Rajamanohar serves as the Executive Director of the biggest engineering and manufacturing division of the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, comprising five BHEL units - the High Pressure Boiler Plant and the Seamless Steel Tube Plant at Tiruchirappalli, the Power Plant Piping Unit at Thirumayam, the Piping Centre at Chennai and the Industrial Valves Plant at Goindwal in the Punjab. He is an alumnus of NIT(formerly REC) Trichy twice over, having graduated in electrical and electronics engineering in the 1980 batch and later having obtained his Masters degree in Process Control and Instrumentation engineering also from NIT Trichy. He has distinguished career spanning nearly four decades in key functions including manufacturing, materials management, marketing, outsourcing, capacity augmentation, modernization and planning and development in BHEL.
Rajamanohar implemented the two biggest modernization and capacity augmentation schemes in the history of the BHEL Trichy Complex at an investment of over Rs 1500 crore involving manufacturing technology development, global sourcing and commissioning of the entire spectrum of customised machine tools to facilitate the manufacture of BHEL's new range of state-of-the-art supercritical steam generators and the operationalization of the greenfield second unit of the High Pressure Boiler Plant.
Posted as head of the new Unit-II of the High Pressure Boiler Plant, Rajamanohar successfully established the manufacturing processes for complex components of supercritical steam generators and was successful in motivating the workforce of mostly young recruits to adopt a productive work culture based on team work, cooperation and a positive attitude towards technological challenges.
Rajamanohar became General Manager in 2012 and took up the challenge of streamlining and modernizing the outsourcing function and in 2015, he took over as Head, Planning and Development, where he was successful in critical technology tie-ups and was subsequently given additional responsibility for the manufacture of advanced products for nuclear and defence applications.
Rajamanohar was elevated as head of BHEL's Trichy Complex in 2016 at a time when it was faced with the most difficult challenges in its fifty-three year history but was able to successfully put the division back on the growth path within a very short time, give a thrust to the development of cutting edge technologies through in-house R and D and introduce new products and services to tap new markets with considerable business potential for the future.
Rajamanohar is an avid sportsman, known for his exceptional people skills, task focus and mentoring capability and is widely travelled, having visited several countries including Germany, France and Spain. He has served the industry as Chairman of Indian Welding Society, Southern Zone and is a recipient of the Best Engineer Award of the Institution of Engineers (India).
In recognition of his extraordinary administrative calibre in industry and contributions to the field of manufacturing, the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli is proud to confer on him this Distinguished Alumnus Award for Excellence in Corporate / Industry.