Origin and Important Milestones
1993: LIFE, conceived as an Interdisciplinary Research in the Area of Energy, Environment and Bioethics with Social Relevance. Like-Minded Scientists from Chemistry, Physics and Zoology Departments in Loyola College got together and worked in an informal way with a common purpose under the Leadership of Rev. Dr. Francis Xavier, S.J.

1995: LIFE started with Rev. Dr. Francis Xavier S.J. as Team Leader and First Director:

LIFE Startup Team
Rev. Dr. Francis P. Xavier S J Phys Dept Rev. Dr. John Pragasam S J Chem Dept
Dr. M. Selvanayagam
Zoo Dept
Dr. K. S. Nagaraja
Chem Dept
Dr. S. Vincent
Zoo Dept
Rev. Dr. B. Jeyaraj S J
Chem Dept
Dr. K. Swaminathan

July 19, 2002:
Life Building was inaugurated by His Excellency, P.S. Ramamohan Rao, IPS (Retired), Governor of Tamil Nadu in the presence of Rev. Dr. Ignacimuthu, S.J., The Vice Chancellor of Madras University and Rev. Dr. Francis P. Xavier, S.J., The Provincial of Madurai Jesuit Province.

Major Donors of Life Building:
- The Mission Procurators: Fr. Joseph Uebelmesser, SJ and Fr. Peter Balleis, SJ., Nuernberg, Germany.
- MISSIO, Aachen, Germany.
- Jesuit Community, Loyola College, Chennai, India.
- Jesuit Community, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan.
- Kelly's Foundation, Boston, USA.

1. Dr. Francis P. Xavier S.J. (1995-1999)
2. Dr. John Pragasam S.J. (1999-2004, 2016-2019 )
3. Dr. M. Selvanayagam (2004-2013)
4. Dr. S. Vincent (2013-2016)
5. Dr. J. Merline Shyla (2019-2022)


Dr M Selvanayagam

Loyola Institute of Frontier Energy (LIFE),
Loyola College (Autonomous),
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