Prof.Y.Nayudamma, a Chemist and a Chemical Engineer by training, had immensely contributed to develop CLRI during initial stages of its establishment. He was greatly responsible for building international image for the institute and for establishing close linkages with the Indian leather industry.

He had many National and International Awards/Honours to his credit including the Padmashri.

He became Director General, CSIR, New Delhi and then Vice-Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. He also served in many prestigious National and International Committees.