PM Tribute June 2019

A Tribute to Prof. T. Shivanandam:

Anirban Banerjee

PMI Bangalore India Chapter is saddened by the recent demise of a long time volunteer, mentor and well wisher of the chapter. We will always cherish the long relationship that we have had with Prof T Shivanandam and will remember fondly all the memories we created together as a team. His association with PMI Bangalore Chapter began in 2009 and since then has been a strong advocate and supporter of the Chapter. He has helped the Chapter connect with senior management in some of the public sector organizations. Prof T Shivanandam was instrumental in inviting T. N. Seshan, Former Chief Election Commissioner of India, to the PMPC 2010.


Prof T Shivanandam was a true veteran in many ways. During the course of his career spanning almost 50 years, he has excelled in all the different roles from pioneering engineering initiatives to a leading academician. Prof T Shivanandam was an industrial engineer by profession and served Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for several decades. At BEL he spearheaded many initiatives, including the creation of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). The EVMs are designed to be very tough machines as they have to survive all kinds of situations from mule-back rides in remote locations of the country to several hours of voting.


As an academician, Prof Shivanandam took a great interest in teaching and was a visiting faculty in several management institutes. He was a very jovial person and his wit made his presentation topics very unique and memorable. He was a stickler for time and had his own way of enforcing things. When he gave out assignments, he would have a collection box till the announced deadline. Once the deadline had passed, he’d promptly replace the collection box with a dustbin! Prof Shivanandam had a very interesting way of depicting stories and episodes along with practical examples. He was an excellent speaker and his views carried his rich experience and vast intellect. Prof Shivanandam was an approachable person and was always willing to help. He participated in the Chapter events with his candid views and suggestions.


On his personal front, Prof Shivanandam advocated and practiced an interesting 20-20-20 rule. He said that to be fit in the body, soul and mind, one had to sharpen the intellect by spending 20 minutes everyday solving puzzles, crosswords, sudoku, 20 minutes physical exercise like walking, dance and 20 minutes staying current by reading about current affairs to stay on top of things. Those who had the opportunity of meeting him, will always remember Prof Shivanandam for his amazing personality, a great sense of humour and the energy he carried about him.

The chapter has truly lost a well-wisher and a great friend.


This tribute was made possible with inputs from Mr. Ravindranath Palahalli (PSR) and Mr. Amar Bhaskar.