Dr. R. Jayaraman has taken retirement from his university service as the Special Officer of Madurai Kamaraj University and Chairperson, School of Business Studies and Senior Professor and Head of the Department of Entrepreneurship Studies, Madurai Kamaraj University with effect from October 01, 2011. He served 22 years as Professor in Madurai Kamaraj University and 20 years as Head of the Department.
Earlier he has served as the Syndicate Member of Madurai Kamaraj University as a nominee of His Excellency the Governor of Tamil Nadu during the period 1994 – 1997. He has introduced a number of innovations in Higher Education and he was responsible for introducing Entrepreneurship as a compulsory subject in Management Programmes and also in vocational courses. He has produced 35 Ph.Ds in the Faculty of Business Administration with focus on Entrepreneurship. He has undertaken a number of training, research and consultancy assignments sponsored by various Government and International Organizations such as ILO, USAID, FNF, CIDA, etc. attracting funds to the tune of Rs.50 crores. He has implemented a number of programmes towards the livelihood of the under privileged sections of the society.
He has assumed charge again as the full time Member Secretary and Director of Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (Tamil Nadu) with effect from October 01, 2011. He has established an Information Technology Incubator Centre at a cost of Rs.100 lakhs with the support of Government of India and Government of Tamil Nadu.
Dr.R.Jayaraman has been nominated by the Government of Tamil Nadu as a Member of the Steering Committee on Education and Sports of the Tamil Nadu State Planning Commission for the XII Five Year Plan Period (2012 – 17). He has been nominated as a member of the LIC, Southern Zone Advisory Board, Chennai during the period 2009-13. He was re-elected as the Co-Chairman of the Federation of Entrepreneurship Development Institutions (FEDI) in India for the period 2011 - 13. Recently, he was appointed in 2015 as an independent Director of Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation Limited, Chennai for a period of 5 years.