Bachelor of Science, Madras University, Chennai. Master of Science, Anna University, Chennai, 1983. Doctor of Philosophy, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 1987.
Assistant professor Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 1993—1999, associate professor, 1999—2005, professor, since 2005.
Member, board director Fiber Optika Private Ltd., Bangalore, 2008. Member Materials Research Society India, Semi-Conductor Society India (life), Instrument Society India (general secretary).
Married Kadambi Venkatachar Rajshri, September 15, 1988. 1 child, Siddarth Asokan.