People Behind Brilliant
Mr. N. Thanu, Founder

In 1970, Late Mr. N. Thanu, an eminent political cartoonist, recognized the need to coach even the brightest of students for competitive exams so that they score up to their full potential and secure admission to the professional course of their choice. Brilliant Tutorials, founded by Late Mr. N. Thanu, is today the undisputed leader in distance education for competitive exams.

A standing testimony to Mr. Thanu’s belief: “Whatever you do, if done with integrity, quality and commitment, it’s bound to endure.”

Mr. T. Neelakantan, Chairman

Mr. T. Neelakantan, Former Chairman of the Brilliant Group,had a B.Tech., Electronics from IITMadras (1975), and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh, USA. He had more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry with over 12 years in the US software industry, and was Director of Software Quality Assurance and Testing at Harris-Lanier in Atlanta, USA, prior to returning to India.

Dr. Vasanti Neelakantan, Managing Director

Dr. Vasanti Neelakantan, Managing Director of the Group, holds a Master’s degree in Microbiology from the George Washington University and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University in New Jersey. Her 20 plus years of work experience include 15 years in the USA with an 8-year stint as Quality Assurance Specialist in the Healthcare and Non-woven Sector at Kimberly Clark Corporation, Atlanta, USA.

Mr. Shyam Nagarajan, Director

Mr. Shyam Nagarajan, Director, has over twenty years experience in Sales and Marketing in the IT Industry. Since joining the Brilliant Group more than a decade ago, he first headed Firstware Software Solution, the software development division of the company. He developed Firstware into a dynamic organization with a highly motivated, dedicated team of software professionals and functional experts, that is now involved in all aspects of the software industry – from training to providing end-to-end solutions. Mr.Nagarajan is now also leading the Group’s new e-learning initiatives