KB Chandrasekhar helped set up a research centre in 1999 at the Madras Institute of Technology Campus of the Anna University. He infuses $1 million every year into the research centre. It underlined his strong belief in research as a passage to entrepreneurship.
The vision of the centre is to become a research institution of international repute. In pursuit of this mission, the AU-KBC Research Centre initiates research in new and emerging thrust areas such as nano-sciences, and expands research in established areas such as communications and biology.