Study In India
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Sachin Dev Burman - Entertainment
M.S.Narasimhan - Financial Managers
Dr. Vinod Kumar Bahuguna - Forestry and Wild Life
Calyampudi Radhakrishna Rao - Mathematics & Statisticians
Mr Kishore Pal Singh - Construction Industry
Wg. Cdr. Karun Krishna Majumdar - Defence Services - Air Force
Major Som Nath Sharma - Defence Services - Army
A.G. Krishnamurthy - Advertising
Hafeez Contractor - Architecture
Sonali Banerjee - Merchant Navy
Sukumar Sen - Civil Services
Admiral Sureesh Mehta - Defence Services - Navy
Prof. S.P.S. Ahlawat - Veterinary sciences
Deepak Mohoni - Stock Brokers & Investment Analysts
Rakesh Sharma - Aviation
Monkombu Sambasivan Swaminathan - Biological scientists
Uday Dandavate - Industrial Designers
Dr. KRS Murthy - Management
Dr. H P Tipnis - Pharmacists
Rohit Bal - Fashion Technology
Ellatuvalapil Sreedharan - Engineering and other allied sectors
Satish Gujaral - Fine art
Shri U.S. Misra - Intelligence Services
Robert D. Ballard - Oceanographers
Zubin Karkaria - Tourism and Travel
Veena Das - Anthropologists
Barkha Dutt - Journalism
Dr. Michael M. Baden - Forensic science
Karan Johar - Film Making
Sunita Narain - Environmental Science
Amartya Sen - Economist
Dr. Varaprasad Reddy - Biotechnology
Anil Dhirubhai Ambani - Media and Communication
Mr. Shiv Nadar - Information Technology
Sunil Bharti Mittal - Telecommunication
Physicist-Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
Born on 19 October 1910 in Punjab Lahore, British India, into an Iyer family Mr. S. Chandrasekhar was a Great Physicist. Chandra's father was an accomplished Carnatic music violinist who had authored several books on musicology. His mother was devoted to intellectual pursuits and had translated Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House into Tamil. She is credited with arousing Chandra's intellectual curiosity early on. Chandra's father's brother, physicist C. V. Raman is also a Nobel laureate in physics.

Chandra was tutored at home initially through middle school and later attended the Hindu High School, Triplicane, Madras, British India during the years 1922-25. Subsequently, he studied at Presidency College from 1925 to 1930, obtaining his bachelor's degree, B.Sc. (Hon.), in physics in June 1930. In July 1930, Chandrasekhar was awarded a Government of India scholarship to pursue graduate studies at the University of Cambridge, where he was admitted to Trinity College and became a research student of Professor R. H. Fowler. On the advice of Prof. P. A. M. Dirac, as part of his graduate studies, Chandra spent a year at the Institut for Teoretisk Fysik in Copenhagen, where he met Prof. Niels Bohr.

In the summer of 1933, Chandrasekhar was awarded his Ph.D. degree at Cambridge, and the following October, he was elected to a Prize Fellowship at Trinity College for the period 1933-37. During this time, he made acquaintances with Sir Arthur Eddington and Professor E. A. Milne.

In September 1936, Chandrasekhar married Lalitha Doraiswamy, who he had met as a fellow student at Presidency College, Madras, and who was a year junior to him. In his Nobel autobiography, Chandrasekhar wrote, 'Lalitha's patient understanding, support, and encouragement have been the central facts of my life.'

During World War II, Chandrasekhar worked at the Ballistic Research Laboratories at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. While there, he worked on problems of ballistics; for example, two reports from 1943 were titled, On the decay of plane shock waves and The normal reflection of a blast wave.

Chandrasekhar developed a style of working continuously in one specific area of physics for a number of years; consequently, his working life can be divided into distinct periods. He studied stellar structure, including the theory of white dwarfs, during the years 1929 to 1939, and subsequently focused on stellar dynamics from 1939 to 1943. Next, he concentrated on the theory of radiative transfer and the quantum theory of the negative ion of hydrogen from 1943 to 1950. This was followed by sustained work on hydrodynamic and hydromagnetic stability from 1950 to 1961. In the 1960s, he studied the equilibrium and the stability of ellipsoidal figures of equilibrium, but also general relativity. During the period, 1971 to 1983 he studied the mathematical theory of black holes, and, finally, during the late 80s, he worked on the theory of colliding gravitational waves.

During the years 1990 to 1995, Chandrasekhar worked on a project which was devoted to explaining the detailed geometric arguments in Sir Isaac Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica using the language and methods of ordinary calculus. The effort resulted in the book Newton's Principia for the Common Reader, published in 1995. Chandrasekhar was an honorary member of the International Academy of Science.

Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar died of heart failure in Chicago in 1995, and was survived by his wife, Lalitha Chandrasekhar. In the Biographical Memoirs of the Fellows of the Royal Society of London, R. J. Tayler wrote: 'Chandrasekhar was a classical applied mathematician whose research was primarily applied in astronomy and whose like will probably never be seen again.'

He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1983 for his studies on the physical processes important to the structure and evolution of stars. Chandrasekhar accepted this honor, but was upset that the citation mentioned only his earliest work, seeing it as a denigration of a lifetime's achievement.
Entertainment-Sachin Dev Burman
One of the most famous Bollywood music composers and an all-time great Bengali singer and composer Sachin Dev Burman (aka Burman da) born on October 1, 1906 in Tripura. Classical training by his father, sitarist and Dhrupad singer Nabadwipchandra Dev Burman; later with ustad Badal Khan and Bhishmadev Chattopadhyay. Early work for radio was based on East bengali and North eastern folk-music.. His son Rahul Dev Burman also achieved great success as a Bollywood music director in his own right.

In early 30s made a reputation in bengal as singer of folk and light classical music, e.g. at the Allahabad Sangeet Sammelan (Music Conference) in 1935. First record was of a Nazrul Islam composition, leading to a long and productive releationship with the writer/composer. Film debut singing for Pankaj Mullick in Atorthy's Yahudi Ki Ladki (1933) but the songs were scrapped and re-sung by Pahadi Sanyal.

First film as singer: Tinkari Chakraborthy's Sanjher Pidim (1935); also acted in Dhiren ganguli's Bidrohi (1935). Music director from 1939 onwards in Calcutta. Moved to Bombay (1944) and worked at Filmistan (Eight Days, Shabnam), Navketan (Afsar, Taxi Driver, Funtoosh, Guide) and for Guru Dutt (Baazi, Jaal, Pyaasa, Kagaz ke Phool). Remained Dev Anand's key composer for several years (Paying Guest, Tere Ghar ke Saamne, Jewel Thief, Prem Pujari). Also worked on films for Bimal Roy (Devdas, Sujata, Bandini).

Singing style:

Film compositions often influenced by his huge repertory of folk-tunes from the Bengali Bhatiali, Sari and Dhamail traditions of the North East. As a singer, his thin but powerful, accented voice was often used as a bardic commentary: e.g. the Wahan kaun hai tera musafir in Guide, Safal hogi teri aradhana in the hit Rajesh Khanna movie Aradhana. Wrote an autobiography: Sargamer Nikhad.

Awards and Recognitions

Gold Medal, Bengal All India Music Conference, Kolkata 1934
Sangeet Natak Akademi Award - 1958.
Asia Film Society Award, 1958
National Award Singer, 1972
National Film Award for Best Music Direction: Zindagi Zindagi 1974
Padma Shri 1969
Filmfare Best Music Director Award: Taxi Driver (1954)
Filmfare Best Music Director Award: Abhimaan (1973)
International Jury on Folk Music
BFJA Awards, Best Music (Hindi Section)-Teen Deviyan (1965)
BFJA Awards, Best Music (Hindi Section)-Guide (1966)
BFJA Awards, Best Male Playback Singer (Hindi Section)-Guide (1966)
BFJA Awards, Best Music (Hindi Section)-Aradhana (1969)
BFJA Awards, Best Music (Hindi Section)-Abhimaan (1973)
Filmfare Nomination for Best Music-Sujata (1959)
Filmfare Nomination for Best Music-Guide (1965)
Filmfare Nomination for Best Music-Aradhana (1969)
Filmfare Nomination for Best Music-Talaash (1970)
Filmfare Nomination for Best Music-Prem Nagar (1974)
Financial Managers-M.S.Narasimhan
M.S.Narasimhan is a Professor in the area of Finance and Control. He is also currently the Chairperson of the Executive Education Programmes. His areas of interest include management accounting, corporate finance and capital markets.

He holds a Master's Degree in Commerce (Madras) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Financial Management (IFMR). He has obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Madras. He is also a member of Institute of Cost and Works Accountant of India.

After serving in the industry for a brief period, he joined as a Faculty Member at the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR), Chennai. Dr. Narasimhan, during the ten years of service at IFMR, has taught in several executive development programmes and published several articles and research studies in national and international journals and financial newspapers. His research paper also won the Best Research Paper award at the annual convention of AIMS held at Pune. He has also completed a study on Corporate Disclosure Practices in India sponsored under the FIRE project. He was also a member of a consulting team, which studied Cash Management in LIC, Organisational Structure of a state-level development bank, Costing System of a state-owned transformer manufacturing company, Restructuring of state-level small scale industries development corporation and Financial and Portfolio Management of TTD.
Forestry and Wild Life-Dr. Vinod Kumar Bahuguna
Born on 21.08.1954, Dr. Vinod Kumar Bahugunana is a PhD in forest ecology, AIFC (Post Graduate Diploma in Forestry equivalent to M.Sc. (1981) from Indian Forest College, Dehra Dun, India, and has an M.Sc. in zoology and in resource management from the University of Edinburgh, U.K.. He is a member of the Indian Forest Service and currently works as Deputy Inspector General of Forests, Ministry of Environment and Forests. Dr. Bahuguna has wide-ranging experience in the field of forestry and its intersectoral linkages. He has over 140 publications in the field of resource management, policy issues in forestry, forestry research and training, etc.

Dr. Vinod Kumar Bahuguna, a member of the Indian Forest Service, is a committed forester who has left his imprint on every facet of forestry that he has been associated with, during his two decades of career. He has been a successful forest administrator, researcher, scholar, teacher and policy formulator of very high standing in India.

As forest administrator, he managed the biodiversity-rich tropical forests in north-eastern India with a strong will combining strict measures for evicting encroachments and dealing with timber thefts, with sympathetic approaches to the welfare of the poorer sections of the communities who are dependent on the forests. All this was done on some considerable personal risk.

During his tenure with the Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education, he was responsible for publishing and making operational many of the research findings of the Council. This was done in a very practical way through demonstration and also using audio-visual media. He also developed and standardised seed testing packages and nursery practices for many tree and shrub species with commercial and social value. He conducted research on forest fires, ergonomics of forestry operations and role of soil fauna in the ecology of Sal and Eucalyptus forest floors.

His stint at the Indian Institute of Forest Management during its early formative stages helped the institute to attain All-India status at a crucial time and he was also responsible for designing the M.Phil. course on Resource Management for managers, NGOs and administrators at the Institute. Moreover, for the first time in India, he addressed aspects of natural resource accounting in the forestry sector. He was one of the first people to link Joint Forest Management (the collaborative planing and management of forest lands by rural peoples together with Government Foresters) with rural development and his findings and practices have had a profound influence on Indian Forest Policy which is increasingly emphasising Joint Forest Management as the main way forward for forest conservation and management in the country.

Dr. Bahuguna has published more than 145 paper and articles on diverse aspects of forestry in national and international journals and he has also been the recipient of several national accolades.

At the international level Dr. Bahuguna has been an active supporter of increasing contacts and developing closer relationships between foresters of all nationals. His continuing efforts as the Secretary-cum-Treasurer of the Commonwealth Forestry Association, India Unit, has greatly furthered the cause of forest conservation and is continuing to strengthen the Commonwealth family message that the Association exists to promote.
Mathematics & Statisticians-Calyampudi Radhakrishna Rao
One of the brightest stars in the Indian sky of Statistics and Mathematics Mr. Calyampudi Radhakrishna Rao is an exceptional academician. He is a dedicated soul in the development of Statistics and his works earned him the honor of Padma Bhusan.

C. R. Rao was born on 10th September, 1920 at Hadagali in Karnataka. His family moved to Vishakapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. He received his master's degree in mathematics from Mrs. A. V. N College there.

He ranked first in the examination. He then went to Calcutta in search of a job. He didn't get the job but a chanced visit to the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) changed his life.

He joined the M. A Statistics programme of the Calcutta University and passed the exam with gold medal. Soon, he joined ISI as a technical apprentice, teaching and researching at the same time. In 1946, he went to the Cambridge University to work on a project and completed his Ph. D. under R. A. Fisher. Considering Statistics as a human science, some of the works of Rao became well talked about around the world.

He caught the attention of the world with his 'Theory of estimation'. He returned in India and joined as a professor at ISI. He emphasized on the training section of the ISI and also took the responsibility as the assistant editor of Sankhya- the Indian Journal of Statistics.

He left ISI in 1978 to join University of Pittsburgh but came back and retired as the director of ISI. After his retirement, he moved to Pennsylvania State University and he is carrying on as a professor there.

He has received 29 honorary doctoral degrees from various Universities around the world. He has received many recognition including the Padma Bhusan and Fellow of the Royal Society, UK.

Areas of research contributions of Professor Rao include:

Estimation theory Inference and linear models Multivariate analysis Combinatorial design Biometry Mathematical genetics Generalized matrix inverses Functional equations

Awards & Medals:

Government of India awarded him Padma Vibhushan. President Bush, on June 12, 2002, decorated him with the ‘National Medal of Science' Wilks Medal of the American Statistical Association Guy Medal in Silver of the Royal Statistical Society Megnadh Saha Medalof the Indian National Science Academy, S. S. Bhatnagar Award JC Bose Gold Medal of Bose Institute, and Mahalanobis Centenary Gold Medal of the Indian Science Congress.

In his honor:

The Pennsylvania State University has established C. R. and Bhargavi Rao Prize in statistics, Osmania University has founded C.R. Rao Advanced Institute for Mathematical and Computer Sciences (AIMCS).
Construction Industry-Mr Kishore Pal Singh
Managing director of Tata Projects Limited, Mr Kishore Pal Singh, with effect from February 15, 2001. He succeeds Mr. D. S. Rao who retired on November 30, 2000.

Mr Singh was previously the managing director, Rites (Rail India Technical & Economic Services), a premier consulting company. He is a civil engineer from the Indian Railway Service of Engineers, and has worked earlier in senior technical and management positions in the Indian Railways as chief engineer, divisional railway manager and executive director, Railway Board. Mr Singh brings with him rich experience in project execution and business development in India and overseas.

Mr Singh leading Tata Projects Limited, the EPC (Engineering, Procurement & Construction) arm of the group, supported by a human resource strength of over 400 engineers and other professionals, with the company's annual turnover nearing Rs.200 crore and orders on hand of around Rs.430 crore.
Defence Services - Air Force-Wg. Cdr. Karun Krishna Majumdar
A born leader, and a daredevil of a pilot, somewhat reckless to his friends, Majumdar was the only pilot in the IAF to be decorated with a Bar to the DFC. Wg. Cdr. Karun Krishna Majumdar, gave the fledgling Indian Air Force its first war hero in World War 2. . Majumdar would have been destined to reach the topmost position in the Indian Air Force, that of the Chief of Air Staff, if fate has not decided to intervene.

Started his flying career after training at RAF Cranwell, Majumdar, popularly called as 'Jumbo'. On commissioning he joined No.1 Squadron as Flying Officer in the Mid 1930s. Flying a variety of aircraft, first the Wapiti, then on to the Hart. He was quickly identified as leadership potential and very soon was put as Flight Commander of 'C' Flight of the No.1 Squadron. Promoted to Squadron Leader, Majumdar took over command of the No.1 Squadron in June 1941, when it was based at Miranshah, NWFP. The squadron after its conversion to Westland Lysanders in August 1941 was moved to Drigh Road for training. At the onset of the hostilities after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour and Malaya, Jumbo Majumdar and his command were put to test immediately. The No.1 IAF Squadron was posted to Burma.

The Squadron was reached Toungoo airfield on 1 Feb 1942. The Japanese Air Force attacked Toungoo the very next day, destroying allied airfield installation and aircraft, only the No.1 Squadrons aircraft were unscathed. Majumdar immediately planned a retaliatory raid on the Japanese airfield at Mae-Haungsan, from where the attackers took off. Even though the Lysander was an Army Cooperation type, its employement in offensive bombing missions was unheard off.

The next day, when Majumdar took off in a solitary Lysander armed with two 250 lbs. bombs, the New Zealanders of the No.67 RAF Squadron which was sharing Toungoo, in sheer admiration and respect for this young Indian who was taking on the Japanese, sent an escort of two Buffalo fighters to the Lysander. Majumdar flew at low level, almost skimming tree tops to achieve complete surprise at the Japanese airfield. He dropped his bombs with unerring accuracy on a aircraft hanger at the airfield, destroying it as well as the aircraft in the hanger.

The very next day, Majumdar was in the thick of the action again, this time he led the whole squadron on a bombing mission on the airfield, destroying several buildings, wireless installations and aircraft on the ground. These lumbering Lysanders would have been no match to the Japanese Zeros and Oscars. But it was the Indian Pilots courage and skills that made them take such risks. From then till the fall of Rangoon in April, the Lysanders provided close air support work for the Army. Finally withdrawing after handing over their Lysanders to the Burmese Air Force.

Majumdar was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for his leadership of the squadron during the Burma Campaign. Thus becoming the first Indian Officer to be so decorated during World War 2. After spending two years in India in various staff and flying assignments, Majumdar returned to the front. Now a Wing Commander, he volunteered for a posting to No.268 RAF Squadron flying Spitfires during the allied invasion of Europe. His role in reconnoitering the Falise-Gap sector and other areas earned him further laurels.

On his return from Europe, “Jumbo” was awarded a Bar to his DFC in January 1945, again the first and the only Indian to be so decorated. He then participated in the Indian Air Force Display Flight, and toured the country conducting aerobatic shows and displays to attract and bring to the public notice, the Indian Air Force's exploits. The aerobatic sessions were much demanding on the pilots, which required plenty of practice flying and rehearsal sessions.

It was on 17 February 1945, Majumdar decided to do an aerobatic practice sortie in a Hawker Hurricane. The aircraft he chose had a previous history of snags and problems, and disregarding the advice of his friend and compatriot, Fg. Off. Harjinder Singh, (later AVM), Majumdar took to the skies in the Hurricane. In the midst of the aerobatic routines which involved a dive, one of the undercarriage legs, unlocked itself from the wheel well and deployed down, upsetting the aircraft's stability. The Hurricane stalled and crashed headlong into the ground, killing Majumdar instantaneously. Jumbo died as he wanted to live, carefree, daring and at the controls doing what he wanted to, fly to his heart's content.

Heads off to him!!!!!
Defence Services - Army-Major Som Nath Sharma
The first recipient of the Param Vir Chakra, the highest Indian gallantry award, Major Som Nath Sharma born was born on 31 January 1923 in Jammu, Jammu & Kashmir State. He was awarded the medal posthumously for his bravery in the Kashmir operations in November 1947. He died while evicting Pakistani infiltrators and raiders from Srinagar Airport during the Indo-Pak war of 1947-48 in Kashmir. He belonged to the 4th Kumaon Regiment.

He came from a well-known military family, his father, Major General Amar Nath Sharma, was also a military officer (retired as Director General of the Armed Medical Services) as were his brothers Lt. General Surindar Nath Sharma (retired as Engineer-in-chief) and General Vishwa Nath Sharma (retired as Chief of Army Staff, 1988-1990), and his sister Major Kamla Tewari (Medical Doctor). He did his schooling briefly at Sherwood College, Nainital, before enrolling at the Prince of Wales Royal Military College in Dehra Dun and later joined the Royal Indian Military Academy.He was commissioned into the 4th Kumaon Regiment of the Indian Army (then British-Indian Army) on 22 February 1942. He also saw combat during the second World War in the Arakan Operations.

His company was airlifted to Srinagar on 31 October 1947. His right hand was in a plaster cast as a result of injuries sustained in the hockey field previously but he insisted on being with his company in combat and was given permission to go. On 3 November 1947, Major Somnath Sharma's company (D Company of 4 Kumaon) was ordered on a fighting patrol to Badgam Village in the Kashmir Valley. He was soon surrounded by the enemy from three sides and his company sustained heavy casualties from the ensuing artillery bombardment. He realized the importance of holding onto his position as both the city of Srinagar and the airport would be vulnerable if it were lost. Under heavy fire and outnumbered seven to one, he urged his company to fight bravely, often exposing himself to danger as he ran from post to post.

When heavy casualties adversely affected the firing power of his company, Major Sharma, with his right hand in plaster, took upon himself the task of filling the magazines and issuing them to men, operating light machine guns. While he was busy fighting the enemy, a mortar shell exploded on the ammunition near him. His last message to Brigade HQ received a few moments before he was killed was: 'The enemy are only 50 yards from us. We are heavily outnumbered. We are under devastating fire. I shall not withdraw an inch but will fight to our last man and our last round.'
Advertising-A.G. Krishnamurthy
He was born on 28th April, 1942 in Vinukonda, in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. He graduated in History at the Andhra University. He joined the Calico Mills (a big textile name in the 60s and 70s) in 1968 to assist Smt. Giraben Sarabhai. He moved to their Advertising Agency - Shilpi Advertising, as an Account Executive in 1972. Soon in 1976, he moved to Reliance Industries, as Advertising Manager. On 25th March, 1980, he founded Mudra Communications as its Chairman & Managing Director. Nine years later, in 1989, Mudra became India's 3rd and the largest Indian advertising agency.

Two of India's leading and most recognised brands, Vimal Fabrics and Rasna Soft Drink Concentrate have been nurtured by him from infancy to their current status. Vimal and Rasna have been joined by many more Indian brands who are today, leaders their own categories.

He set up Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA) in March 1991, which is the only advertising institute of its kind in Asia. MICA was set up to feed the growing Indian advertising industry with trained talent.

Few years later, he set up Mudra International. It was again a pioneering step as it was the first time an Indian agency opened shop on foreign shores. Over the past 22 years, the agency has received 844 awards and accolades including ‘The Agency of the Year Award’, which Mudra has won for 6 years. Mr. Krishnamurthy was also nominated Advertising Person of the Year, in 1995 by A & M, India's leading marketing journal. In 1997, he was inducted into the 'Hall of Fame' of The Advertising Club, Calcutta. In December 1998, The British Magazine' Media International' nominated Mr. A.G.Krishnamurthy as one of the 25 key figures of the international advertising industry. In 1999, he was also awarded the prestigious AAAI - Premnarayen Award acknowledging 'his pioneering spirit and entrepreneurial vision'.

He established the country's first online reference library for advertising - MAGINDIA.COM in 2000. In 2002, he was inducted into the 2002-2003 edition of International Who's Who of professionals. Three years alter in 2003, he was honored by MAA TV and the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh as one of the top Andhra born achievers. He retired from Mudra on 31st March, 2003. Mr. Krishnamurthy is at present, the Chairman of AGK Brand Consulting. Mr. Krishnamurthy alternates residing in Ahmedabad and Hyderabad with his family which includes three daughters and a son.
Architecture-Hafeez Contractor
It is a name now synonymous with the best of architectural designs in India was once even rejected a seat in an institute of architecture because his academic record was not too good. He reached his goal through sheer persistence and dedication for his passion, architecture. He began his independent practice in 1982 with a staff of two and now his firm has over 350 employees including senior associates, architects, interior designers, draftsmen, civil engineering team and architectural support staff. The firm has conceptualized ,designed and executed a wide range of architectural projects like bungalows; residential developments; hospitals; hotels; corporate offices; banking and financial institutions; commercial complexes; shopping malls; educational institutions; recreational and sports facilities; townships; airports; railway stations, urban planning and civic redevelopment projects. He has won many prestigious awards for his work. He has been designing structures for the biggest names in India and abroad. As he says he designs continuously, even when he is traveling. The surroundings that pass by are his inspiration. My only passion is building attractive and unique structures and I hope to give Indian cities and towns my very best, he says.
Merchant Navy-Sonali Banerjee
First woman marine engineer, she graduated from the Marine Engineering and Research Institute (MERI) at Taratala in 1999. Sonali successfully took the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) entrance test and enrolled for the marine engineering course in 1995. even befre she passed from the institute, she had a job in hand with Exxon-Mobil Oil Tankers. With that India joined the ranks of select Scandinavian, European and American countries which have women merchant navy officers on board ships for high seas. says principal officer and registrar of Indian ships in Kolkata.

Sonali has had to struggle all the way. She always knew it would be tough, having to prove that she was capable and not privileged to be there because she was a woman. She says that it was her determination and perseverance that got her through.

Her success has attracted the attention of many other aspiring girls and paved the way for them into an all men domain (till some time back) called Merchant Navy.
Civil Services-Sukumar Sen
An Indian Civil servant the first Chief Election Commissioner of India from 21 March 1950 to 19 December 1958 and also the first Chief Election Commissioner of Nepal and Sudan.

Sukumar Sen (born 1899) eldest son of a district magistrate; He was educated at Presidency College and at the University of London. He got a gold Medal in Mathematics at university of London. In 1921, Sen joined the Indian Civil Service, and served in various districts as an ICS officer and as a judge. In 1947, he was appointed Chief Secretary of West Bengal, the senior-most rank that an ICS officer could attain in any state in British India.

Sen as Chief Secretary of West Bengal had to deal with the aftermath of an immense influx of refugees from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) and the outgoing of refugees from West Bengal. There were also problems of riots and atrocities against Muslims for the administration to suppresss.

As Chief Election Commissioner

Historian Ramachandra Guha writes of Sukumar Sen in 2002:

on India's first general election in 1952 has historian's take on the first CEC, ' … a man who is an unsung hero of Indian democracy. It is a pity we know so little about Sukumar Sen.

It was perhaps the mathematician Sen, which made him ask the prime minister to wait. No officer of State, certainly no Indian official, has ever had such a stupendous task placed in front of him. Moreover, with the general election would take place elections to the State Assemblies. Working with Sukumar Sen in this regard were the election commissioners of the different provinces, also I.C.S. men.'

Tinker and Walker write that Sukumar Sen was aided by two Regional Election Commissioners plus one Chief Election Officer for each state.

Sen was the first Vice-Chancellor of Burdwan University, which started on 15 June 1960. Uday Chand Mahtab and the then Chief Minister of West Bengal, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, facilitated the establishment of this university.
Defence Services - Navy-Admiral Sureesh Mehta
Chief of the Naval Staff & Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee.

Admiral Sureesh Mehta assumed charge of the Indian Navy, as the 19th Chief of Naval Staff, on 31 October 2006.

Born on 18 August 1947, he is the first service chief from the armed forces to be born post Indian Independence. He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy (NDA) and was commissioned into the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy in July 1967. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Indian Naval Air Arm and extensively flew the Hawker Sea Hawk from the aircraft carrier Vikrant. He is a graduate of the prestigious Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) at Wellington and has also carried out instructional duties as a directing staff in that institute. He also attended the National Defence College (NDC) at New Delhi in 1994. His most distinguishing ship appointments include the command of INS Beas - a Leopard Class frigate and the first indigenously-built, guided-missile frigate of the Indian Navy - INS Godavari.

Admiral Mehta was appointed as the Flag Officer Naval Aviation (FONA) in 1995 as Rear Admiral, where he was responsible for marshalling the resources of the entire aviation fleet of the Indian Navy.

In October 1998, he was appointed as Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, a post he held with distinction till April 2000. It was during his tenure as FOC Western Fleet, that the incident of piracy aboard the MV Alondra Rainbow occurred in November 1999. This Japanese tanker was stopped by naval units under his command and the pirates were brought to book by his flagship, INS Delhi. He has also had the distinction of commanding INS Garuda, the Indian Navy's premier naval air station in Kochi, Kerala.

During Admiral Mehta's tenure as Assistant Controller of Warship Production & Acquisition and Assistant Controller Carrier Projects at Naval Headquarters, he initiated wide ranging initiatives to revitalize the naval fleet and was responsible for commencement of a host of important and critical ship & aircraft acquisition programs, in preparation for blue water operations of the Indian Navy in the 21st century.

In his further appointments as the Assistant Chief of Personnel (Human Resources Development), Controller Personnel Services and Chief of Personnel at Naval HQ, he was responsible for the entire Personnel Management Policy of the Indian Navy.

Admiral Mehta was appointed as Director General (DG) Coast Guard on 13 January 2003 and he guided the force with the vision of establishing a strong, vibrant and visible Indian Coast Guard. He established linkages with India's maritime neighbours - both near and afar - and created common operating doctrines for tackling incidents at sea.

Admiral Mehta served as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) of the Eastern Naval Command from 30 September 2005. It was during his tenure at the ENC, that the first-ever Presidential naval fleet review was held on the country's east coast, which saw participation by over 66 warships and 50 aircraft of the Indian Navy. He also held the office of Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (DCNS) from 2004 to 2005.

He was awarded the Ati Vishist Seva Medal (AVSM) in 1995 and the Param Vishist Seva Medal (PVSM) in 2005 for exceptional meritorious services. Admiral Mehta and Mrs Maria Teresa Mehta have two children. He was appointed as the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) on 28 September 2007.
Veterinary sciences-Prof. S.P.S. Ahlawat
Director, IVRI (Indian Veterinary research Institute), Izatnagar Since 2006.

Professional Growth and Profile

He did his graduation, post-graduation and doctorate from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar. He is M.Sc. in Animal Genetics and Ph.D. in Animal Breeding. During under-graduation and post graduation, Dr. Ahlawat was awarded ICAR fellowship and for doctorate programme, he received CSIR fellowship. Dr. Ahlawat

Dr. Ahlawat started his scientific career as Pool Officer from HAU, Hisar. Thereafter, he got selected in Agricultural Research Services of ICAR and joined as Scientist S-1 at IVRI/CARI, Izatnagar. He remained in IVRI/CARI Izatnagar from 1978 to 1985. He joined CARI, Port Blar in the year 1985 as Scientist S-2. Thereafter, he was selected to the post of Scientist S-3 in 1989 and served as Incharge, Animal Science Division from October, 1989 to October, 1995.

In the year 1995, he was selected as Head, Division of Animal genetics and Breeding IVRI and served there from October, 1995 to May, 1999. Dr. Ahlawat has worked as Director of Central Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair from May, 1999 to October, 2002 and Director, NBAGR, Karnal from October, 2002 to November, 2006. He is presently serving as Director, IVRI, Izatnagar from November, 2006. Dr. Ahlawat has 250 research papers to his credit and is the author of 8 books on various aspects of Animal Science.


He has evolved new breeds of goat, poultry and cattle which are of great significance in improving the economic status of farmers of Andman and Nicobar Islands and country as a whole. Dr. Ahlawat has developed a Barren goat surviving on saline sea water, the only animal in the world which drinks sea water. He also developed Nicobari fowl laying highest eggs (i.e. 162 eggs/year under zero management) among the indigenous poultry birds of the Country. Dr. Ahlawat was also engaged in characterization and conservation of Animal Genetic Resources in India and South-East Asia.

As Director, IVRI, Dr. Ahlawat has given top emphasis on green and clean Institute, identified/enlisted frontier areas of research in animal production and veterinary sciences under his vision plan of IVRI and encouraged young scientists/teams to come forward and undertake research projects in such advanced/basic areas which may revolutionize animal production in country.

Presently, Dr. Ahlawat is working in the field of Animal Genetics and Animal Biotechnology. So far he has guided 2 Ph.D and 2 M.V.Sc students of Animal Genetics.

Memberships and Associations

Member of editorial board of various scientific journals such as Indian Journal of Poultry Science, International Journal of Animal Science, Indian Poultry Review, Indian Journal of Heredity and Agricultural Review; nominated as National Coordinator for preparation of Country Report on State of World’s Animal Genetic Resources; active member of various scientific societies and committees. Some of them are : President, Society for Conservation of Domestic Animal Biodiversity, Karnal; President, Andaman Science Association; Member –Secretary and Coordinator, Zonal Planning Team Zone XV, Planning Commission; Member, Haryana & Punjab State Steering Committee for preparation of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan; Member, State Advisory Committee for Livestock Breeding and Establishment of State of AGR in Uttar Pradesh; Member, Core Committee, State Biodiversity Action Plan, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal; Member, Task Force for Promotion of Biotechnology in Himachal Pradesh. Govt. of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla; Member, Core Group for preparation of Nati0onal Document on Import and Export of Animal Germplasm; Member, Central Advisory Committee for the Development of Sheep, Goat and Rabbits; Member, National Consultative Committee for preparation of a country driven report on State of World’s Animal Genetic Resources (SoW-AnGR).


Some of national and research team awards received by Dr. Ahlawat are ICAR Team Research Award as team Leader (1991-92), Fakruddin Ali Ahmed Award (Twice – 1986 and 1994), Rashtriya Vikas Jyoti Award (2002), Rajshri Tandon Rajbhasa Award (2002), Bishnu-Sudama Memorial Award (1999), ICAR-Best Annual Scientific Report Award (1998-1999) and Best KVK Award (2002) (Profile Courtesy IVRI)
Stock Brokers & Investment Analysts-Deepak Mohoni
B. Tech. IIT Kanpur, MBA - IIM Calcutta rated as India's foremost market strategist by many investors.

He popularized the use of technical analysis in India through his columns in the Economic Times and Business World, and appears regularly on CNBC India's programs. He has also appeared on BBC, Star TV, Doordarshan, and Reuters TV. His comments on the market are often quoted by business newspapers and magazines. He coined the term 'sensex' for use in his writings about fifteen years ago.

He currently heads a consulting firm. He also runs the website
Aviation-Rakesh Sharma
The first Indian to visit space Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma (retd)

Born in Patiala Punjab joined the Indian Air Force and progressed rapidly through the ranks.

Rakesh Sharma, then squadron leader and pilot with the Indian Air Force embarked on the historic mission in 1984 as part of a joint space program between the Indian Space Research Organisation and the Soviet Intercosmos space program. He spent eight days in space aboard the Salyut 7 space station.

During the flight, Squadron Leader Sharma conducted multi-spectral photography of northern India in anticipation of the construction of hydroelectric power stations in the Himalayas. Squadron Leader Sharma and his backup, Wing Commander Ravish Malhotra, prepared an elaborate series of zero-gravity Yoga exercises which the former had practised aboard the Salyut 7.

In a famous conversation, he was asked by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi how India looked from the space and he replied, Saare Jahan Se Achcha, (better than the whole world).

He was conferred with the honour of Hero of Soviet Union upon his return from space. The Government of India conferred its highest gallantry award (during peace time), the Ashoka Chakra on him and the other two Russian members of his mission.

Retired with the rank of Wing Commander, Rakesh Sharma joined Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) as a test pilot. He was based at the Aircraft & Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE) in Bangalore and worked on the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft program.

Rakesh Sharma has now retired from active employment. He is currently the Chairman of The Board for Automated Workflow. In November 2006 he took part in India's top scientists gathering organized by ISRO which gave the green signal to an Indian manned space mission.
Biological scientists-Monkombu Sambasivan Swaminathan
Dr M.S. Swaminathan, the father of Green Revolution in India once said "if conservation of natural resources goes wrong, nothing else will have a chance to go right." He is a visionary whose dream is to rid the world of hunger and poverty. Dr. Swaminathan is widely respected for his effective advocacy of sustainable development, especially using environmentally sustainable agriculture, sustainable food security and the preservation of biodiversity.

He is founder and Chairman of the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, leading the 'Evergreen Revolution'.

He is an Indian agriculture scientist, born August 7, 1925, in Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu. He is a visionary whose dream is to rid the world of hunger and poverty. Dr. Swaminathan is widely respected for his effective advocacy of sustainable development, especially using environmentally sustainable agriculture, sustainable food security and the preservation of biodiversity.

His motto is "if conservation of natural resources goes wrong, nothing else will have a chance to go right." He said, in 2005, that: "I am firmly convinced that hunger and deprivation can be eliminated sooner than most people consider feasible, provided there is a synergy among technology, public policy and social action".

Education He chose a career in agriculture and enrolled in Coimbatore Agricultural College where he graduated as class valedictorian with another B.Sc, this time in Agricultural Science.

In 1947, he moved to the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) in New Delhi as a post-graduate student in genetics and plant breeding and obtained his post-graduate degree there with high distinction in Cytogenetics in 1949.

He began his lifelong association with UNESCO by receiving a UNESCO Fellowship to continue his IARI research on potato genetics at the Wageningen Agricultural University, Institute of Genetics in the Netherlands.

In 1950, he moved to study at the Plant Breeding Institute of the University of Cambridge School of Agriculture. He earned his Ph.D degree here in 1952. He then accepted a post-doctoral research associateship at the University of Wisconsin, Department of Genetics to help set up a USDA Potato Research Station. He returned to India in early 1954. Professional achievements Dr. Swaminathan has worked on a wide range of problems in basic and applied Plant breeding, agricultural research and development and the conservation of natural resources, leading Consensus decision-making, building organizational structures and networking of organizations.

He has been involved with the agricultural research and teaching cytogenetics at Indian Agricultural Research Institute IARI. Over 68 students have done their Ph.D thesis work under his guidance.

He has held key positions at national and international institutes and organizations like Indian Council of Agricultural Research ICAR, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, Independent Chairman, FAO Council, Rome, International Steering Committee of the Keystone International Dialogue on Plant Genetic Resources, International Congress of Genetics, World Wide Fund for Nature–India WWF, International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems (ISME).

Established the National Bureau of Plant, Animal, and Fish Genetic Resources of India., the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (changed in 2006 to Biodiversity International) and Transformed the Pre-investment Forest Survey Programme into the Forest Survey of India, Developed the concept of Farmers' Rights and the text of the International Undertaking on Plant Genetic Resources (IUPGR).

Swaminathan has been described by the United Nations Environment Programme as " he Father of Economic Ecology".

Swaminathan is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London the U. S. National Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Italian Academy of Sciences.

Dr Swaminathan is a prolific scientific researcher and writer. He published 46 single author papers between 1950 and 1980. In addition he has written a few books around the general theme of his life's work, biodiversity and sustainable agriculture for alleviation of hunger.

Awards and recognition

Dr. Swaminathan has received several outstanding awards and prizes. These prizes include large sums of money, which has helped sustain and expand his work. The Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement 1991 Padma Vibhushan 1989 World Food Prize 1987 Golden Heart Presidential Award of the Philippines, 1987 Albert Einstein World Science Award by the World Cultural Council 1986 Padma Bhushan 1972 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership 1971 Padma Shri 1967 He holds 46 honorary Doctorate degrees from universities around the world.

The list of awards and recognitions is never ending. On the occasion of the presentation of the First World Food Prize to Dr. Swaminathan in October 1987, Mr. Javier Perez de Cuellar - Secretary General of the United Nations, wrote: "Dr. Swaminathan is a living legend. His contributions to Agricultural Science have made an indelible mark on food production in India and elsewhere in the developing world. By any standards, he will go into the annals of history as a world scientist of rare distinction".

He currently holds the UNESCO -Cousteau Chair in Eco technology at the M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation in Chennai, India.He is the chairman of the National Commission on Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security of India (National Commission on Farmers). He is currently spearheading a movement to bridge the Digital divide called, "Mission 2007: Every Village a Knowledge Centre".
Industrial Designers-Uday Dandavate
He is trained as an industrial designer and a specialist in user research, founder member and principal of SonicRim ( a global design research company that drives innovation by helping its clients understand people, cultures and trends. He is associated with many academic institutions, including 180 Academy, Denmark, The Industrial Design Center (IDC) at the IIT, Mumbai; National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi; and the Department of Industrial, Interior, and Visual Communication Design at The Ohio State University.

At SonicRim, he leads a multi-disciplinary team where he studies people, cultures and trends around the world, in order to drive design and innovation strategies for his clients. He has helped many Fortune500 companies gain empathy for the experience of everyday as they design products, brands, and new technologies.

He has also worked with many public organizations to help them understand how to best deliver value to their audience through design and innovation. He is often invited to speak at international conferences and universities, to share his ideas and experiences and knowledge.

Uday is also one of the founders of the 'Design with India' initiative which is working towards developing a think tank for designers and innovators from around the world to help define the opportunities and challenges of designing for a resurgent Indian market and for integrating the cultural and design sensitivities and traditions of India with the global economy.
Management-Dr. KRS Murthy
He is a seasoned and veteran serial corporate executive and serial entrepreneur. He is an expert on corporate governance and mergers & acquisitions.

He is a seasoned serial entrepreneur, serial C level executive, inventive scientist, innovative engineer, leader in professional societies and public speaker. His passion encompasses singing, composing, acting, directing, costumes design, theatre make up, stage craft and design, background music, sound effects, lighting and colored powder painting.

He is a well recognized name in the field of telecom, IT, software, video / multimedia, defence, aerospace and other high technology industries to include: corporate governance, strategy, investor relations, mergers and acquisition, R & D, engineering, operations, business development, marketing and total quality management.

He has in-depth experience in R&D, technology / product development, product marketing, business operations and total quality management functions with Fortune 50 and many companies rated as the fastest growing in USA and the World like Bell Labs, GE, and NASA, corporate executive in AT & T, GE, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor of Management in California State Universities (CSU) and BOD of IEEE.


Listed are a few of the many accomplishments of KRS Murthy

Extensive Mergers and Acquisitions Expertise and Track Record: Led the M&A of few multibillion and many multimillion dollar acquisitions and deal negotiations Grew PNS Telecom from $60M to over $500M ranked as the fastest growing company in USA and largest minority owned-company in USA. Built on-board scientific experiments and ground checkout systems for the FIRST space shuttle Led the development of India’s first three satellites and first earth station. Many accomplishments in advertising effectiveness, public relations, event marketing, market research, competitive research, analysis and strategy. Professor of Electronics and Computer Engineering, California State University, Pomona and Fullerton and Visiting Professor in many universities around USA. Many inventions in nanotechnology, aerospace, defense, instrumentation, consumer, telecommunications & IT technologies Developed “silent brain storming” and “Kaleidoscope brain storming” techniques

Professional Career

CEO, MAA Inc. Santa Clara, CA - Industry: Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Governance. President and Chairman of the Board Nisvara Inc. NASA, Moffett Field Research Park, CA. Industry: Nano and Micro Technology based Composites. Group President, PNS, San Jose, CA. Industry: Value added resellers (VAR) and systems designers and integrators of broadband telecom systems for wire line and wireless applications. President, Virtual Think Tank - Wintara, Fremont, CA. Industry: Application Service Provider. USA Country Manager, AT&T and AT&T Bell Labs. Industry: Telecom R&D Management, Broadband data communications services. General Manager, General Electric Audio and Video Products, Cable TV set top converter and head end. Division Vice President, IMR Systems Corporation. Industry: NASA, Defense and Federal government networking and IT contracts. Program / Project Manager, SASC, Anaheim, CA and College Park, MD. Industry: Defense and Federal government networking and IT contracts. Professor, California State University, Electronics and Computer Engineering; Professor, Management. Project Manager and Senior Scientific Officer, Indian Space Research Organization, In dia. Industry: Satellites and Aerospace. Research Scientist, Bharat Electronics Limited. Industry: Radar and antenna control.
Pharmacists-Dr. H P Tipnis
A graduate and Masters from Mumbai University institute of Chemical technology (Formerly UDCT) in 1958, M.S. degree from University of California at San Francisco and Ph.D in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from University of Nebraska, Omaha in 1964.

After obtaining he prestegious credencials in pharmaceutical education, return he returned to joined UDCT as a Reader and then he became Principal of Bombay College of Pharmacy from 1971 to 1995. During his long career as a Principal, he brought the college to prime position by making Pharma Industry to support the college in many ways. He was also very active in research and had many pioneering areas to his credit like Bioavailability studies, QSAR, Natural pest control agents etc. He has guided 35 Ph.D and over 100 M. Pharm and M.Sc students. He has over 180 publications and 10 books to his credit.

He has received several awards and honors, prominent among them are Lunsford, Richardson Award (USA), M.L.Khorana Award, Eminent Pharmacist Award in 2004 and Life Time Achievement Award of APTI in 2005. He has been elected as President of 59th Indian Pharmaceutical Congress 2007 at Varanasi.
Fashion Technology-Rohit Bal
He has become synonymous with Indian fashion; 'Indian Master of Fabric and Fantasy' Rohit Bal is one of the most renowned fashion designer in India and a leading representative of Indian fashion in the international scenario. He has dressed most of the great and famous of India from the world of fashion, film, corporate and media. So is the list of his international clientele. Uma Thurman, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Pamela Anderson and Anna Kournikova are his regular customers.

He says that fashion is an art form and he blends history, folklore and fantasy for his creations. A perfectionist in his artform he pays attention to the minutest detail to deliver just the right product.

Rohit Bal holds a first class honors degree in history from New Delhi's St. Stephens College. In 1990 he came as a name in the fashion scene of India with an all men’s attire. He was in his brother's business for a few years. It was a traditional wear for men. And there is looking back after that.

He has made a mark with his stand alone fashion shows world-wide. New York, London, Paris, Mauritius, Sao Paolo, Dubai, Singapore and all the important cities in India he has bee everywhere to showcase his creations.

Rohit Bal owns six individual boutiques in cities like Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai along with selling to all the top independent stores across India.
Engineering and other allied sectors-Ellatuvalapil Sreedharan
The Metro Man, managing director of Delhi Metro, Padma Shri by the Government of India (2001), Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India (2008), Bharat Shiromani (2005), AIMA award for Public Service Excellence (2003), Shri Om Prakash Bhasin Award for professional excellence in engineering (2002), CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) Juror's Award for leadership in infrastructure development (2002-03).

Ellatuvalapil Sreedharan, needs no introduction. He is from Perungode in Palaghat district of Kerala. . He was a classmate of T. N. Seshan, the former Chief Election Commissioner of India in school. He studied at the Victoria College in Palghat and then graduated as an engineer from the Government Engineering College, Kakinada (now JNTU)

He started his career as a lecturer in Civil engineering at the Kerala Polytechnic in Kozhikode and a year at the Bombay Port Trust as an apprentice, he joined the Indian Railways in its Service of Engineers. in December 1954.

In 1963, a huge tidal wave washed away parts of Pamban bridge that connected Rameshwaram to mainland Tamil Nadu. The Railways set a target of six months for the bridge to be repaired while Sreedharan's boss, under whose jurisdiction the bridge came, reduced it to three months. Sreedharan was put in-charge of the execution and he restored the bridge in 46 days. In 1970, as the deputy chief engineer, he was put in charge for implementation, planning and design of Calcutta metro, the first ever metro in India. He retired from Indian Railways in 1990.

The Government needed his services and he was appointed the CMD of Konkan Railway on contract in 1990. Under his stewardship, the company executed its mandate in seven years. The project was unique in many respects. It was the first major project in India to be undertaken on a BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) basis; the organisation structure was different from that of a typical Indian Railway set-up; the project had 93 tunnels along a length of 82 km and involved tunneling through soft soil. The total project covered 760 km and had over 150 bridges. That a public sector project could be completed without significant cost and time overruns was considered an achievement by many.

He was then made the managing director of Delhi Metro and by mid-2005, all the scheduled sections were completed by their target date or before and within their respective budgets. He had announced that he would retire by the end of 2005, but his tenure has been extended by another three years to oversee the completion of the second phase of Delhi Metro. Recently he was called in Pakistan for development of the Lahore Metro plan.
Fine art-Satish Gujaral
Order of the Crown, Belgium, for Architecture, Pdma Vibhushana from the Government of India, national Awards for Painting and sculpture, and Leonardo Da Vinci Award are just a few of the long list of awards and recogonitions that the acclaimed artist Satish Gujral has been given in a career spanning over nearly half a century. He is known for exquisite paintings, graphics, murals and sculptures and architectural endeavours.

Satish Gujral was born in the year 1925 in the pre-partition West Punjab. At the tender age of eight, an illness impaired his hearing. In 1939, Satish joined the Mayo School of Art in Lahore to study Applied Arts. In 1944, he moved to Mumbai and took admission in the Sir J.J. School of Art. In 1952, on a scholarship he went to Mexico for an apprenticeship with Diego Rivera and David Sequeiros.

1952 to 1974 he organized solo shows of his sculptures, paintings and graphics in Mexico, New York, New Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta, Montreal, Rome, Berlin, Tokyo, Buenos Aires and Stockholm. He started making large murals, mostly in mosaic and ceramic tiles and later in steel elements. His building of the Belgium Embassy in New Delhi has been selected by the international Forum of architects as one of the one thousand best built in the 20th century round the world.

His murals embrace prominent places as Punjab University, Chandigarh, Odeon Cinema, New Delhi, World Trade Fair, New York, Oberoi Hotel, New Delhi, Northern Railway, New Delhi, Ministry of Education, Shastri Bhavan, New Delhi, Agricultural University, Hissar, Oberoi Towers, Mumbai, The Palace of the Sultan of Muscat, Delhi High Court, Gandhi Institute, Mauritius and one of his murals adored World Trade Centre, New York.

His architectural achievements include Daryani House, New Delhi (1977), Modi House (1978), Gandhi Institute (1978-79), Datwani House (1979- 90), Modi House (1980-82), Belgian Embassy, New Delhi (1980-83), and Dass House, New Delhi (1983-85). In 1986 Satish Gujral designed the Goa University and the CMC, Hyderabad, Palace AI-Bwordy, Dubai, and the Indian Ambassador's house in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The more one speaks about his achievements, the less it is for the master of fine arts, all fine arts.
Intelligence Services-Shri U.S. Misra
Director of CBI and Head of Interpol India Shri U.S. Misra, was today elected as the Vice President of Interpol. He defeated Mr. Andrew Hughs, Commissioner of Police, Fizi by 53 votes in the election held on the concluding day of the General Assembly of Interpol at Berlin, Germany. While Sh. Misra received 93 votes Mr. Andrew Hughs got 40 votes. The election to the 184-member body is being described as a major achievement for India. As Vice-President, representing Asia region, Shri Misra will have just one-year term. Earlier, Shri P.C. Sharma, former Director, CBI was elected Vice-President (Asia region) in the election held during 2003 for a period of three years but Shri Sharma resigned from this post recently necessitating the election for the remaining term. Prior to Shri Sharma, Shri F.V. Arul was elected as a delegate of the Interpol nearly 30 years ago.

Shri Misra is one of the senior-most police officers in the country having 37 years of experience in various areas of policing, ranging from criminal investigation, law enforcement, training, policy formulation and management. As Director of the premier investigating agency of India, Shri Misra has tried to give a new direction to the Central Bureau of Investigation through steps like preventive vigilance, special drives and employee welfare measures. For distinguished service, Shri Misra has been awarded the President's Police Medal and the Indian Police Medal.

In his election speech at the Interpol General Assembly, Shri Misra promised to strive for making Interpol pro-active and responsive in collection, analysis, collation and dissemination of criminal intelligence; decentralization of the functions and activities of Interpol by opening up more Regional and Sub-Regional Bureaux and making Interpol Notices effective by persuading Member-States to accord legal sanctity to them.

The executive committee of the Interpol, consisting of the President, Vice-President and the delegates, is the select deliberative organ which meets thrice a year before the General Assembly. Its role is to supervise the execution of the decision of the General Assembly, prepare the agenda for the sessions of the General Assembly besides submitting to the General Assembly any programme of work or project which it considers useful.

Shri Misra is leading an eight-member Indian delegation to the Interpol General assembly which concludes today.
Geologists-Maharajapuram Seetharaman Krishnan
Recipient of associateship to pursue post-graduate studies in England during the British rule, Doctorate in geology by the age of 26, rare distinction to chair as President of Geology Section of the then prestigious Indian Science Congress by 37 years of age, first Indian to head the Geological Survey of India, and to cap it all a national recognition–the award of Padma Bhushan from the President of India in 1970.

Maharajapuram Seetharaman Krishnan has become synonymous for Geology of India and Burma, the classic textbook and a ‘ible’ for every geology student in India.

Early in his professional life he taught at various institutions like Presidency College, Madras (1920–21), Forest College, Dehra Dun (1928–30), Presidency College, Calcutta (1933–35).

He served as a member of Coal Mining Committee (1936–37), Member of Indian Delegation to Empire Scientific Conference in England (1946) and United Nations Conference on Conservation and Utilization of Resources, New York (1949), Chairman of Committee on Conservation of Metallurgical Coal (1949–50) (when he suggested nationalization of coal mining), and member of several research committees, Fellow or Member of many learned societies and scientific associations in India and abroad, and before he retired, served as Government of India’s Mineral Adviser and Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Scientific Research (1955–57).

Soon after India’s independence in 1947, Krishnan was deputed to United States to study methods in radioactive mineralogy and rare earth geology and this enabled him to initiate reconnaissance of promising tracts with a small team, which later separated to form the Atomic Minerals Division, of the Department of Atomic Energy.

He was the Director of Indian Bureau of Mines (New Delhi) from 1948 to 1951, Director of Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, during 1957–58, Head of the Geology and Geophysics Department, Andhra University, Waltair from 1958 to 1960, and was a moving force behind the beginning of National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad, of which he was also the Director between 1961 and 63. His untiring involvement in geological studies and exploration earned for him laurels in India and abroad.

Krishnan’s early years in GSI were in the company of such well-known giants of Indian geology like Lewis Fermor, C. S. Fox, J. A. Dunn, A. M. Heron, H. C. Jones, and J. B. Auden, who were known for painstaking fieldwork and observations which, in those days, were the backbone for geological inferences.

He had carried out extensive mapping, spanning the years 1925–33 and 1937–38, in Gangpur, Bonai, Bamra and Keonjar (parts of present Orissa State) and made some pioneering observations on the stratigraphic succession in the region.

Krishnan never rested on his laurels and had always explored avenues to keep Indian geology abreast with advances the subject had made over the years in the fields of mapping, exploration and basic studies and added new sections in the GSI to cover them.

India has been fortunate to have a person of the caliber of Krishnan at a time when the country, on the threshold of industrialization soon after independence, badly needed one who could organize and plan suitable surveys for some of the economic minerals and ores, and help to build proper infrastructure for their recovery.
Oceanographers-Robert D. Ballard
The President of the Institute for Exploration in Mystic, Connecticut.1973-74 participated in the first manned exploration of the mid-Atlantic ridge; 1977 led an expedition in the Galapagos Rift; and his best-known discovery came in 1985, when he located the wreck of R.M.S. Titanic. Ballard has also located and studied other shipwrecks, including ancient Roman ships along trade routes off the coast of Tunisia in 1997, the first two intact Phoenician ships ever found, and many other ships. He believes that there is more history on the ocean floor than all the museums in the world.

Robert Ballard was born in Kansas, but grew up in San Diego, California. He was fascinated with the seas and influenced with movies books and programs about the undersea world.

His father a missile scientist helped him get get a job at the aerospace company's Ocean Systems Group when he was 19 years old. The company was competing for a contract to build a three-man deep-ocean submersible. In later years, Ballard spent much if his career in such a vessel, known as ALVIN.

Ballard earned undergraduate degrees in chemistry and geology at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He participated in the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) and earned an army commission. He was assigned to Woods Hole Oceanographic Research Institute in Massachusetts. After leaving the Navy, he returned to Woods Hole as a research fellow and earned a Ph.D. in geology and geophysics in 1974 and went to work at Woods Hole as a full-time marine scientist.

His first major expedition, Project Famous, was the first to perform successful field mapping underwater. For more than a decade he with his team explored the uncharted mountain ranges of the ocean floor, exploring the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and descended 20,000 feet in the Cayman Trough.

During these expeditions, Ballard discovered that the entire volume of the earth's oceans is, over a period of years, recycled through the earth's crust. They also discovered the thermal vents off the Galapagos Islands.

Not satisfied with the possibilities of undersea research offered by the slow-moving submersible ALVIN, Ballard developed ANGUS (Acoustically Navigated Geological Underwater Survey), a submersible camera which could remain at the ocean floor for 12 to 14 hours, and take up to 16,000 photographs in a single lowering.

In 1980, Ballard took a sabbatical from Woods Hole to teach at Stanford University in California. By now, Ballard had earned tenure at Woods Hole. Ballard took his proposal to the U.S. Navy, and received the go-ahead from Navy Secretary John Lehman in 1982. He and his crew embarked on a mission to find the sunken hulk of HMS Titanic, He and his crew located the wreck, more than two miles beneath the waves of the North Atlantic, on September 1, 1985.

Today, he is the President of the Institute for Exploration in Mystic, Connecticut. In recent years he has inaugurated the Jason Project. Qualified students in participating schools can now watch live transmissions from the Jason robots, as they continue to explore the world beneath the waves.
Law-Soli Sorabjee
Former Attorney General and eminent jurist, Soli Jehangir Sorabjee is the Vice- President of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association and a member of the Committee on Arms Control and Disarmament Law of International Law Association. He started his legal practice in 1953. He was designated Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India in 1971. He was the Attorney General for India from 1989 to 1990 and 1998 to 2004.

Currently he holds key positions as President of the United Lawyers'Association, Vice President of the Bar Association of India, Vice-President of International Institute of Human Rights Society, Honorary Professor of Law at the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research University of Law [NALSAR], Hyderabad amongst many others. He has been actively involved with and held important positions in Human Rights Committee of the International Bar Association, Minority Rights Group (India), Committee on Arms Control and Disarmament Law of International Law Association, Indian Law Institute.

He was appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Commission as Special Rapporteur in October 1977 to the UN General Assembly on human rights situations in Nigeria; Re-elected as a member of the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities of UN Commission on Human Rights for four years from April 2002. He was a member, UN Working Group on Minorities; Appointed in May 1999 as Personal Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for East Timor to report on the human rights situation in East Timor to the High Commissioner.

Some of his publications are as follows: The Law of the Press Censorship in India (1976); The Emergency, Censorship and Press in India, 1975-1977; Chapter on Fundamental Rights in ' Public Law of India' (1979); Chapter on 'The Constitution and the Governor' in "The Governor, Sage or Saboteur" (1985); Monograph on ‘Protection of Human Rights in Emergencies' (1988); Monograph on 'Equity in the United States and India' published in "Constitutionalism and Rights", Ed. Louis Henkin & Albert Rosenthal, Columbia University Press (1990); Obliging Government to Control Itself; Recent Development in Indian Administrative Law' published in "Public Law" (Spring 1994); ' Freedom of Expression and Censorship: Some Aspects of the Indian Experience' published in Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly (Winter 1994); Freedom of Expression published in Commonwealth Law Journal Bulletin (1994).

He has delivered several lectures on different aspects of constitutional and administrative law and in particular on press freedom, independence of the judiciary and judiciary activism.

He received Kinloch Forbes Gold Medal in Roman Law and Jurisprudence (1952).He was honored with the Padma Vibhushan award, the second highest civilian award in India, in March 2002.
Tourism and Travel-Zubin Karkaria
Managing Director and CEO, Kuoni Travel Ltd. India, A known name in the Indian Tourism sector; a commerce graduate from HR College of Commerce, Mumbai, In 1991, he joined SOTC in the Trade Fairs division, in 1999, he was appointed Chief Operating officers SOTC. In 2003, he was appointed Head-New Business Development, Kuoni Travel Group, India.

Born in 1967, Zubin Karkaria is a Commerce graduate from HR College of Commerce. Mumbai. He joined SOTC in 1991 in the Trade Fairs divisional in 1999; he was appointed Chief Operating officers SOTC. In 2003, he was appointed Head-New Business Development, Kuoni Travel Group, India. In the same year he served as Chairman of the Tourism Committee, The Bombay Chambers of Commerce. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Kuoni India, he was Deputy CEO and Head - New Business Development.

He was introduced to the travel and tourism sector by a friend who had a travel agency Orbit Travels and he used to go there before and after the college. As an employee of SOTC he was sent for an executive management program conducted by the National University of Singapore in association with Stanford University. There he got a chance in the Trade Fairs unit taking delegations across Europe and then got a chance with its still at the Incentives & Conferences division organizing corporate and dealer trips and package tours.

SOTC around that time was acquired by global travel major Kuoni. There Zubin Karkaria made a mark in the packaged tour. Today a tenth of Kuoni's 30,000 package tour customers opt for this scheme.

He was awarded the 'Young Entrepreneur of the Year' Award winner at the 11th South Asia Travel and Tourism Exchange (SATTE) and was listed in 'Corporate India's Top 25 Young Executives' by Business Today.
Anthropologists-Veena Das
She is the Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. She has researched extensively on collective violence, everyday life and social suffering. Currently she is engaged in a longitudinal study on poverty and urban health in India. She taught in the University of Delhi for thirty-three years. She is on the executive board of the Institute for Social and Economic Research in Development and Democracy in Delhi and the International Center for Ethnic Studies in Colombo. She is a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Chicago.

Her research interests include Feminist movements, gender studies, sectarian violence, Medical Anthropology, post-Colonial and post-Structural theory.

Her first book Structure and Cognition: Aspects of Hindu Caste and Ritual in 1977 brought the textual practices of 13th to 17th century in relation to self representation of caste groups in focus. There after she was involved in the study of violence and social suffering. Her edited Book, Mirrors of Violence: Communities, Riots and Survivors in South Asia in 1990 and was one of the first to bring issues of violence within anthropology of South Asia.

She received the Anders Retzius Gold Medal from the Swedish Society of Anthropology and Geography in 1995 and an honorary doctorate from the University of Chicago in 2000. She is a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences.

Major Publications:

• "Structure and Cognition: Aspects of Hindu Caste and Ritual", Oxford University Press, 1977, 1982,1990, 1992, 1995, 1998.

• "The Word and the World: Fantasy Symbol and Record", Sage Publications, 1986 (Ed.)

• "Mirrors of Violence: Communities, Riots and Survivors in South Asia", Oxford, 1990, (Ed.) (Reissued in 1992, 1994).

• "Critical Events: An Anthropological Perspective on Contemporary India", Oxford University Press, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000.

• "Social Suffering", Special Issue of Daedalus (edited in collaboration with Arthur Kleinman and Margaret Lock). Winter, 1996. Also published as "Social Suffering", University of California Press, 1998 and Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1998.

• "Violence and Subjectivity"(co-edited), University of California Press, 2000.

• "Social Science and Immunization" (co-edited). Economic and Political Weekly. Special Issue, February 2000.
Meteorology-Prof. Pisharoth Rama Pisharoty
He was an Indian physicist and meteorologist, and is considered to be the father of remote sensing in India.

born on February 10, 1909 in Kerala, Balan and Rajan were famous chemists of their time. He completed his early education in Kerala. He did his Physics BA honors from St. Joseph's College, Trichinopoly, Madras state and MA (Physics) from Madras University. He then proceeded to work as a college lecturer in Physics at Loyola College at Chennai during 1932-1941. During the summer vacations he used to work under Prof. C. V. Raman at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. And on his recommendation he joined the India Meteorological Department in 1942.

There researched on thunderstorms, western disturbances, movement of monsoon depressions, orographic rain, etc. He then joined the University of California for further studies where he worked under renowned meteorologist Jacob Bjerknes. His published two reports titled Some aspects of geostrophic poleward sensible heat and The kinetic energy of the atmosphere. He obtained his MS (in Meteorology) and PhD degrees by 1954.

On returning to India, Pisharoty held the prestigious positions of the Director of Colaba and Alibag Magnetic Observatories in 1959 and Founder Director of the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune in 1962 and retired in 1967 as Director of the Institute of Tropical Meteorology. There after he joined the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad as a senior professor at the invitation of Vikram Sarabhai where he was entrusted with the job of introducing remote sensing technology to India. His pioneering experiment of detection of coconut wilt-root disease using Soviet aircraft and US equipment was considered to be the first success in remote sensing in India.

Prof. Pisharoty was elected a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences in 1957 and a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy in 1978. In recognition of his contributions, he was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri by the government of India in 1970. He was the first recipient of the Raman Centenary Medal in 1988. He was awarded the IMO Prize by the WMO in 1989. He also received the K.R. Ramanathan Medal established by Indian National Science Academy in 1990.

Prof. P. R. Pisharoty passed away on the morning of September 24, 2002 at Pune, at the age of 93. The Indian Society of Remote Sensing renamed the Indian National Remote Sensing Award to P. R. Pisharoty Memorial Award in his memory.
Journalism-Barkha Dutt
She is an Indian TV journalist with New Delhi Television (NDTV) is a known face in the field of journalism. Her reporting of the Kargil conflict in 1999 made her a household name. She had interviewed Capt. Vikram Batra during the Kargil conflict, and this interview was telecast after Capt.Batra was killed in Drass. It was an interview that shook the nation.

Barkha credits her journalism skills to her mother, Prabha, her mother and a pioneer among women journalists in India. Prabha Dutt graduated from the Chandigarh School of Journalism with honours and did her inhouse training with the Hindustan Times, Delhi in 1964.

Barkha was educated at the Modern School, New Delhi and then did her Bachelor's degree in English literature from St. Stephen's College, New Delhi. She did her Master's degree in Mass Communication from Jamia Milia Islamia's Mass Communication Research Center New Delhi. In 1997, She won Inlaks Scholarship, and took two years off from work to get a master's in journalism from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, New York.

She came into prominence during the Kargil war and since, then the focus of her work has been conflict reporting, covering areas ranging from Kashmir, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. Today as the Managing Editor of NDTV 24x7, India's premiere satellite television network she hosts We the People, every week. She is one of the most influential journalists in the country. She also writes a weekly column for The Hindustan Times and The Khaleej Times.

Her work has won her over twenty international and national awards including: the Global Leader of Tomorrow Award from the World Economic Forum in 2001; the Commonwealth Broadcasters Award, 2002; the Broadcast Journalist of the Year award from the Indian Express, in 2005; the prestigious Padma Shri Award (Journalism), in 2008.
Forensic science-Dr. Michael M. Baden
He is a co-Director of the New York State Police Medicolegal Investigation Unit. From 1961 to 1986, Dr. Baden worked in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York City and was the Chief Medical Examiner from 1978 to 1979. He was also the Deputy Chief Medical Examiner for Suffolk County from 1981 to 1983. He has held professorial appointments at Albert Einstein Medical School, Albany Medical College, New York Law School and John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

He was the chairman of the Forensic Pathology Panel of the U.S. Congress Select Committee on Assassinations that investigated the deaths of president John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Baden has been involved as an expert in forensic pathology in many cases of international interest including The examination of the remains of Tsar Nicholas of Russia and his family, The Claus Von Bulow murder trial, Marlon Brando's son's murder trial, an expert witness for the defense in the O.J. Simpson trial, The re-autopsy of Medgar Evers, Civil Rights leader, Autopsies of the victims of TWA Flight 800 and many other cases of re examination of crimes.

During his career, Dr. Baden has been published in numerous national and international medical journals. He published a factual account of several of his cases in the book Unnatural Death, Confessions of a Medical Examiner and was the subject for 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 HBO specials that highlighted several of his interesting cases demonstrating the value of forensic sciences allied with solid police investigative techniques in homicide investigation.
Film Making-Karan Johar
Karan Johar is one of the most known Indian film makers who has established himself with hit films like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham and Kal Ho Naa Ho at a very young age. Of course being the son of one of the industry finest filmmakers, the late Yash Johar, it must have just been in his blood and something had to just get to doing.

Karan Johar was born in 1972 on the 25th of May in Bombay. He was the son of Late Yash Johar and Hiroo Johar. He didn' have films on his mind at all. He studied for a Bachelors degree in Commerce and a Masters degree in French.

Though he never had a real desire to be in the industry, a chance meeting with Aditya Chopra, lead him to a project that he was working on titled Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. While on the job during the shooting schedule in Switzerland, the stars of the film Kajol and Shahrukh Khan suggested that if he'd direct a movie the'd act in it. The association lead to movies like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Kaal and Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna. In between, he even had his own chat show "Coffee with Karan" where he interviewed Bollywoods stars on Star world.

All in all, Karan Johar has achieved so much with only five major films of his own at such a young age. He is indeed someone who need looking upto by the youth of our nation today.
Environmental Science-Sunita Narain
She is a prominent Indian environmentalist and a proponent of sustainable development. Currently the director of Centre for Science and Environment and Society for Environmental Communications she is the publisher of the fortnightly magazine, Down To Earth. She has been awarded Padma Shree by the government of India for her efforts in her areas of expertise.

She has been associated with the CSE since 1982 and has worked at analyzing and studying the relationship between environment and development and at creating public consciousness about the need for sustainable development. Her research interests are wide-ranging like global democracy and climate change, the need for local democracy, forest-related resource management and water-related issues.

She began her career by writing and researching for the State of India's Environment reports and then went on to study issues related to forest management. In 1989 she co-authored the publication “Towards Green Villages” advocating local participatory democracy as the key to sustainable development.

In the early 1990s she got involved with global environmental issues and she continues to work on these as researcher and advocate. Since 1991 she co-authored the publication and books like Global Warming in an Unequal World: A case of environmental colonialism, Towards a Green World: Should environmental management be built on legal conventions or human rights, Green Politics: Global Environmental Negotiations that asses emerging ecological globalization framework and puts forward an agenda for the South on global negotiations, Dying Wisdom: Rise, Fall and Potential of India's Water Harvesting Systems. State of India’s Environment, The Citizens' Fifth Report and in 2001, Making Water Everybody’s Business: the practice and policy of water harvesting.

She has worked on a number of articles and papers on issues related to flexibility mechanisms and the need for equity and entitlements in climate negotiations co-edited the publication.

She is an active participant, both nationally and internationally, in civil society and serves on the boards of various organizations and on governmental committees and has spoken at many forums across the world on issues of her concern and expertise. In 2005, she was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India.
Economist-Amartya Sen
He is Nobel Prize winner, Bharat Ratna, economist philosopher. Dr. Amartya Sen is the first Asian academician to head an Oxbridge college and has served as a Master at the Trinity College at Cambridge University.

Amartya completed his high-school education from Dhaka in Bangladesh in 1941and then studied at the Presidency College, Kolkata and at the Delhi School of Economics after 1947. there after he moved over to the United Kingdom to complete his higher studies. He earned his doctorate from the Trinity College, Cambridge in 1959.

His works helped to develop the theory of social choice. In 1981, he published his famous work Poverty and Famines: An Essay on Entitlement and Deprivation, where he showed that famine occurs not only due to shortage of food, but from inequalities in the mechanisms for distributing food. He wrote a famous but controversial article in the New York Review of Books titled "More Than 100 Million Women Are Missing", wherein he analyzed the mortality impact of unequal rights between the genders in the developing world.

He was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award in 1999. In the same year, he received the honorary citizenship of Bangladesh. He received the Eisenhower Medal, for Leadership and Service in USA in 2000. In 2002, he was awarded the International Humanist Award by the International Humanist and Ethical Union.
Biotechnology-Dr. Varaprasad Reddy
Dr. Varaprasad Reddy is the harbinger of bio-pharma industry to India who could bring next-generation biotech products within the reach of common man by adhering to ‘Swadeshi' doctrine.

Born on November 17, 1948, he started his career as Research Scientist in Defence Labs after graduating in Electronics Engineering from Andhra University and he assisted many entrepreneurs in promoting number of projects. In 1985 he left government service to become an entrepreneur himself. He co-promoted Sabnife Power Systems Ltd., an Indo Swedish joint venture for development and production of High Technology based batteries for Defence applications.

In 1992 he stepped into the arena of biotechnology. He was fired by the enthusiasm of developing recombinant based therapeutic proteins for human healthcare and produce most efficacious yet cost-effective vaccines and drugs to reach out to common man.

Shantha Biotechnics Ltd., the company he has promoted and heads came up with India’s first genetically engineered product Shanvac-B, a vaccine against Hepatitis-B The product proved to be highly effective and did India proud by reaching market at a price that was just a fraction of the imported vaccine.

Apart from several National and International awards Dr. Varaprasad Reddy has been awarded “PADMA BHUSHAN” by the Government of India for his efforts in the direction of producing affordable medicines.
Media and Communication-Anil Dhirubhai Ambani

Shri Anil D Ambani,48, is the chairman of all listed companies of the Reliance ADA Group, namely, Reliance Communications, Reliance Capital, Reliance Energy and Reliance Natural Resources. He is also the president of the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Gandhinagar.

An MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, He is credited with pioneering several financial innovations in the Indian capital markets. He spearheaded the country’s first forays into overseas capital markets with international public offerings of global depositary receipts, convertibles and bonds.

Information Technology-Mr. Shiv Nadar
A businessman, an educationalist current Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of HCL Technologies, has translated his dream into US $ 4 Billion Global Enterprise called HCL Technologies. HCL is today a leader in the IT industry, employing 45,000 professionals, has global presence in 17 countries. HCL's business spans IT Hardware manufacturing & distribution, System Integration, Technology & Software services, Business Process Outsourcing, and Infrastructure Management.
Telecommunication-Sunil Bharti Mittal
Sunil Bharti Mittal is one of the most-successful Indian businessmen after the country took the path of liberalization in early 1990s.

He controls the $2.5bn Bharti group in India with interests in telecom and retail. He has been the frontrunner through out the decade-long revolution in mobile telephony, and has the largest customer base of 27m. Today, Bharti (Airtel), his mobile telephony company, adds a million customers every month.

The son of a politician, he started a business in 1976. During the 1980s, he lobbied the government to allow private firms to manufacture push button landline sets, and was the first to enter this business. Bharti Telecom Limited (BTL) was incorporated and entered into a technical tie up with Siemens AG of Germany for manufacture of electronic push button phones. By the early 1990s, Mittal was making fax machines, cordless phones and other telecom gear.

When India opened up the wireless telephony segment in the mid-1990s, he was among the first movers. In 1992 when the Indian government was in process of awarding licenses for mobile phone services for the first time, one of the conditions for the Delhi cellular license was that the bidder must have some experience as a telecom operator. Mittal clinched a deal.

Bharti Cellular Limited (BCL) was formed in 1995 to offer cellular services under the brand name AirTel. It became the first telecom company to cross the 2-million mobile subscriber mark. The company has also played instrumental role in bringing down the high STD/ISD, cellular rates in the country. In 2001, the company entered into a joint venture with Singapore Telecom International for a $650-million submarine cable project, the countries first ever undersea cable link connecting Chennai in India and Singapore.

Mr. Mittal is currently the President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He has been conferred the degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by the G B Pant University of Agriculture & Technology.

Sunil Mittal is an Honorary Fellow of “The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) and has been nominated to serve on several distinguished boards, committees, councils and juries like Prime Minister’s Council on Trade and Industry Co-Chairman World Economic Forum (WEF) 2007, Board of Global GSM Association (GSMA), Forum and the list goes on.

He is on the board for many reputed educational institutions like Boards of Governors of Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai, Harvard Business School India Advisory Board, and Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI), University of Pennsylvania (UPENN).