Dr.John Vergis Vilanilam, writer in English and Malayalam has had a long teaching, administrative and research career spanning half a century. Starting as a Tutor and later as Lecturer in the University of Kerala, Dr.Vilanilam rose to the position of Vice-Chancellor of the same University after teaching for many years both in India and the U.S.A. Despite obstacles, he completed his full four years as Vice-Chancellor and retired from service in 1996. He is now more active than ever, continuing his research and studies and has published more books in English and Malayalam. Some of his books were translated into Hindi.
In 1998, the University Grants Commission (UGC) honoured him with an award of Professor Emeritus in Communication, in which capacity he toured various Universities in India giving lectures and research guidance. He worked as Visiting Professor at the Mangalore University, Dharwar University, Karnataka, MLC University of Journalism, Bhopal and at the NISWASS, Bhubanaeswar, besides giving extension lectures at various Universities in India.
From 2002-2003 onwards, he has visited as Chairman of the NAAC Peer Team those universities and colleges in various parts of India that apply for assessmsent and accreditation by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), an autonomous wing of the UGC.