The doyen of textile industries in 1920s, Karumuttu Thiagarajar Chettiar, envisioned an educated Indian society which, with all its traditional values and wealth, can lead and serve the globe to attain prosperity. To serve this purpose, he established Thiagarajar Engineering College in Madurai, and Thiagarajar Polytechnic College, Salem, and sowed the seeds of quality technical education in India. He was a proud Indian first and fought for Her freedom along with other great freedom fighters of this nation. Karumuttu Thiagarajar Chettiar played a role in the biggest impact on India because in 1921 at his house in Madurai the transformation of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to Gandhiji took place. Gandhiji wore his trademark lion cloth at his house in Madurai seeing the plight and misery of the downtrodden.
Sri M. S. Chockalingam rightly called the ‘Textile Wizard,’ founded Sona College of Technology in 1997. He passionately nurtured Thiagarajar Polytechnic College to create man power equipped with technical skills. His friends and admirers fondly called him ‘Sona,’ and true to his name, he led an exemplary life devoted to education and had a conviction that professional education was the sure-fire means to industrial and economic growth of the nation. His enlightened spirit and eternal vision lead the Sona Group in its quest for greater laurels in the years to come.
Mr. Valliappa is a Chairman par excellence having been given the Herculean task of maintaining the world class organizations and institutions. It is under Mr. Valliappa’s guidance that these organisations and institutions grown to this glorious status. He can be rightly called the Father of IT in India. He was the first to house an IT firm, the Texas Instrument, at the Sona Towers. He is a multi faceted personality bringing his magical touch to areas such as textile, education and construction. He has held prestigious positions in Chamber of Commerce, FKCCI, BCIC, KTMA, to mention a few.
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Mr. Thyagu Valliappa is a young and energetic entrepreneur for whom the future holds greatness. He specialises in idea creation and system management where he brings his unique ‘grassroots to up’ approach that always delivers. He has multiple accolades to his name of which the patents for the World’s first stretchable silk and mosquito repellent garment stand testimony. He masters in innovation and that is reflected in all areas of his work. He has to his credit the success of brands such as Play Factory, Sona Valliappa Mill, Sona Miller, Sona Star and the new Sona Medical College.
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