Gauthamadas Udipi Educator


Dr. Gautham was instrumental in starting up, developing, and establishing Departments of Mental Health in three medical colleges in South India. He set up the Child Behaviour and Development Clinic, at RMMC Hospital in 1989, which received recognition by the World Health Organization. The WHO invited him to serve as the sole resource person from India for the WHO Early Childhood Care and Development program in developing countries from 1993 to 1996.

He has authored the chapter on Behavioural Medicine in the Apollo Hospital Textbook of Medicine.

Accredited as an associate faculty by the Open University Business School, UK, he taught People Management and Creative Management on their Executive MBA program in India from 1997 to 2003. During this tenure he had the distinction of being the only faculty from India to serve as a discussion leader in the worldwide (8000+ strong) online student discussion forum for four years running (2000 to 2004). He also served on its course material team between 2000 and 2004 and has contributed to developing updated course material.

Dr. Gautham helped to set up the post-graduate diploma in pre-primary education through distance education in 1990 and authored the course materials in applied child development for teachers.

In 1996, the Child-to-Child Trust, London, (which advocates for children’s active participation that links learning with living, and recognises children’s capacities as change agents) invited Dr. Gautham to set up the Child-to-Child South India Resource Group and serve as its honorary director, a post that he held till 1999 when the assignment of the group was completed. The group, composed of experts in the field, monitored, guided, and provided training for projects funded by the trust in South India.

Dr. Gautham was instrumental in getting the University of Madras to introduce concessions for students with learning disabilities in 2004.


The courses designed and taught by him at Uppsala University and California Lutheran University were trendsetters.

He has taught Psychology for Police Officers at the Police Training Academy, Chennai between 1997 and 2001.

A bilingual (English and Tamil) “Safety and Preparedness Coloring and Activity Book” for children to prepare them to face day-to-day crises and future disasters designed by Dr. Gautham has received appreciation by the Education Department of the government of Tamil Nadu.