Born in 1937, Er.P.Arumugam Pillai is a native of Kadukkarai, a tiny village with sylvan surroundings in Kanyakumari district. An alumnus of S.T.Hindu College, Nagercoil, Er.P.Arumugam Pillai did his Intermediate in this college during 1954-56.After obtaining Diploma in Civil Engg. from Alagappa Polytechnic College, Karaikudi, he joined the PWD of Govt. of Tamilnadu in 1960.
Later he pursued his B.E. at Govt. College of Engg., Salem and secured First Class. He held various positions in the PWD and at the time of retirement in 1995 he was Assistant Executive Engineer. His dedication, earnestness and honesty prompted the Govt. to send him on deputation to various organisations including the public sector Transport Corporation. Besides construction projects, he played active roles in the field of irrigation, ground water and anti-sea erosion projects of the PWD. The Defence Force Buildings at Trichy and the Aqueduct (Thottipalam) at Mathoor, Kanyakumari district stand testimony to his professionalism..
His incessant zeal and undefiled desire for service brought him to the field of educational administration after his retirement. He was inducted into the Board of S.T.Hindu College Association in 1996. In 1997 he was elected Vice-Chairman of the College and in 1998 he was offered the post of Secretary. His total commitment, selfless and foresighted service elevated him to the renowned seat of Chairman in 2002. Since then, he has been discharging his duties in an impeccable manner with single agenda of the overall development of the college. His vast experience as administrator and his high profile expertise and farsightedness enabled him to start the new courses – BSc Electronics, MSW, MA Tamil, MPhil in English, Botany, Zoology, Physics and Commerce, upgrading of Four PG Depts. into Research Centres. Besides, he is the Founder-Secretary of the B.Ed. College started in 2008, an additional gem on the Crown of S.T.Hindu College. Thanks to his strenuous efforts the college has been recognized as a nationally accredited institution by the NAAC of India.
He is instrumental for the new multi-storied buildings that house class rooms, laboratories, girls’ hostel, girls’ waiting shed, high-tech seminar hall. The total cost of the buildings he has added till date to the existing ones of the college comes to nearly Six crore rupees. He is well versed in the art of mobilizing and managing men, money and material for the noble cause of education. He is never hesitant to knock at the doors of the funding agencies like UGC or MP’s Local Area Development Fund. The sea change in infrastructure brought about on the campus in a short span of time stands testimony to his engineering and administrative accomplishment. He throws open the campus for almost all the universities to conduct examinations and contact classes and keeps an excellent rapport with the State and Central Govts