Prof. Bharuthram was the Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Western Cape from 2008 to 2014. Upon his retirement in 2014 he was appointed Executive Special Projects in the Office of the Vice Chancellor.
He obtained his PhD in Theoretical Plasma Physics from the University of Natal in 1980. He has served tertiary education in South Africa for 47 years in several capacities - 29 years at the University of Durban-Westville from Laboratory Assistant to Head of the School of Physics, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor; as Director: Research at the M L Sultan Technikon (1998 – 2002) and the University of Natal/KwaZulu–Natal (2002 – 2005). The previous position he held was Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (2006-07).
Prof Bharuthram has published more than 150 research articles in journals of international standing on fluctuation phenomena in laboratory, space and dusty plasmas, with an emphasis in recent years on space plasmas, in particular on fluctuations in the different regions of the earth’s magnetosphere.
He has served on several national panels for the NRF, Department of Science & Technology and the Department of Higher Education & Training.