M. V. Pylee

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M. V. Pylee
Born(1922-10-05)5 October 1922
Pulinkunnoo, Kerala, India
Died30 December 2017(2017-12-30) (aged 95)
OccupationEducationist, scholar, author
AwardsPadma Bhushan

M. V. Pylee ( 5 October 1919 - 30 December 2017) was an Indian scholar, educationist and management guru, considered by many as the father of management education in Kerala[1] and an authority on Constitutional Law. He was awarded Padmabhushan in 2006 by Government of India for his contributions to the fields of education and management.[2][3]


Moolamattom Varkey Pylee was born in Pulinkunnoo on 5 October 1919.[4] He had extensive education starting at Pulinkunnoo St. Joseph's Higher Secondary School and held degrees such as M. A. (Luck). D. Litt. (Pat) and LL. M. (Harvard). He was also honoured with D. Litt. from Banares Hindu University.

His wife, Elsie Pylee, died in 2004.[5] The couple had three children, two daughters and one son. Prof. Pylee resided in Kalamassery, in Ernakulam.

An award has been instituted by Cochin University of Science and Technology, M. V. Pylee Award, given once in three years, carrying a cash prize of Rs 200,000, a memento and citation for excellence in teaching and research and contribution to academic community.[6]

Cochin University of Science and Technology, St. Berchman's College, Changanacherry, St. Joseph's School Pulimkunnu, St. Agnus College, Mangalore, Kerala Higher Education Trust, Good Samaritan project, India and others have benefitted from the Trust endowments.[7]


M. V. Pylee authored several books in English and Malayalam.[8][9]

In English[edit]

Title Publisher Year
India's Constitution Asia Publishing House 1962
Industrial Relations & Personal Management
Constitutional Amendments in India Universal Law Publishing Co. 2003
Select Constitutions of the World Universal Law Publishing Co. 2004
Constitutions of the World Universal Law Publishing Company 2000
Professional Management in India. Problems and Prospects S. Chand and Company
Constitutional Government in India Asia Publishing House
Introduction to the Constitution of India Vikas Publishing House
Essentials of Material Management Somaiya Publications
Worker Participation in management : Myth and Reality N.V. Publications 1978
Russia of My Experience East West Publications 1976
Industrial Policy Administrative staff College of India, Hyderabad 1963
Constitutional History of India Asia Publishing House 1967
International Joint Business Ventures Columbia University Press 1962
Federal Court of India Vikas Publishing House 1966
Crisis, Conscience and the Constitution Asia publishing House 1982
Emerging Trends in Indian Polity Regency Publications 1998
Coir Industry: Problems and Prospects Coir Board 1977
Our Constitution, Government and Politics Universal Law Publishing Company 2000
An Introduction to the Constitution of India Mathrubhumi 1984
An Introduction to Managerial Economics S. Chand & Co. 1979

In Malayalam[edit]

  • Sevanathinte Rajapathayil – Autobiography
  • Russiayile Kazchakalum Anubhavangalum
  • Vidybhyasa Prasnangal, Innale, Innu, Naale
  • Managementil Thozilali Pankalitham
  • Videshathuninnum Kure Kathukal
  • Indian Bharanaghatana
  • Rashtrapathi Prathikuttil
  • Indiayude Bharanaghatana Charitram
  • Unnata Vidyabhyasam Punarudharikkan
  • Bharathathinte Bharanaghatanakku Oru Amukham
  • Vyavasayam Americayil
  • Indian Rashtriyathile Nootana Pravanatakal
  • Tourism Americayil

He also published over 200 research papers in various journals.[10]


  • Padmabhushan Award by Government of India, 2006.
  • Paramacharya Award of the Centurion Trust, Chennai, 2003.
  • Shyamlal Gupta Award −2001 for Life Time Contribution to Education.
  • Life Time Achievement Award in appreciation of services to Management Education by SMSA Association, Cochin University – 2000.
  • International Award for Distinguished Service to Global Higher Education, IFACHE, Bethlahem, Israel, 2000.
  • Man of the Year Award, Cambridge University, England, 1998.
  • National Super Brain Award, Competition Success Review, New Delhi, 1998.
  • Akshardham Award, Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat, for "Unique achievements in the field of Management".
  • Nedumkunnam Award by the Kerala History Congress, 1991 for the best History Book in Malayalam.
  • Distinguished Author Award at the Golden Jubilee Celebration of S. Chand and Company, Publishers, New Delhi, 1989.
  • Distinguished Leadership Award for Outstanding Service to teaching and Management Profession (1990).
  • Management Leadership Award at the All India Seminar on Professional Management held at Calicut, Kerala – 1990.
  • Honorary Membership, Kerala Management Association – 1985.
  • Honorary Membership, Kerala State Productivity Council – 1985.
  • Management Leadership Award – KMA – 1986.
  • Vangala Narasimagaru Memorial Gold Medal (1984) for securing First class First in M.A. Degree Examination, Lucknow University.
  • Emeritus ProfessorshipUniversity of Cochin – 1986.
  • Fulbright Smith-mundt Scholar at Harvard University (1953–54[10]).

Positions held[edit]

During his career, Pylee served at various institutions in varying roles.[11]

  • Voluntary Correspondent to the United Nations (Non Government Agency at Patna) 1950–55.
  • Editor, Social Studies, Patna, 1954–56.
  • Research Guide to PhD Students in the University of Delhi, 1956–62.
  • Professor in charge and honorary treasurer, Delhi University Students' Union 1957–62.
  • Member, Research Programmes Committee of the Planning Commission, Government of India, New Delhi, 1957–62.
  • Member, Research Council, University of Kerala, 1964–71
  • Member, Senate of the University of Kerala, 1964–75.
  • Member, District Development Council, Ernakulam 1965–69.
  • Member, Planning Advisory Board, Government of Kerala, 1965–69 and 1982– 87.
  • Member, General inspection Commission of the University of Kerala, 1967–72.
  • Member, Syndicate of the University of Kerala, 1969–75.
  • Member, Academic Council of the University of Kerala and its Standing Committee, 1969–76.
  • Member, Board of Studies in Business Management, Madurai University, 1969–77.
  • Member, Faculty of Commerce and Management, University of Calicut, 1969–78.
  • Member, All India Board of Management Studies, 1971–2000.
  • Member, Task Force on industry, Planning Commission of India, 1972–73.
  • Member, Appraisal Committee of Management Education, Government of India, Ministry of Education, 1972–73.
  • Member, Board of Studies in Business Management, Mysore University, 1973–78.
  • Member, Executive Council, All India Management Association, 1973–78.
  • Member, General Council and Research Council of the Kerala Agricultural University, 1974–77
  • Member, Board of Studies in Business Management, Karnataka University, 1972–80.
  • Member, Executive Committee of the National Productivity Council, 1972–75.
  • Member, Board of Studies in Business Management, Madras University, 1975–80.
  • Member, Panel of Commerce Education, University Grants Commission of India, 1975–82.
  • Member of the Standing Committee of the Association of Indian Universities, 1978–82.
  • President, Indian Association for Management Development, 1980–81.
  • Research Guide to PhD Students in the University of Kerala, 1964–72.
  • Hon. Secretary, Kerala State Productivity Council. 1967 -70, and Vice-President, 1965–67.
  • Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Cochin, 1969–76.
  • Dean, Faculty of Commerce, University of Kerala, 1967–75.
  • Hon. Advisor on Management Development and Training, Fertilisers and Chemicals Travancore Ltd., 1965–72.
  • Editor, journal of the Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad, 1962–64.
  • Editor-in-Chief, Indian Manager, 1970–78.
  • President, Kerala Management Association, 1973–74.
  • Chairman of the Committee appointed by the University Grants Commission of India to report on the Introduction of Correspondence Course in Management Education (M.B.A.) in the universities of India, 1975.
  • Chairman, Board of Editors, Management Information service, School of Management, 1969–78
  • Chairman, Board of Management Studies, University of Kerala, 1964–72.
  • Chairman, Governing Council, Guruvayurappan Institute of Management (GIM Business School), Coimbatore.
  • Member, Tourism advisory Committee, Government of Kerala, 1988–91.
  • Member of the Governing Board of the L. N. Mishra Institute of Social and Economic development, Patna, 1982–90.
  • Member of the Court of Benaras Hindu University, 1982–85.
  • Member, Executive Council of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 1981–83 and 1995–97.
  • Member, Indian Council of Social Sciences Research, New Delhi, 1980–84
  • Member of the Court of the Central University, Hyderabad, 1980–83.
  • Member, Indian National Committee for Co-operation with UNESCO, Government of India, New Delhi, 1979–82.
  • Member, Board of Governors of Management in Government, Trivandrum, India, 1977–88.
  • Member, Governing Board of the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, India, 1971–86.
  • Director, Steel Industries, Kerala 1981–84.
  • Director, Velton Prefab Elements Ltd., 1980–90.
  • Director O/E/N India Ltd, 1972–90.
  • President, Kerala State Productivity Council.
  • Convener, Standing Committee on Human Rights, University Grants Commission
  • Vice-Chairman, O/E/N Connectors (India) Ltd.
  • Chief Patron, Labour India Public School, Marangattupilly
  • Honorary Consultant to the All India Council for Technical Education.
  • Honorary Consultant to the Indian Council of Social Science Research.
  • President, Association of Comparative Studies, Kerala.
  • President, Cochin Powra Munnani.
  • Director, Pearlite Wire Products Ltd.
  • Director, South India Wire Ropes Ltd.
  • Director, Kerala State Industrial Consultancy Organisation Ltd., Cochin, Kerala.
  • Fellow and Member of the Senate, Punjab University, Chandigarh.
  • Member, Board of Management, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (Deemed University)
  • Member, MAHE Consultancy Services, Manipal.
  • Member, Good Samaritan Project, India.
  • Member, Review Committee, Indira Gandhi National Open University.
  • Member, South Western Regional Committee, AICTE.
  • Member, National Board of Accreditation, AICTE, New Delhi.
  • Member, Advisory Board, MES College of Engineering, Kuttipuram.
  • Member, board of directors, Cochin Stock Exchange.
  • Member, Committee on Reorganisation of IHRDE appointed by the Government of Kerala.
  • Member, Governing Board, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana.
  • Member, Andhra Pradesh University Review Committee.
  • Member, Kerala State Literacy Campaign Society.
  • Member, District (Ernakulam) Tourism Development Council.
  • Member of the All India Board for Management Studies, Government of India.
  • Member of the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla.
  • Member of the Planning Board and Academic Council of the Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi.
  • Member, Planning Board, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong.
  • Member of the Court of University of Pondicherry.
  • Member of the Court of Jawaharlal Nehru University.
  • Member of the Court of Visva-Bharati University, West Bengal
  • Member, Executive Council, Allahabad Agricultural Deemed University.
  • Member, General Council and Executive Committee, Institute of Human Resource Development, Trivandrum.
  • Member, Karnataka State Universities Review Commission.
  • Member, High Power Committee, University Grants Commission, New Delhi.
  • Member, Press Council of India.(1988–1994)
  • Member, UGC committee on Export of Higher Education.
  • Chairman, C.R.L.S., Hosanna Nagar, Kerala.
  • Chairman, Follow-up Committee on Financing Central Universities, UGC.
  • Chairman, Impact of GAAT on Kerala Agriculture, appointed by the Government of Kerala.
  • Chairman, Committee on Job-Oriented Courses, Government of Kerala.
  • Chairman, Advisory Council, Adhiyamaan Educational and Research Institutions, Hosur, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • Chairman, Institute of Hotel Management, Cochin.
  • Chairman, Jeeva Orchids and Agro Exports Ltd., Cochin.
  • Chairman, JV Investments Private Ltd., Cochin, India.
  • Chairman, Advisory Board on Education, Kerala State.
  • Chairman, UGC Committee on Private Self-financing Professional Institutions.
  • Chairman, Kerala State Productivity Council.
  • Chairman, Cochin Leasing Company Ltd., Cochin, India.
  • Chairman, Rado Tyres Ltd., India.
  • Chairman, Advisory Board, Girideepam Institute of Management, Kottayam.
  • Chairman, D C School of Management and Technology, Pullikanam
  • Chairman, Advisory Board, Mar Athanasios College, Thiruvalla
  • Chairman, Advisory Board, Berchmans institute of Management, Changanacherry.
  • Chairman, Advisory Board, Rajagiri Institute of Management, Kalamassery.
  • Chairman, Guruvayurappan Institute of Management, Coimbatore.
  • Honorary Professor, Department of Management, Kurukshetra University, Haryana, India.
  • Member of the UNESCO Team in Malaysia to design an appropriate Management Programme of study at graduate level for Asian Universities.
  • Visiting Professor to the University of Moscow and Novosibirsk under the cultural exchange programme between the government of India and the USSR.
  • University Professor of Management and Founder Director of the School of Management, University of Kerala (1965–71) and the University of Cochin (1971–77), Dean of the Faculty of Management Studies (1964–77)
  • Visiting Professor to the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce of the University of Pennsylvania, USA.
  • Director on The Staff of the Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad.[10]
  • Head of the Post Graduate Department of Economic Administration, School of Economics, Delhi University, Delhi.
  • Lecturer in Political Science, Public Administration and Law in the Post Graduate Department of Political Science and Department of Law, Patna University, Patna, India
  • Lecturer in Political science, University of Lucknow, India.
  • Vice-Chancellor, University of Cochin, Kerala, India.


  1. ^ DCSMAT Governing Council Archived 30 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Padma Bhushan Awards (2000–09) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia
  3. ^ "M.V. Pylee passes away". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Autograph of M. V. Pylee". Indian Autographs. 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  5. ^ The Hindu : Kerala / Kochi News : Around the City
  6. ^ Banaras Hindu University VC wins MV Pylee award for best academician – The Times of India
  7. ^ "Profile". Archived from the original on 4 May 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Selected Works". Archived from the original on 4 May 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2014.
  9. ^ Works of Moolamattom Varkey Pylee at Google Books
  10. ^ a b c S. Chand Group Archived 28 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Padmabhushan Professor Emeritus Dr. M.V. Pylee

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