Dr. S. Shalini Packiam Kamala, Principal, Michael Job College of Arts & Science for Women, Coimbatore


I was born in the temple city of Madurai and I have done my Doctorate in Physics from the famed M.S University, Tirunelveli. I completed my Post Graduation with Distinction from Thiagarajar College, Madurai. I have rich experience in teaching and administration of 19 years. I have played a key role in Gender Equity Cell as chairperson for more than a decade. I have been a strong advocate of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in the workplace. I am a recipient of the “Human Excellence Award” for global peace from the United Nations. I have participated in and presented more than 150 Papers in Seminars, Conferences, Workshops and Symposiums. I have been the resource person for many seminars, symposiums and workshops. I have published 4 patents. I have authored 1 book that’s recommended for Autonomous institutions in Coimbatore and also edited 2 book chapters.

Outside of work, I love exploring the outdoors through travelling and have a special passion for Music. I strongly believe I am a lifelong learner and I have something to learn from everybody I come across.


Inspiration to become a Physicist

From a young age, I've been captivated by the mysteries of the universe and the underlying principles that govern it. Growing up, I found myself drawn to books and documentaries about space, quantum mechanics, and the fundamental forces shaping our reality. This curiosity eventually led me to pursue a career in physics. The prospect of unraveling these complex phenomena, pushing the boundaries of human understanding, and contributing to scientific knowledge excites me beyond measure. I'm driven by a passion for exploration and discovery, and I'm eagerly embarking on this continuous journey of scientific inquiry."

Research journey

My research was an inter-disciplinary effort. Spectroscopy plays a crucial role in chemical analysis and molecular structure determination. I used techniques like infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, and UV-visible spectroscopy to identify chemical compounds, study molecular vibrations, and elucidate the electronic structure of molecules.

My research was on “Spectroscopic Analysis and Density functional calculation of Cyclic & Hetero cyclic Compounds” and I carried out my study in Labs of repute in our Country. I have also been awarded a Patent based on my study.


I have strived to unleash my potential and also help my teammates realise their potential. I do a lot of handholding for my teammates and am of the firm opinion that teamwork is key to success. I network with Organisations & Individuals across the globe for Curricular & Co Curricular Work. I have guided 3 M.Phil Scholars & 12 PhD research Scholars. I have travelled to Malaysia & Singapore for Chairing Conferences.

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