Shanmugam has received his Ph.D. from the University of Madras in 1999 and has taught several courses in Finance and Accounting for Postgraduate and undergraduate students in India from 1980 until 2004. Since then, he has been working in Kuala Lumpur as Professor of Finance teaching several courses in accounting and finance for undergraduate and graduate students. Besides teaching and research, as Deputy Dean, he assists the Dean in academic administration. Before Malaysia, he took two overseas teaching assignments, one at UAE (1998) and the other at Papua New Guinea (2000). He has presented several research papers in international conferences and published research articles and case studies in the areas of accounting and finance in leading journals. He has co-authored a book and reviewed several course modules of two universities and two modules of the Bankers Training Institute in Malaysia. He also had an industry experience for one year (2010) as Business Development Manager for a Malaysian company in India.
Shanmugam has consistently emerged as one of the most popular lecturers in the institution he belonged to. He has been an outstanding lecturer and received overwhelming feedback from students scoring more than 80% in all the courses assigned. The popularity among the students can be attributed to his nature of focusing more on slow learners and at the same time delivering lectures to the expectation of average and intelligent students. Even though he worked in teaching universities and amidst academic administrative tasks, he undertook a few funded research projects, presented several research papers at national and international conferences and also published many articles in leading journals. As Deputy Dean of Academic & Student Affairs, he led Programme Harmonization Committee, reviewed and updated syllabus contents of several courses including unrelated areas, prepared proposals for University Curriculum Committee, Academic Administrative Committee, and Senate. He was also instrumental to resolve many issues of students related to academic, personal and financial matters. In 2015, he received an award as the ‘Best Professor in Accountancy’ (2015)’ from the Golden Globe Tiger Summit, an NGO from India (goldenglobetigers.org/).