Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Madras University, Coimbatore, India, 1967. Master of Science in Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 1969. Master of Science in Technology Management and Systems, Indian Institute of Science, Delhi, 1983.
Doctor of Philosophy, Indian Institute of Science, 2004.
Lecturer, civil engineering Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India, 1974—1975. Professor, assistant professor, lecturer Indian Institute of Technology, 1975—2005. Dean Research and Development Curtin University of Technology, Miri, Malaysia, since 2006.
Assistant professor Military Technology College, Baghdad, Iraq, 1983—1984. Academic visitor University Oxford, 1987. Visiting scholar University Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 1990—1991.
German Academic Exchange Service fellow Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, 1996.
Member of American Society of Civil Engineers, Indian Geotechnical Society (executive committee member 1986-1987).
Married Mankalam Chinnakan Nadar, May 24, 1974. Children: Raja Samrat Kaniraj, Raja Samyukth Kaniraj.