Monday, July 13, 2015

K.P.P. Nambiar

K.P.P.Nambiar was a brilliant scholar, an expert in the field of Electronics,Technocrat,Industrialist and an  innovative person who was responsible for bringing up Kerala to the forefront in the fields of Electronics and Computer technology.He was the founding Chairman of 'Keltron' in Kerala and also who set up 'Techno park' in Thiruvanathapuram.
K.P.P.Nambiar (Kunnath Puthenveettil Padmanabhan Nambiar) was born on 15th April 1929 at Kalliassery, in Kannur,Herala State.After graduating  from Pachayyappa's College in Madras, he joined the Imperial College of Science and Technology,University of London for higher studies and specialized in Transistors and Semi Conductors.He was holding the degrees and diplomas  like 'M.Sc(Lon), DIC(Lon),FIEE(London),C Engg (Lon) and he served as Research Scholar in Semi Conductor technology at Imperial College from 1954 to 57.He worked at Texas,USA up to 1963 and came back to India.
Up to 1973 he worked in top positions of many prestigious organisations like 'Indian Institute of Technology New Delhi,Project Manager at Philips India,General Manager of 'Nelco' and so on.
In 1973 he was responsible for the formation of 'Kerala State Electonics Development Corporation Ltd' (Keltron) and became the founding Chairman and was in that  position till 1983. He continued as the Executive Chairman till 1985.
Then he served as the Chairman of the Indian Telephone Industries Limited  and next year he was  appointed as the Secretary, Department of Electronics,Govt. of India and worked in this position till 1989.In 1989 he was appointed as the Honorary Special Advisor to Govt. pf Kerala on Industries. 
India's first Electronic Technology Park (Techno Park ) was set up at Thiruvananthapuram during  that period.
K.P.P. Nambiar had several fantastic innovative ideas and he was successful by taking electronics to the remote  villages.He initiated to start women's co-operative units and many of the electronics consumer products of Keltron were assembled in such units by giving employment to several thousand people.
He started  Electronic firms like ' Namtech Electonic Services Limited' at Bangalore and was it's Chairman also.
K.P.P.Nambiar was a true patriot and one who loved Kerala utmost. He




wanted the progress of the State in a big manner.His contributions to the development of Electronics and Computer technology in India and especially in Kerala  would be ever remembered.
K.P.P.Nambiar passed away on 30  June 2015 at Bangalore.He was 86.

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