Dr. S. Muthukumaran tool over the position of member- Secretary, TamilNadu State Council for Higher Education in july 1996. He settled down at Chennai after completing two terms as Vice-Chancellor of Bharthidasan University, Tiruchurappali and also after occupying other important positions in educational administration. After serving the Madras Public Works Department for 14 years, he joined the faculty of the College of Engineering Guindy in 1966. He then moved to hold the position of Special Officer at Directorate of Technical Educational Adviser, Government of India for four yeas. He was Registrar of Anna University, Chennai from 1983 to 1998. His contributions to Educational Planning of Tamilnadu; Chairman, Tamil Nadu State- Level Review Committee on Autonomous Colleges; Member, Review Committee of self financing Engineering Colleges in TamilNadu; Member if the TamilNadu State Council for Higher Education. Member/Chairman in a number of Committees, task forces etc. of all India Council for Technical Education. As Vice-Chancellor, he was responsible for the starting of the starting of many innovative programs and new departments in the Bharathidasan University. He also established the school of Earth Sciences, Department of Futurology, Department of Tamil, School of Social Sciences, etc., and the Center for Distance Education at the Bharathidasan University.
Basically a Doctorate in Civil Engineering, he has made significant contribution in the field of Foundations of Structures, including small dams he drafted the Indian Standard code on "Calculation if Settlements of Foundations". He has authored several scientific articles and research reports. He won two Gold Medals of for his research papers. He has Published till now five books ( 2 in English and 3 in Tamil) and numerous articles in journals. His book Nenjil Niruthungal (in Tamil) bagged the first prize of the Government of TamilNadu for the year 1991 and also received a commendation certificate of the Tamil University, Thanjavur.