Dr. Ponnavaiko is the Vice Chancellor of Bharathidasan University in Trichy. He graduated in Electrical Engineering from Guindy Engineering College and obtained his M.Sc. (Engg.) in Power Systems from the same institution. He received his Ph.D. degree in Optimal Distribution System Planning from 1.I.T. (Delhi).
He was a pioneer in the country to promote energy conservation techniques using his models for improving the Distribution systems of the State Electricity Boards through Rural Electrification Corporation, New Delhi. He is also a pioneer in promoting Virtual Education in the country. His contributions to the Tamil Virtual University of the Tamil Nadu Government, as its founder Director, and to the Committee on 'National Initiatives on Engineering Experimentation', constituted by the AICTE, as an Expert Member, are commendable. He has been a researcher and consultant in the areas of Power System and Computer Engineering for over 3 decades. He has made original contributions, and his models arc known as "Ko Models". He has published over 60 technical papers and worked on more than 30 research projects. His areas of interest are Power System Studies, Curriculum Planning and Tamil Computing.
He has been referred as a distinguished individual in the "Who's Who in Science and Engineering" publication. Marques' 4th Edition. U.S.A., 1998 -99.