V. Balachandran, first Ph.D. in Corporate Secretaryship and FCS is Dean, Faculty of Management and Professor and Head, Department of Corporate Secretaryship and formerly Director of Distance Education, Alagappa University, Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu. Having 33 years of PG teaching experience and 28 years of research experience in the field of Commerce, Corporate Secretaryship and Management, also served as Coordinator for UGC's Innovative Programme- one Year PG Diploma in VAT & Service Tax for the students of School of Management from July 2012-15. His Current areas of specialization are Capital market and Security laws, Indirect Taxation (GST), Financial Management, Corporate Governance, Ethics, CSR & Corporate Management and Economic Laws. He has guided successfully 27 scholars for the award of Doctoral Degree and 50 M..Phil scholars in the field of Commerce, Corporate Secretaryship and Management. He has published over 340 articles/research papers in reputed National and International journals and presented papers in about 125 National Level Seminars, Conference and Workshops. Authored and Co-authored 14 books by reputed Publishers like Sultan Chand and Sons, Bharat Law Book House, Tata Mc-Graw Hill, Prentice Hall of India, Vijai Nicole Imprints. A fellow member of organizations, such as the Institute of Company Secretaries of India(ICSI), New Delhi and United Writers Association, Chennai. Professor Balachandran has been conferred with many awards such as Rashtria Vidya Saraswathi Puraskar by the International Institute of Education and Management, New Delhi, Life Time Achievement Award for Educational Excellence by Indian Economic Development and Research Association, New Delhi, Alagappa Excellence Research Award by Alagappa University, National Education Award by Global Management Council, Ahmedabad, Certificate of Award for 25 years of unblemished service in Alagappa University, Indira Gandhi Excellence Award by International Business Council. He has completed research projects on Social Responsibility Initiatives by Private Sector Companies in Tamil Nadu funded by UGC- MRP (April 2013- September 2015) WTO-IPR Challenges and Opportunities for Members of ICSI funded by The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (2004-2005), Financial Services of NBFCs in Coimbatore-Minor Research Project funded by UGC (April 2000- April 2001), Evaluation of Non Banking Financial Companies in TN funded by UGC (Feb,1998- Feb,2000) and Equity Financing in Small Scale Industries in TN funded by UGC-MRP (1993-96).