The Hon'ble Minister for Higher Education, Government of Tamil Nadu, Thiru P. Palaniappan, was elected as Member of Legislative Assembly from Pappireddipatti, Dharmapuri District in 2011. In 2001, the Hon'ble Minister was elected as Member of the Legislative Assembly from the Morappur Constituency besides he was elected as Union Councillor in 1996.
Born in Molayanoor Village, Pappireddipatti Taluk to (Late) Thiru Perumal Gounder and Tmt. Pooniammal in an agricultural family, the Hon'ble Minister has had profound interest in science subjects at his schooling which made him gain insights to have chosen the subject 'Botany' in his graduation and post-graduation. Indeed, he was fascinated to develop attitude by the subject and stood outstanding during his graduation at Government Arts College, Salem and Pachaiyappas College, Chennai at his post-graduation.
His leadership qualities during the tenure of his higher education earned the credits of being served as Department Secretary at UG and PG Levels. These qualities of him were later identified the Hon'ble Minister as Member of the Syndicate, Anna University, Chennai in 2008.