop brand new technologies (using a fusion of ancient and modern science) that will put us back in forefront of science and technology.
For the past few months, he has been studying the message from Bhagavad Geetha from the book, “Spirituality at Work” by Prof. Devdas Menon.
He has indicated his interested in funding research projects @ IIT Madras.