Dr. J. Letha, is the Vice Chancellor of Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat). She is the 13th Vice Chancellor of Cusat as well as the first woman to decorate the post.
A professor of Engineering by profession, Dr. Letha took charge of the new post on 20 October 2014.
Dr. Letha who has more than 27 years’ of experience in teaching, research and administration had served as Director, Directorate of Technical Education, Govt. of Kerala, Principal, College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, University of Kerala and as Registrar, TEQIP.
A Civil Engg. graduate from Engineering College, Thiruvanathapuram, Dr. Letha won the gold medal for her M.Tech from IIT, Madras, where she acquired her Ph.D. too. She joined as Lecturer in Civil Engineering at NIT, Calicut and served as Asst. Professor, Professor, Dept. Head, Dean and Principal. On 1 April 2011 she joined as Director, Technical Education.
Dr. Letha has served on the Governing Boards of IIT, Madras, IIITMK, NIT, Calicut, University of Kerala, LBS Institute of Technology and Kerala State Pollution Control Board. As the Technical Education Director, she played a significant role in establishing e-governance in the Directorate, instituting the Technological University, formation of Trivandrum Science and Technology Park and upgradation of the state’s polytechnics with central aid.