Dr. G.P.C. Nayar


Born in Thevannoor, a remote village in Kottarakkara Taluk in Kollam District, Dr. Nayar had his primary education in his native village. His father K. Gopalan Unnithan was a teacher at this school and mother P. Lekshmi Amma was a homemaker. They had eight children, two girls and six boys of which only two girls and three boys reached adulthood. Dr. Nayar was the eighth child.

After primary education he moved to Valakom, about 9 kilometers away from Thevannoor for his high school education. He joined Fatima College, Kollam for his intermediate and later joined the then prestigious University College, Trivandrum and graduated in Science from the University of Kerala.

After a short teaching assignment in NSS College, Pandalam, Nayar moved to Nagpur University for a postgraduate programme in Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising. A first rank holder of the University, he gravitated to Delhi to become a great journalist and writer. A short stint with the Hindustan Times Daily made him realize that it is not his cup of tea and returned to Kerala to take up the position of Information Officer in the State Public Relations Department. However, this too could not contain him for long. He joined TCC Ltd., the then largest State Public Sector Undertaking, as its Public Relations Chief, at its central office in Cochin.

Dr. Nayar completed his PGDBA from Kerala University and MBA from Cochin University. He obtained a PhD in Mass Communication in 1982 from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Nayar started a private limited steel structural fabrication company called Steel Tech Private Ltd., in Cochin, which commenced its operation in 1980. He resigned a coveted job he was holding in the State owned Travancore Cochin Chemicals Ltd, Cochin to work full time for his company. Unfortunately, the business failed and he had to close down the company. He initiated another venture and started a Computer Technology Centre when computer was just emerging as a tool of management. This venture failed too. However, nothing could deter his spirit of adventure. He fought back and resurrected as a phoenix in later years.

It was in 1976 that he decided to start an institution to offer a PG programme in Public Relations. Later he institutionalized it and started more professional programmes under the banner of School of Communication and Management Studies, which he later rechristened as SCMS-COCHIN. By 2001, SCMS was a major group with several institutions and courses in diverse areas like Management, Engineering, Technology, Bio-Science and Bio-Technology, Hospitality, Animation, etc.

His vision, hard work, risk taking quality and his unrelenting pursuit of matters till he succeeds - in short his tenacity of purpose - helped him build an academic empire whose net worth today is more than 786 crores. He also triggered a revolution in professional and technology education in the Self-Financing sector in the state in the new millennium.

His life is a saga of achievement. He fought a bitter battle with the State Government, the political parties and the media who were all against private initiatives in education in Kerala. They created hurdles at every stage of his activities. However, he steered clear of all hurdles and later as President of State Associations of Private Self Financing Engineering Colleges, Management Schools and Technology Institutions, unleashed a revolution resulting in the establishment of nearly 250 private self financing professional and technology institutions in Kerala.

The revolution changed the way people think of professional education in the State. His struggle captured national attention and in recognition of his attainments he was unanimously elected as National President of the Federation of Private Self Financing Professional Institutions in India in the year 2010. The Federation has 8300 member institutions spread over 21 States in India. Today 95% of professional education in India is controlled by this sector.

Dr. G.P.C. Nayar is an icon in professional education in India with no parallel to be drawn from anywhere.