Damodharan Varadarajan is a scholar of extraordinary versatility. He has a burning passion not only for the acquisition of knowledge but the dissemination of the same. A brilliant alumnus of Loyola College, Madras, India, Damodharan obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Commerce winning three gold medals for his outstanding performance at the University Final Examinations, both from his college and the University of Madras in 1998. Soon he acquired M.Phil., degree (Financial Management) that whetted his appetite for research in the area of his special interest, namely Entrepreneurial Finance.
Even while teaching at Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Arts and Science College, Chennai, India, he registered for his Ph.D. and pursued the course with great avidity. His passion for teaching and research, perseverance, sincerity, and industry won him a Ph.D., in 2006 from Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Viswa Maha Vidhyalaya (Deemed to be University), Kanchipuram, India. His unquenchable thirst for knowledge prompted him to acquire two degrees in the branch of his choice, one from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A and the other—an Honors Degree—from Oxford Brookes University, U.K. Over and above the aforesaid degrees, his strenuous efforts to extend the frontiers of his knowledge and his untiring industry won him the following professional qualifications: CMA (U.S.A), ACCA (U.K), AICMA (India), and CA Inter (India).
He holds a P.G. Diploma in Computer Applications and is a certified Online Instructor and Designer besides being a consultant for Financial and Auditing Firms located both in India and abroad. He also has industrial experience in plenitude. He is a consultant, for the last twenty years who has helped more than 30 startup firms from scratch to become a successful business in UAE, Oman, and India. His areas of expertise are feasibility studies, Planning, Budgeting, Costing, Accounting, and Taxation. His teaching experience in higher institutions in countries such as Oman, Dubai, USA, has helped him in gaining deep insight not only into his chosen branch of knowledge but in areas like development of practical oriented curriculum, arranging industrial visits and placement meets for students, event management, training students in community service and so on and so forth.
Recognizing his praiseworthy performance and contribution to teaching, many an organization of international repute has honored him by presenting prestigious awards such as, Championship Award on Nov 2016 from ACBSP, USA, (2013) ACBSP Region 8’ Teaching Excellence Award’ by International Council of Business Schools and Programs, Fellowship (2013) by World Business Institute, Australia, (2011) ACBSP Region 8 ‘Best of Region Presentation’ Best Teaching Faculty Award (2007) by the Sultanate of Oman, to name a few.
His heavy routine and tight academic schedule notwithstanding, he finds time to serve the noble cause of Education in his capacity as visiting faculty and Online Instructor. He has won praise and plaudits not only from foreign evaluators but countless students for his deft handling of modern teaching aids and his innovative, simple methods using Vedic maths and Vedic mapping. It may not be out of place to mention here that he became a teacher not by chance but by choice. He is not only an effective teacher but an indefatigable researcher striving to explore new horizons in his chosen area of knowledge.
He is an approved examiner and evaluator of doctoral dissertations for many Indian and foreign Universities. Currently, he is teaching and researching at XIME, Chennai. His academic interests include Book Writing, innovating straightforward, effective teaching methods, developing curricula and course content to enable students to face real life challenging situations confidently and acquire problem-solving skills.