Dr. Ishari K. Ganesh is an educationist, environmentalist, sports enthusiast, and global entrepreneur, also known for his philanthropical and social services.

Master of Law

Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Chennai


Master in Business Administration

University of Madras, Chennai


Doctor of Philosophy

University of Madras, Chennai


Bachelor of Commerce

Pachaiyappa's College, University of Madras, Chennai


High School

Bharath Senior Secondary School CBSE, Chennai


Master of Philosophy

Sathyabama University, Chennai


Bachelor of Law

Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai


Master of Commerce

Pachaiyappa's College, University of Madras, Chennai


Senior Secondary

The Hindu Senior Secondary School CBSE, Chennai



Dr. Ishari K. Ganesh was born on 07.10.1966 in Old Washermanpet, Chennai to Shri Isari Velan former deputy Minister of Tamilnadu and Mrs. Pushpa Isari Velan. He is the second son in the family and has two younger sisters. The family is a moderate middle class family.

Spending his early childhood as the son of a humble stage drama artist, Dr. Ishari K. Ganesh journeyed a tough path to even complete his college education. Following the demise of his father when he was just 19 years old, he struggled to pay his college fees and house rent as the family had lost the sole breadwinner.

Dr. Ishari K. Ganesh is a self-made man with a vision, zeal and enthusiasm, who had first-hand experience in facing the harsh reality of poverty struck families and the transformation that educational empowerment can bestow on their socio-economic development. With the experience he gained in his youth, inspiration drawn from his father, with sheer hard work, devotion and dedication, he has been making pathbreaking achievements.

Today, Dr. Ishari K. Ganesh is an illustrious educationist and the Youngest Founder Chancellor of a deemed to be university in India. His vision is to contribute all his might in making India a knowledge power and his passion and patriotism have enabled him to transform the lives of more than 50,000 families through promotion of literacy, philanthropy and social services.

Dr. Ishari K.Ganesh and his spouse Dr. Arthi Ganesh are the two pillars of this giant empire of a conglomerate.

Dr. Arthi Ganesh is one of the popular educationists known for her innovative methods in creating new academic delivery models in school education. She frequently provides consultations to several new entrants and underperforming institutions. She possesses strong connections with senior educationists and women activists in India and organizes women empowerment activities every year. As the Vice – President of Academic Affairs, she manages all the schools under the Vels consolidation. She is a role model for aspiring individuals in taking up serious responsibilities and ensuring results at a very young age.

Dr. lshari K. Ganesh is blessed with two daughters and a son. Ms. Preetha Ganesh, first daughter of Dr. Ganesh is a national topper at school and is currently pursuing engineering programme in the field of computer science.

Ms. Kushmitha Ganesh, second daughter of Dr. Ganesh is pursuing her ‘A’ levels and his son Sarvesh is pursuing junior schooling.







Successful Journey in the
Field of Education

Dr. Ishari K. Ganesh holds prominent positions and memberships in many leading associations, institutions, charitable trusts and industries. His middle class family background, grit, and commitment to social service and the development of marginalized people, enabled him to establish “Vels Group of Institutions” under Vaels Educational Trust in 1992.

Dynamism as an

Dr. Ishari K. Ganesh is an entrepreneur of great influence and has set up prominent industries across numerous disciplines. His ventures go well beyond educational institutions. To list a few, VGS Estates Private Ltd, VG Park Beach Resorts Private Ltd, Kushmitha Foundations Private Ltd, Anthem Foundations Private Ltd, Samudra Resorts Private Ltd, Arthi Associates Private Ltd, INT Foods, Thailand, MDIS Vels India Private Ltd, Vel Ganesh Foundations Private Ltd, GV Films Ltd, Prabhudeva Studios Private Ltd, Vel Chennai Warriors LLP & Indian Celebrity Entertainers LLP

Kindness, as a

Dr. Ganesh has also been instrumental in establishing a one-of-its-kind Palliative Care Hospital, in memory of his late father, Shri Isari Velan Mission Hospital. The hospital is equipped with 150 beds in Thalambur, off Old Mahabalipuram Road in Chennai, and was opened by Dr. Shantha, a popular oncologist in India. The hospital strives to relieve the suffering and improve the quality of life for patients with advanced illness and offers support to their families. Additionally, the hospital provides treatment, medicine, and food free of cost.

Commitment, as a
Social Worker

Dr. Ishari K. Ganesh has contributed to develop the social capital by rendering education accessible to the marginalized and underprivileged people and by providing social services such as medical relief, blood donations, and relief at the time of natural calamities and initiating the movement for creating a good society.

Responsibility, as a

Sustainable development and ecological balance are possible only when environmental stability is maintained. Dr. Ishari K.Ganesh used to take meticulous care in maintaining a green environment. He is keen to participate in “Swachh Bharath” programs. He plants trees in all his celebrations and is interested in maintaining all his campus green. He plants 365 saplings every year by involving NSS volunteers, a count that means one for each day.

Spiritual Path

Dr. Ishari K. Ganesh is keenly associated with spiritual and religious activities. He has built a Vinayaka Temple each in Pallavaram Campus, Vikarabad and Thalambur Campus for realizing the blessings of God. Day to daypoojas are funded and monitored. Apart from building Temples, he has made liberal
donations to various temples for their renovation and improvement.

Activeness, as a
Sports Enthusiast

Dr. Ishari K. Ganesh has participated in many Kabaddi tournaments and is interested in playing Volley ball and lawn tennis. His interest in sports widened his perspective on developing sports talents. As a result, he seizes new opportunities to contribute to this field. He provides full fee concessions and free boarding and lodging for sports students admitted under the sports quota.

Contributions to
Film Industry

The group has a production house “Vels Film International” producing Films for the Tamil Film Industry. This production house has to it’s credit several
successful films. Dr. Ganesh’s late father Shri Isari Velan was a renowned comedian in Tamil Cinema of yesteryears and that inspired him to act in several films as well.

Isari Ganesh | Chief Guest at Inauguration of Para National Games 2020

Dr. IsariGanesh, Founder and chancellor of Vels university inaugurated the 2020 Para National Games along with M.R. Vijayabhaskar, Tamilnadu State Transport Minister & Dr. V. Saroja, Tamilnadu State Social Welfare Minister.

Physically challenged players from 18 different states of India will be participating in this National Meet At YMCA Chennai. Wishing all the very best to every talent participating in this competition.

IsariGanesh | Woman’s Empowerment Awards 2018

Dr. Isari Ganesh, Founder and Chancellor of Vels University presented the Women’s empowerment award 2018 in association with Panache Events and Branding. 12 women from various industries were carefully shortlisted by the Jury for the 2018 edition of the Women’s Empowerment Awards 2018.

Honorable Governor of Jharkhand, Smt. Draupadi Murmu graced the occasion as the chief guest and presented the awards at Vels University Campus Pallavaram Chennai on 25th September 2018. Dr. IsariGanesh, recalled in his address that, when he started his first institution in 1992, there were only 36 students and 10 staffs out which 50% of them were Women and today after 25 years, with 25000 students and 5000 staffs working in more than 25 institutions more than 50% of their work force are women and more than 70% of the head of various departments are Women.

Isari Ganesh also added the University has signed an MoU with PDS of Jharkhand to help the young girls and boys in the 5 rural districts becoming the knowledge partner providing technical and academic expertise essential for the proposed Lahanti University in Jharkhand.

Dr. Isari Ganesh Receives the Maritime Skills Education Award 2018 | Dr. IsariGanesh Latest News

On 27th and 28th of September 2018, Ethiraj College for Women, Indian Economic Association (IEA) and Tamil Nadu Economic Association (TNEA) conducted a national conference titled “Economic Development of India in Global Perspective”.
Honorable Governor of Tamil Nadu, Thiru. Banwarilal Purohit attended the conference as the chief guest and honored the Chancellor of Vels University, Dr. IsariGanesh with the Maritime Skills Education Award for excellence in the field of Maritime Education.
In 2008, Dr. Isari Ganesh became the youngest founder chancellor of a deemed to be university in India and also the first educationist in India to offer maritime education in private sector, since 1999.

IsariGanesh honors the Asian Games Champion | Dr. Ishari K Ganesh

As the Senior Vice President of Tamil Nadu Olympic Association & Founder Chancellor of Vels University (VISTAS) & Dr. Isari Ganesh honoured the Asian game medal winners in Squash, Sunayana Kuruvilla, Joshua Chinappa and Harindar Pal Sandhu during the general body meeting of Tamil Nadu Olympic association on 23rd September 2018.
In an interview after the Annual General Body meeting, Dr. IsariGanesh shared his enthusiasm for sports. Isari Ganesh is a kabaddi Player and an athlete who excelled in hundred meters during his school and college days. More than 500 students, including sportsmen are offered with free education at Bachelor and Masters levels at Vels University. IsariGanesh added that his support to sports personalities and sports development will continue in full vigour.

Dr.Journey in Indian Politics

Shri Isari Velan, father of Dr. Ishari K. Ganesh was one of the founding members of ADMK, along with Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, ‘Puratchi Thalaivar’ Dr. M.G. Ramachandran. He served as the Deputy Minister of Information and Publicity, Religious Endowments and Forests between 1977 and 1980. Dr. Ishari K. Ganesh started to assist his father with his social services at the young age of 12.
Dr. Ishari K. Ganesh developed his leadership qualities since schooling. While pursuing his, B.Com. at Pachaiyappa’s College in Chennai, in view of serving the student community, he contested in student union elections and emerged victorious in the year 1987, as the student union secretary of Pachaiyappa’s College. On many occasions, Dr. Ishari K. Ganesh has met former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, ‘Puratchi Thalaivar’ Dr. M.G. Ramachandran to seek his guidance and blessings.