Former Minister for Home, Transport & Finance , GoK.
No. 448, 33rd Cross, 18th Main, 4th "T" Block, Jayanagara Bengaluru-560041
An Engineering Graduate turned Politician, Shri.P.G.R. Sindhia is a household name in Karnataka. Born to a family of Warriors, he continues for fight for social justice and communal amity, no matter whether he is in the ruling party of in the opposition.
He was born at Doddamaralawadi, a village in Kanakapura taluk, adjoining Bangalore on 19th September 1949. His ancestors were valiant warriors in the service of Maharajas of Mysore held senior positions in then King’s army and won the appreciation of the Mysore Kings.
Mr. Sindhia had his preliminary education in his village and higher education in Bangalore and obtained a degree in Civil Engineering from a prestigious R.V.Engineering College, Bangalore. Exhibiting leadership qualities during his college days, he was the President of the Bangalore University Students' Council during 1972-78 and Secretary of ABVP. . It was at this juncture he came in contact with the political leaders of national stature. He was instrumental in organising Lokanayak Jayaprakash Narayan's movement in Karnataka, popularly known as 'JP Movement'.
Because of such political initiatives he was imprisoned for 20 months during the Emergency. During his prison days he came in direct contact with the national leaders like Sri. Atal Bihari Vajapayee, Prof. Madhu Dandavate, Sri. Ramakrishna Hegde, Sri.S.N. Mishra, Sri.J.H. Patel, Sri H.D. Devegowda and others in the Bangalore Central Jail. He was the President of Yuva Janata in 1977 and General Secretary of State Janata Party in 1978. He had the good fortune of working with Sri Morarji Desai, Babu Jagajivan Ram,H.N. Bahuguna, Madhu Dandavate, S.N. Mishra, Ram Dhan, Choudhari Charan Singh, Rajnarain, Karpoori Takoor and other national leaders during 1977-1980.
A refreshed young man, Mr. Sindhia got himself involved in rural reconstruction works in his native Kanakapura Taluk even while teaching in an engineering college. After two years he has up teaching and devoted all his time for rural activities. He became popular among the masses because of his dedicated social work, humility and friendliness towards one and all.
He was elected as a member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly in 1983 and became Minister for Health and Family Welfare in the cabinet headed by Sri. Ramakrishna Hegde. Later, he was also the Minister for Irrigation.During his period, Jayadeva Inst.of Cardiology &, Sanjay Gandhi Hospital have start functioning and Karnataka was able to get the IPP (India Population project ) of the Govt.of India.
Mr. Sindhia's popularity is such that his voters never failed him even once since 1983. Getting elected six times from Kanakapura Constituency he was Minister under 5 Chief Ministers like Sri. Ramakrishna Hegde, Sri.H.D. Deve Gowda, Sri.S.R. Bommai, Sri.J.H. Patel and Sri. Dharmsingh. He held important portfolios like Social Welfare, Transport, Industries, Infrastructure and Finance. As Min.for Transport, his achievements are remarkable. He created 4 divisions for KSRTC and thus saved the organisation from loss. As Home Minister, he fought for curbing communal forces and anti-social elements and he was responsible for resolving the long pending Edgah Ground issue in Hubli. The International Airport work has commenced when he was the Industries Minister. He also brought ONGC project and Investors to Karnataka .
When not in the ruling party, he ably conducted himself as a floor leader of the Opposition in Karnataka Assembly.
An erudite speaker and an endearing leader, Mr. Sindhia is always in demand to resolve social and industrial disputes. As Home Minister he played a pivotal role in solving The Edga Maidan dispute at Hubli. As Transport Minister he ably managed the State Transport undertaking and implemented the Sindhia Committee report. Because of his vision and efforts the KSRTC is proved to be one of the best in the Country.
By heading various ministries and by studying various social ventures Mr. Sindhia has acquired vast knowledge in many fields. He has visited many countries including the USA, UK, the erstwhile USSR, the Philippines, Germany, Sweden, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Australia, Nepal, Cuba and China.
Whether holding a Cabinet Portfolio or sitting in the opposition benches, Mr.P.G.R. Sindhia is always involved in social and rural welfare activities. Currently he is ;
Hon’ble Ex-Minister, GoK, Door No. 4032, 28th Cross, 17th Main Road, Banashankhari 2nd Stage, Bengaluru – 560070
Chairman, MEMG International India Ltd., Bengaluru.
Mohan is the Chairperson of the Board of Manipal Global Education Services Private Limited. He has co-founded AARIN Capital with the intention of funding operational support in Technology, Ecommerce, Health Care and Life Science. In addition, Aarin has helped start 10 VC funds in various asset classes over the last 3 years. He is based out of Bangalore, India.
Mohan actively interfaces with key leadership at Indian regulators to improve the business ecosystem. His areas of focus are Education, Information Technology (“IT”) and Human Resource Development aimed at improving the quality of education and availability of skilled human capital in the Country.
Mohan was a Trustee of the International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) Foundation, the body that oversees the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”), for nearly six years now. Mohan was a Member of the Dr. Anil Kakodkar Committee on Autonomy for the IITs and the Karnataka Knowledge Commission. He was a Member on the Boards of IIT – Bhubaneswar and IIT, Hyderabad. Mohan was a Member of the Kelkar Committee, constituted by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, to reform direct tax regulations. He was also a Member of the Non-Resident Taxation Committee, the High-Powered Committee on e-Commerce and Taxation, and the Empowered Committee for setting up the Country’s Tax Information Network.
He was awarded the Padma Shri by the President of India in 2015, and the Karnataka Rajyotsava Award in 2004.
He had served on the Board of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and is currently the Chairman of SEBI Primary Markets Advisory Committee. He is now on the Board of National Stock Exchange of India Limited (NSE) and Havells India Limited.
Until mid-2011, Mohan was a Member of the Board at Infosys Limited, Bangalore. Mohan joined Infosys in 1994 and was elevated to a Member of the Board in 2000. He was Infosys’s CFO from 1994 to 2006. In 2006, he voluntarily relinquished the role to lead Human Resources and Education & Research. In June 2011, Mohan stepped out of Infosys to pursue his other long-standing passion - higher education for human development. At Infosys, Mohan led the first listing of an India-registered company on the NASDAQ and the first sponsored secondary offering of American Depositary Shares by an Indian company. Mohan was an early adopter of US Sarbanes Oxley regulations, considered the world’s most demanding requirements on corporate governance. Infosys was among the first corporations outside of the United States of America to comply with this regulation.
Mohan has a keen interest in human development through education such as illiteracy eradication through the promotion of primary education. In 2000, he along with certain other philanthropists set up the Akshaya Patra Foundation, Bangalore - a mid-day meal program for school going children. Today, the mid-day meal program feeds over 1.5 million children each day in 11,000 government schools across 10 Indian states. This program aims to feed 5 million children each day by 2020. Mohan continues to make substantial personal contributions to the program. This initiative has become the largest mid-day meal program in the world.
Mohan holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, Bangalore, and a bachelor’s degree in law (LLB) from Bangalore University. He is also a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Vice Chancellor, Azim Premji University, PES Institute of Technology Campus Pixel Park, B’’ Block Electronic City Hosur Road, Bengaluru
The Foundation is committed to a vision of “contributing towards a just, equitable, humane and sustainable society”. It runs institutions and programs in India for improving school education and in other fields of human development. The field work of the Foundation is in collaboration with various state governments, to help improve equity and quality of the public education system. The current geographical focus of this work is in 7 states of India, which have over 350,000 schools. The Foundation has established the not-for-profit Azim Premji University, with teaching and research programs focused on the fields of Education and Development. Anurag also serves as the Vice Chancellor of this University. He is closely involved with Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives, a grant-making organization supporting not-for-profit organizations working on certain specific issues in the social sector.
Anurag has been engaged with efforts to improve education in India for the past fifteen years. He has been a vocal advocate for the critical importance of public systems, in particular the public education system. His many years in business have given him an insider’s view in to both the possibilities and limits of markets. For the past few years he has also been engaged with environmental and ecological issues. He writes a fortnightly column for the newspaper Mint, on Education and Ecology, available on www.livemint.com.
Anurag has earlier played leadership roles in business. As the CEO of Wipro Infrastructure Engineering, he led the business from being No. 20 in the world to being the No. 1 in 5 years. The business has operations in Europe, India, Brazil, and China. He led Wipro’s investments in two strategic diversifications - in the Clean Energy and Water sectors. He has been responsible for many corporate functions for Wipro including Brand, Quality and Innovation. In the early part of his career he was part of the team that built the leadership position of Wipro GE Healthcare in South Asia.
He continues to be associated with Wipro, providing oversight to the social and ecological initiatives of the Wipro Group, as its Chief Sustainability Officer. He is a member of Wipro’s Group Executive Council.
Anurag has served on the Board of Wipro GE Healthcare Ltd and of the TERI University. He serves on various government & industry councils, such as the National Mission on Teachers and Teacher Education, the Government of India implementation committee for the Justice Verma Commission, and with the CII’s National Climate Change Council. He is on the board of the Institute of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology. He was elected as a ‘Young Global Leader’, by the World Economic Forum in 2008.
He has an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur and a BE in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Trichy. Both institutions have honored him with their Distinguished Alumnus award. He enjoys long distance running.
Ex - Director, Jawaharlal Centre for Advanced Scientific Research(J.N.C.A.S.R), Jakkur, Bengaluru- 560064
M.R.S. Rao was born on 21st January 1948 in Mysore, Karnataka. He obtained B.Sc and M.Sc degree from Bangalore University. He received his Ph.D degree from IISc. Subsequently he went to Baylor College of Medicine, USA for his postdoctoral work during 1974-78. He was an Assistant Professor during 1977-78 before returning to India.
On returning to India, he joined the Faculty of the Department of Biochemistry, IISc, where he built an active school of Chromatin biology. He has made very original and insightful contributions on the role of histone and their variants in modulating chromatin structure to facilitate important biological processes. He was the Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry during 1998-2003. In the year 2003, he was invited to take up the position of President of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research. He has authored over 150 publications and has mentored 30 Ph.D students and several postdoctoral fellows. His research interests include Chromatin structure & function, Meiotic recombination & repair, cancer genetics and RNA biology.
Prof. Rao has been a Member/Chairman of several national and international committees. He was chairman of the Research Council of CCMB, Hyderabad and IICB, Kolkata. He was also the Chairman of the DBT Task Force on Human Genetics and Genomic Analysis. He was the first Chairman of the Board of Governors of IISER, Trivandrum. He is a member of Science and Engineering Research Board.
Prof. Rao is a Fellow of The Indian National Science Academy, Indian Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Medical Sciences and The World Academy of Sciences (Italy). He is the recipient of S.S.Bhatnagar Prize (1988), Ranbaxy Science Foundation Award (1999), O.P. Bhasin Award (2002), FICCI Award (2004), Sir M. Visveswaraya Award (2004), Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Centenary Award (2005), TWAS Medal Lecture (2008), Padma Shri (2010) and SERB Distinguished Fellowship (2014).
SeniorAdvisor, World Organization for Research Development and Education, Ex-Scientist, NASA, No.4, 9th Cross, Jayamahal Main Road, Jayamahal Extension, Bangalore-560046.
Dr. Nazeer Ahmed holds a PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University (67), Aeronautical Engineer degree from the California Institute of Technology (65), MS degree in Aeronautics also from Caltech (62), MBA from Rider University (75) BE and a BE from the University of Mysore (61). He is a registered professional engineer in the State of California.
Dr. Ahmed’s scientific career spans over forty years. He worked on solid propellant rocket fuels at Caltech and JPL (61-63), NASA Apollo moon landing project at the Marshall Space Flight Center (64-65), advanced composite structures (67-77) at Princeton, and manufacturing technologies at Western Electric. He was a Project Manager on the NASA Hubble Space Telescope (79-82) and Program Manager on LWIR airborne and space based sensors (82-90) as well as pilot ejection systems (97-98).
Dr. Ahmed holds twelve United States patents in several engineering disciplines. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Applied Physics, Journal of Applied Mechanics, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Journal of Basic Engineering and other journals. He served as adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico and Chapman University (95-96).
Dr. Ahmed was an elected member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly from Tumakuru (78). He is a history buff and has written several books on history and spirituality. He knows several languages and has translated the Quran from Arabic into easy to read English (‘11). As a social worker, he has supported a large number of students and has built a prayer complex for 10,000 worshippers in his native Tumakuru. Currently, he serves as Chief Mentor for RankStudent.com, a Bangalore based global initiative for digital education of K-12 children. He is also the Chairman of Delixus Group of companies based in Bangalore and Palo Alto, California.
Director, C.L.H.R.D, Valencia Circle, Mangalore - 575002.
While he was working in an undergraduate institution, he established SOFA – Student Orators’ Forum of Action in 1975 to train students in leadership and public speaking.
For developing teachers as Facilitators, in 1986, he converted SOFA into IID – Institute of Individual Development and started Facilitator Certification in HRD course. 117 batches of F.C. in HRD have already been conducted till March 2013.
In need of a regular learning and development centre, he left teaching in 1992 and started ‘FEEL’ – Facilitating Excellence in Effective Leadership as a brand after converting IID into AIM INSIGHTS – Academy for Intense Motivation for Identifying Natural Skills, Independent Growth, Humane Thoughts and Strategies.
He started BHRD as a graduate programme offered by College for Leadership and HRD which was established as a unit of AIM INSIGHTS in 1999 and BHRD as a Composite Graduate Programme is being offered in different colleges since then.
His first action research was on a definition of Human Resource which he did in a period of ten years involving more than one lakh people and 500 professors from several universities. Subsequent to this, he did a second action research on ‘Virtual Presence’ as the reason for effectiveness of people who are resourceful. Simultaneously, he also worked on negative Virtual Presence which creates ineffectiveness in people. At present, he is working with 37 professors of different colleges to make a template of competencies of 50 great world leaders of the past 25 centuries for research on using them for developing effectiveness of students.
He has offered ‘FEEL Employable’ learning and development intervention to 78,000 students and ‘FEEL Teacher’ programmes for 15,000 teachers during the last 15 years,
Apart from being an effective speaker, he has authored several manuals for human resource developers. While his personal website is www.sunneytharappan.name and CLHRD’s website is http://www.clhrd.ac.in
Former Director of IISC, Emeritus Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore-560012.
Professor G. Padmanaban is the first student of the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru to have become its Director. He contributed significantly to the initiation of recombinant DNA research in the country with his studies on liver cytochrome-P450 gene expression. He has been working with the malaria parasite biology for the last three decades. His group discovered and characterized the heme-biosynthetic pathway and its role in parasite development during the transmission stages. He has shown that curcumin has tremendous potential to treat malaria as an adjunct drug. He has produced over 50 Ph.Ds and published over 150 papers. He continues to be active in research after his formal retirement in 1998. Professor Padmanaban has spent his entire career at IISc, except for his visits to the University of Chicago as a visiting scientist/Professor for over a decade during 1973-1986. He is widely travelled and given lectures at several international meetings. He has played an integral part in the growth of Life Sciences and Biotechnology in the country. He has mentored a generation of students, junior and senior scientists and entrepreneurs. He chairs several technical committees for government S&T establishments. He also chairs the technical committees of BIRAC (Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council), a section 8 company established by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. He is a member of the Vision Group for Biotechnology constituted by the Government of Karnataka. He has received several awards including the civilian awards, Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan.
Institute of Bioinformatics and applied Biotechnology, Biotech Park Electronic city Phase I, Bangalore -560100.
Dr. Gayatri Saberwal did her PhD in the life sciences at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad. She then did post-doctoral work at at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York. She has been involved with the Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology (IBAB) since its establishment in 2001, and has had a range of institution-building and administrative responsibilities.
Her group researches the health-related industries, primarily biotech and pharma, in India and abroad. Such studies, both quantitative and qualitative, should prove useful to policy making that is geared to supporting industrial innovation. Several of their publications have been in the prestigious journal Nature Biotechnology. In addition, they have had a series of general articles in Current Science entitled ‘Bio-business in brief’. These articles highlight different aspects of drug discovery and development, including institutional arrangements, that are possibly of interest to scientists and policy researchers. They hope that these will contribute to a debate that is vital to producing a knowledge driven industry, itself important to ensure a healthier India.
Professor Sadagopan is currently the Director (President) of IIIT-Bangalore (a PhD granting University). IIIT's represent a set of new generation universities started in India in late 90's with special focus on IT; IIIT-Bangalore is one of the first such Institutes; as the first Director of IIIT-Bangalore he is involved in the visioning, planning and executing the growth of this Institute that is counted as one of the premier Institutes in India. He obtained his MS & PhD Degree from Purdue University, USA in 1979 and BE (Hon) Degree from Madras University, India in 1973. He had taught at IIT Kanpur (1979 to 95) and IIM Bangalore (1995-99) His research interests include OR, Multi-criteria optimization, Simulation and Enterprise computing. Sadagopan is a Fellow of the UK's IET (formerly IEE), Computer Society of India and Institution of Engineers (India). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and ACM. Sadagopan's research work has appeared in several international journals including IEEE Transactions, European J of Operational Research, J of Optimization Theory & Applications, Naval Research Logistics, Simulation and Decision Support Systems. He has won numerous awards that include Fulbright Fellowship (1995), “Champion of humanity” Award of Hindustan Chamber of Commerce (2009), “Rotary Honour of Vocational Excellence” by Rotary Northwest Bangalore District 3190 (2013), Engineering Watch “Campus Preparedness” Award (2015), and Cisco NDTV “Digital Pioneer” Award (2016) to name a few. Sadagopan consults extensively to some of the largest private & public-sector corporations in India, in Computing, Communications, Software, Automotive, Oil and Power industries as well as social sector. He is a member of the Board of Directors of several private and public-sector corporations; he is also a member of the Board of Studies of several Universities. He is a featured Columnist for Times of India (the world's largest English Newspaper) and several magazines.
Chairman and Senior Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bengaluru
A cardiac surgeon of repute and a successful entrepreneur, Dr. Shetty is a highly respected luminary for his ingenious ideas for reforms in healthcare sector. His visionary leadership to make quality healthcare affordable for all has drawn global recognition.
Treading the path of economies of scale to bring down the cost of healthcare delivery, Narayana Hrudayalaya has been an interesting case study for the likes of Harvard University and The Wall Street Journal.
In association with Government of Karnataka, Dr. Shetty pioneered Yashaswini, a very inexpensive micro health insurance scheme benefitting about 4 million rural poor.
Dr. Shetty has also served as member Board of Governors of Medical Council of India in 2010-11. The government of India, state governments, trade bodies and global policy think tanks invite him regularly for discussions on healthcare policies for future.
Dr. Shetty is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, The Economist Innovation Award, Ernst and Young – Entrepreneur of the Year, Financial Times Arcelor Mittal ‘Boldness in Business’ Award, Nikkei Asia Prize for Economic and Business Innovation. He has also been awarded honorary doctorates from University of Minnesota, University of Mysore and IIT, Madras.
After his post-graduation from Kasturba Medical College and having undergone higher training in Cardiothoracic Surgery at NHS, UK, Dr. Shetty held positions in BM Birla Heart Research Centre, Kolkata and Manipal Heart Foundation, Bangalore before becoming the Founder and Chairman at Narayana Hrudayalaya Group of Hospitals.
Director- Of Khimji Flow Equipments Pvt Ltd & Founder of Bdk Group. Hubballi
The one who spearheaded the group successfully through a three decade- long manufacturing and marketing journey from one product manufacturer to a company offering a complete range of Industrial Valves.
Director (U.S.M), Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, JNMC Campus, Nehru Nagar, Belgaum
i. Medical Teacher - Since 1966 in Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum.
ii. Principal - Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum, 1985 -2002.
iii. Director of Health Sciences of K.L.E. Society from 2002 – till date.
iv. Director, USM-KLE International Medical Programme, Medical School, Belgaum, Since 2009.
v. Member of Medical Council of India - 1989 to 2000.
vi. Member of Senate, Academic Council, Syndicate of both Karnataka University and Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, between 1985 to 2005.
vii. Member of Academic Council and Board of Management of K.L.E. University, Since 2006.
viii. Dean, Medical Faculty,Karnataka University 1994-1996.
Dean, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences -2003-2004
ix. DR. B.C.Roy National Award as Eminent Medical Teacher 1989.
x. Karnataka RajyotsavaAward 1991.
xi. Instrumental in Getting Deemed to be University Status to the K.L.E.Society, 2006.
xii. Established, Department Public Health, Started Master in Public Health Course in 2007
xiii. President Nada HabbaSamiti , Belgaum, Since 2008.
Ex-Vice Chancellor, Manipal University, Manipal.
Professor Belle Monappa Hegde, a Padma Bhushan awardee (2010) is a medical educationist, author, thinker, orator and cardiologist of international repute. He is the Editor-in-Chief of an international medical journal called the Journal of the Science of Healing Outcomes. A former Vice Chancellor of Manipal University, Manipal, India, he also was the Visiting Professor of Cardiology at The Middlesex Hospital Medical School, University of London between 1982 and 2002. He is the Affiliate Professor of Human Health,University of NorthernColorado. Among various academic and healthcare programmes he is involved in are as chairman of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mangalore Centre, Mangalore and Chairman of Bihar State Health Society’s Expert Committee,Patna.
Dr B. M. Hegde has been working at the cutting edge of modern healing sciences. He has a self-critical approach to one’s own profession. Abandoning the misleading term “evidence-based” medicine in favour of the "Whole Person Healing" practices which cover, among other things, ancient Indian Ayurvedic practices including the positive effect of spiritual healings. As a leading protagonist of the Whole Person Healing practice, he has been successfully educating audiences the world over on the virtues of the broader approach to human wellness. This has contributed in no small measure to the rewriting of medical philosophy in the 21stcentury with the buzz word Whole Person Healing (WPH) - healing of the body, mind and spirit.
Thirty five books, thousands of lay articles in several leading publications, 249 medical research papers in the leading Indian and international medical journals, professor Hegde teaches and examines for the British andIrishRoyalCollegesin addition to many Indian Universities. CovetedDr.BC Roy and JC Bose national awards for life science research in addition to Best teacher, Best researcher, Hon. Doctorate, and Distinguished physician of India awards to name a few are his achievements..
Vice Chancellor, Sri. Siddhartha Academy of Higher Education, Agalakote, B.H.Road, Tumkur-572107.
Dr Balakrishna Shetty did his MBBS/ MD (Radiology) from KMC Mangalore/ Manipal with Distinction in many subjects. He received National Merit Scholarship, DGHS Scholarship. He did Pediatric Radiology fellowship from University of Texas. He is one of the very few Foreign Medical Graduates to get the Fellowship in Body Imaging from Baylor College of Medicine in 1995.
In 1995 Dr Shetty was appointed as faculty Pediatric Radiology, at Children Hospital, Montréal, Canada. He came back to India, worked as Chief of Radiology at reputed Hospitals in Bangalore like Narayana Hrudayalaya, St Johns Medical College, Bangalore Institute of Oncology and Medinova. He worked as Prof and Head of the Dept of Radiology at Kempegowda Medical College and Sri Siddhartha Medical College.
He worked in many International hospitals and Universities like Yale University, Texas Children Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Hospital and the very prestigious Cleveland Clinic, USA. In 2007 he took over as Chief of Radiology at ISHA Diagnostics, one of the best Diagnostic Centers in Malleshwaram Bangalore.
He is involved in Research Activities on Whole Body Imaging, Stem Cell Imaging and rare Muscular Dystrophy. He is known internationally for developing MR PET technology, for early detection of Cancer without Radiation.
He is well known for his lectures on, Health maintenance and Cost effective Health Care by Natural Living. He is member of Malaysian Scientific Society, European Society of Radiology, and American Medical Association. He is the only member from Asia in the Scientific Committee and Editorial Board of Society for Advancement of Science in Africa (SASA). He is member of Karnataka Knowledge Commission and the youngest Vice Chancellors of Medical Universities.
Cricket Player, No. 5, 5th Cross, 13th Main, Indira Nagara, Bangalore-560038.
Rahul Sharad Dravid (born 11 January 1973) is a former Indian cricketer and captain of the Indian Test and One Day International teams. He did his schooling from St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School, Bangalore and represented the school in hockey and cricket. Dravid then went on to play Ranji Trophy for Karnataka and was part of the Ranji Trophy winning squad in 1998-99. He made his Test debut for India at Lords in 1996.Dravid was honoured as one of the top-five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2000. Dravid was also awarded the ICC Player of the Year and the Test Player of the Year at the inaugural awards ceremony held in 2004. Rahul Dravid is the 4th highest run getter in Test cricket and one of seven batsmen in the history of the game to have scored 10000 runs in both Tests and ODI matches. He holds the record of having taken the most number of catches in Test matches for a fielder. On 9 March 2012, he announced his retirement from international cricket. He continued to play in the IPL until calling time on his career after the 2013 season. He is now the Mentor of the Rajasthan Royals.
During his playing days, Dravid was conferred with the Arjuna Award (1998) and the Padma Shri (2004). In April 2013, Rahul Dravid received the prestigious Padma Bhushan Award.
Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy, No.4, 3rd Main, KBA Stadium, Jasma Bhavan Road, Opp Congress Office, Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru-560052.
Chairman, Alva’s Education Foundation, Moodbidri, Karnataka
Field of activity: Education, Social Work, Art, Sports
Alva’s Education Foundation (R) was founded by the chairman Dr. M. Mohan Alva, a Physician by profession. Dr. M. Mohan Alva was born in an agrarian family on 31st May, 1952. He secured his Bachelor's degree in Ayurvedic Medicine. At present 19,000 youths are studying under various institutions of Alva’s Education Foundation. He thought of establishing institutions providing basic education starting from Pre-University to Post Graduate courses. At present totally 19 collages are running under Alva’s Education Foundation. Student Adoption Scheme: Out of 19,000 students 3000 students are brought under this scheme. This scheme is open to all the deserving students irrespective of their Caste, Creed, Religion. The beneficiaries chosen are under four categories namely: 1. High Distinction/Meritorious Category 2. Excellence in Sports Category 3. Excellence in Cultural Performances Category 4. Physically Challenged Category Dr. Alva’s love for sports: Alva’s give special emphasis to sports. Nearly 3000 students have been adopted under this scheme and where trained properly with free food and accommodation. Out of these nearly 150 sports men and women have earned fame and name for Alva’s Institution in State and National Level and now they are well settled in life. Alva’s Nudisiri (Promotion of Kannada literary activities): The service he rendered to the promotion of Kannada language by organizing Nudisiri, a national literary meet speaks volumes for his love for the language of the land. Alva’s Virasat - A cultural extravaganza (Promotion of Indian Classical Dance and Music): Dr. Alva's crowning achievement in the field of dance and music is Alva's Virasat. It is a National Cultural Festival held in Moodbidri every January. Artistes of National and International fame from all parts of India are invited to perform. Starting of Special School for mentally challenged. In the year 2008 he decided to start a school for the mentally challenged for providing a quality life for these children. Presently 25 children are getting trained in the school. Up-liftment of SC, ST Community: Children from scheduled communities such as Koraga, Siddi, Malekudiya, Soliga and Kudubi are adopted by Alva’s Education Trust. Nearly 100 students from these communities are getting free education.
Awards and Honours
Distinguished Professor Vikram Sarabhai, P&PR Unit, ISRO Hqs, Antariksh Bhavan, New BEL Road, Bengaluru-560 231
He is presently, President, Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), Delhi, a premier Engineering Academy of the Country and Honorary Distinguished Professor at ISRO HQ, Bangalore. He is also member of Board of Governors, IIT Madras and Chairman, Governing Council, MVJ College of Engineering, Bangalore.
After his degree in Science and Engineering from Mysore University he took his Post Graduate degree from IIT Madras. He got his Doctorate under Commonwealth Scholarship in Control Systems from Salford University, UK. He joined Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Trivandrum in 1969 and discharged several responsibilities before taking over as Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in 2003 and served four and half years till end November 2007. He took over as Founder Director for the newly established Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) at Trivandrum in 2007 and served for three and half years till Nov 2010. He was Member, Space Commission for four years. He served as Vikram Sarabhai Distinguished Professor for 5 years at ISRO HQ from 2011.
He is a fellow of several professional bodies like Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), Astronautical Society of India (ASI), Aeronautical Society Of India (AeSI) Indian Society of systems for Science and Engineering(ISSE) and International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) at Paris. He is also Fellow and past President for System Society of India (SSI).
In the international arena, he was Head of Indian delegation for the United Nations Committee for space on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space at Vienna, Austria during 2004-07. He was Chairman of the United Nations Scientific and Technical Committee for the year 2006. He was Vice-President for S&T Committee for International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), Paris and Chairman for the selection of members in S&T area for IAA for five years. He was also Chair Programme Committee, for the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in 2007.
He has delivered several guest lectures in prominent Institutions, national conferences and at several International Institutions. He has won several awards & honours and prominent among them are “Dr. Biren Roy Space Science design Award” from Aeronautical Society of India, “Agni Award” from DRDO for achieving the self-reliance, “ASI Award” for contribution to space technologies, by Astronautical Society of India. “Distinguished Alumni Award” from IIT Madras, “Outstanding Achievement Award” by Department of Space, Govt of India, “Lifetime Contribution Award” in engineering by Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), “National Systems Gold Medal” from System Society of India , “Aryabhata Award” the highest award by Astronautical Society, “Karnataka State Rajyotsava Award” for 2014 for Science & Technology, the top award from Government of Karnataka, and “Life time Achievement Award” from Karnataka State Science and Technology Academy in 2015 and "Sir M Visweswariah Science Award" by the Karnataka Branch of "Vijnana Bharathi" in 2016.
In recognition of his meritorious contributions for Science and Technology, Govt. of India conferred on him “Padmashree” in 2002 and “Padma Bhushan” in 2013.
Vice-Chairman, Karnataka State Higher Education Council, Government Institute of Printing Technology Building, Palace Road, Bengaluru
Shri S.V. Under Constructionnath belongs to Indian Administrative Service (Karnataka-75) cadre. He has worked as a Civil Servant in various capacities both in Government of India and Government of Karnataka. He was the Chairman, Indian Coffee Board, Resident Director, Indian Investment Centre, Abu Dhabi, Principal Secretary to various Chief Ministers of Karnataka, Additional Secretary and Financial Advisor in the Department of Space, Member (Finance) to the Space Commission, Atomic Energy Commission and Earth Commission. He retired in Oct. 2013 as Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka. Currently, he is Vice Chairman, Karnataka State Higher Education Council, Bengaluru.
International Athletic, No. 516, 16th E Cross, 17th A Main Koramangala, 6th Block, Bengaluru- 560094
Ms. Ashwini nachappa is an accomplished athlete and a film actress. She began her sports careen in 1975 and achieved many awards in sports.
1986 – THE SPORTSWRITERS AWARD (Best sportsman of the year)
1987 – THE DASARA AWARD (Karnataka State Award)
1990 - RAJYOTSAVA AWARD (KARNATAKA – Highest award of the State)
1990 - THE ARJUNA AWARD (India’s most coveted sports award)
1991 - SPORTSWRITERS AWARD (Best sportsperson)
1992 – THE SPIRIT OF EXCELLENCE AWARD by the Vice-President of India
1993 - THE SHIROMANI VIKAS AWARD
She acted in five (5) Telugu Movies, the first of which was ‘Ashwini’ – the first sports biopic in which the subject acted his/ her own part herself.
She was honored with The Fine Arts Award, Chennai (best new comer) Vamsee Awards, Govt of Andhra Pradesh (best new comer) in the film field.
She headed the PR & Publicity Department as well as the Sports department as the Sports Officer of the bank teams.
She was associated with the Special Olympic program for 12 years after she retired from competitive athletics, an organization providing year-round sports training in different sports disciplines to the Mentally challenged children and adults.
She was the Advisory board member of Parikrma Humanity Foundation since 2003 and also the President of ‘Clean Sports India’, a not-for-profit movement that was set up by former International Sportspersons of the Country in 2010 before the Commonwealth Games, to highlight the plight of Indian Sports System.
OTHER AREAS OF WORK/ AND ASSOCIATIONS
• Member of the Committee headed by Justice Mudgal to draft the National Sports Bill
• Governing council member of the Sports Authority of India
• President of Bangalore District Athletic Association as well as Vice President of the Karnataka Athletic Association
• Founder of Ashwini’s Sports Foundationwww.asfedge.org
• Managing Trustee of Karaumbiah’s Academy for Learning and Sportswww.kalschool.com
• Trustee of Bangalore Political Action Committee (BPAC) headed by MsKiranMazumdar Shaw. Established to promote good quality of life for all citizens of Bengaluru City. www.BPAC.com
Professor, IIM-Bengaluru, Dept. of QM & IS, Indian Institute of Management Bannerghatta Road, Bengaluru -560076
Dr. Pulak Ghosh is a Professor of Decision Sciences and Information Systems at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB).
His main research and teaching interest are in data analytics, Big data, Machine learning, Business Analytics, AI, Statistics, Economics, and public policy. Pulak has published over 50 research articles in internationally reputed journals. He is currently serving in the editorial board of the Journal of Royal Statistical Society and served in the editorial board of Journal of the American Statistical Association. Based on his outstanding and innovative contribution to research, the International Indian Statistical Association awarded him with the ``Young Scientist Award” in 2011. Govt of India awarded him the prestigious CR Rao award in 2015 and Econometric Society awarded him the Mahalanobis Award in 2016.
Prof. Ghosh also serves as a senior fellow at Niti Ayoog (Govt of India’s highest policy making body) and has been in the Advisory group of Big data at the United Nations (UN) Global Pulse, a big data initiative by UN. He also an academic fellow at the Center for Advanced Financial Research and Learning promoted by Reserve Bank of India. Recently, he has been named as one of the top 5 data scientist in the world (of Indian origin) by Techradar.
Academician , No. 6, RIEESH Layout, J C Nagar, Mahalakshmipuram, Bengaluru -560086
Presently serving as the Hon’ble Secretary of Bangalore North Education Society, Prof. K.E Radhakrishna, began his career as a teacher in English Literature at Sheshadripuram College, Bangalore, and he became the youngest professor in Collegiate Education and adored the Principal-ship of the college for 20 years and later worked as the Principal of Surana College, for seven years. He has the distinction of being one the longest standing Principals of the Degree Colleges in India. He is an Institution builder and Institution by himself.
Prof.K.E. Radhakrishna has held various key positions spread over the entire canvas of education and related fields during the last four decades, as the National President of Indian Colleges Forum, as the President of Federation of Principals Association of Karnataka and held almost all positions of importance in the Bangalore University as a member of Syndicate, Academic Council, Board of Studies, Chairman of Board of Examiners and expert Committees of University Grants Commission – New Delhi. He served as a member of the Syndicates of Bangalore, Mangalore, Bijapur Universities and the Karnataka State Sanskrit University.
Prof. Radhakrishna was a Member of the General Council of National Assessment and Accreditation Council and Member of the Academic Advisory Board, NAAC.
Prof. Radhakrishna, in various positions, has presented papers and lectured during his long and eventful career. Be it Science and Technology or Art and Literature, he is perfectly at ease talking about any subject. He has attended and presented papers in many International Conferences.
Involvement in Culture:
Prof. Radhakrishna is a keen promoter and lover of Art and Culture. Himself being a Yakshagana and theatre artist, he served Karnataka Sangeetha Nritya Academy as a member and he is associated with many cultural forums of Bangalore. He is the executive committee member of South Zone Cultural center – Tanjavore. His work Gopikonmada has been adopted as a Dance Ballet and into Yakshagana, and is translated into 7 Indian Languages.
He is also a well-known Poet, and Writer both in Kannada and English. He is a regular and Long standing columnist in Kannada continuously writing a Weekly column in Samyukta Karnataka for the last 6 years. He is an award-winning Tulu Writer, the 2nd one to write in Shivalli Tulu Dialect. Some of his publications are Kannakadu, Gopikonmada, Prabhuthva Khatana and many more award winning writings.
He has been awarded with Rajyotsava Award, a prestigious award honored by Government of Karnataka, Bhargava Prashasthi, & ‘Excellence in Education’ by Public Relations Society of India Karnataka, Sansa Award by State Nataka Academy ‘Kempegowda Prashasthi’ by The Bangalore City Corporation, Guru Raghavenra Sadbhavana Prashasthi, Gorakanatha Prashahsthi and many others. An Academic magazine Technoworld called him as “Untiring Academician” and DVG Prathishtana has awarded him with DVG Puraskar for his contribution to literature. The Public Relation Council of India has bestowed on him the National Chanikya Award for Education. He was awarded Sandesha Prashasiti as Best Teacher. His students honored him with the title ‘Loka Mitra’ on the occasion of his 60th Birthday. Prof. Radhakrishna has been awarded Honorary Doctorate by the Karnataka State Open University Mysore for his contribution to Literature and Education. He was awarded prestigious Vardhamana Prashasthi for his poetry – Kannakadu (2017).
Prof. Radharkrishna is one of the very well-known public figures of India.
Former Research Fellow, IIM-B, No. 120, 2nd Main, KUS Layout, (Next to National Law School of India University) Nagarabhavi 1st Stage Bengaluru -560072
Dr. KP.Basavarajappa, Former Research Fellow of IIM-Bangalore, he obtained Science Bachelor Degree, PG in Economics, Diploma in Management and PhD in E-Governance Initiatives in India.
Dr. Basavarajappa’s research interests are- Business Re-engineering, Process Re-engineering for Government system, E-Governance, Technology & Public Policy. During his tenure at IIM-B, he has been involved in several consulting and research assignments. Few worth mentioning assignments are- “Technology Priorities for India”, “Technology assessment study for ISRO”, “Patents, Technical Change Competition and Strategy”, “Application of Business Re-engineering model in public system: The recent works are-
• E-Governance Initiative in India: Empirical Study to Examine the Impact of Value Creation by Bhoomi-An On-Line Land Records Delivery System of Karnataka
• Public Value Creation through Private Partnership -A case of Bangalore–One and Nemmadi (Rural Kisok), one-stop shop.
• Designing a Sustainable Rural CSC: A PPP Pilot Project in cooperation with Government of Karnataka and IIM-B lead consortium, consortium comprises of Academia-Government-Industry.
• Study on Service Level Benchmarking for water supply: This study was for MoUD, Governamnet of India.
• Crop Inventory and Updation: A GPS-GIS Technology Approach
• Pilot project on Tele-Education Programme using SAME (Satellite & Advanced Multimedia Education) In 1000 Rural Government and Aided Schools in Karnataka. In cooperation with Government of Karnataka and IIM-B lead consortium, consortium comprises of Academia-Government-Industry.
• Curriculum to Career- Personalized learning & HOT (Higher Order Thinking) through e- Enabler: A blended Informative & Interactive Type of Pedagogy with an Offline/Online Model of Teaching-Learning for Rural Schools- An action research experiment.
• Health Care & Remote access- a case of telemedicine at PHC to validate Technology, Organization and Eco-System (this is based on action research experiment, study yet start)
He also published and presented papers in Journals and conferences. The publications as one of the authors:
• Fostering inclusive growth through e-Governance Embedded Rural Telecenters (EGERT) in India, Government Information Quarterly, Volume 29, Supplement 1, January 2012, Pages S82-S89”. This paper also won the best research award at 4th international Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance at Beijing, China.
• Making E-governance Center Finically Sustainable in Rural India. Proceedings of the seminar held at IDHEP, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, Electronic Government and Electronic Participation, Joint Proceedings of Ongoing Research and Projects of IFIP EGOV and ePart, pp.218-225.
• Using geospatial technology to strengthen data systems in developing countries: The case of agricultural statistics in India. Applied Geography, 43(2013), pp. 99-112
Paper is ready for Publication:
• Determinants of Citizen Satisfaction in an e-Gov implementation in a Developing Country: A study of Online Land Record Management in India.
Professor of Geography (Retd.), Karnataka University, Dharwad
Native of Walgeri of Hangal taluk. Has completed primary education in the rural schools. Graduated from Karnataka college with open merit scholarship. In 1966 obtained M.A (Geography) with first class from Karnataka University, Dharwad. Awarded UGC research scholarship. Appointed as a lecturer in Karnataka Science College in 1968 and was selected for the post of lecturer in Karnataka University in 1980 after obtaining Ph.D. Was promoted as reader in 1985 and was selected as professor in 1994. Was the chairman of the P.G. Dept during 1995-1997?
Taught Geography for thirty-two years to various courses that is Pre- university, Degree, Post graduate, M-Phil and IAS. Participated in designing courses as a member of Board of Studies at under graduate and post-graduate levels. Delivered lectures as resource person in Refresher courses conducted by various universities. Worked on UGC committee for NET. Worked as the member of Editorial Board for Geography of Karnataka University.
Examiner for several universities and was the member of Board of Appointment of some universities. Was the chief examiner for Karnataka Public Service Commission and examiner for Union Public Service Commission.
Was the member of Academic Council of Karnataka University and Syndicate member of Karnataka State Women’s University, Vijayapura. Worked as the president of Karnataka State Universities’ Teacher’s Federation, Bengaluru.
Areas of Research interest include Urban, Medical and Tourism Geography. Eleven persons obtained Ph.D. under my guidance while 5 persons were guided for M. Phil. Eleven research papers were published in reputed journals. Eleven projects were completed. Attended several National and International conferences and seminars and presented thirty-seven research papers. Many of these studies are related to different aspects of Urbanism, Tourism, Agriculture and Public Health in North Karnataka and Goa. Headed several technical sessions.
Life member of six professional bodies like National Association of Geographers (formerly member of EC), Institute of Indian Geographers, Bombay Geographical Association, Indian Science Congress, Regional Science Association, Land use Management Society of India, Hyderabad.
Professor & Chairman, (Biomedical Engineering), Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute Science, Bengaluru
A G Ramakrishnan is a Professor and currently, the Chairman of the department of Electrical Engineering in the Indian Institute of Science and Vice-President, Indian Unit for Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence. He is well-known for his research in speech and document processing. He is a pioneer in solving problems in Indian language technology having societal significance. He led a national research consortium on handwriting recognition in eight languages and was joint coordinator of consortium on document image understanding in twelve scripts.
Prof. Ramakrishnan has graduated 26 research students - doctoral and Masters. His ex-students are faculty members in IIT-Guwahati, IIT-Delhi, IIIT-Bangalore and Scientist-F in DRDO. A student received Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Award, 2015. He has 200 publications, 2700+ citations and 2 patents.
Blind students are using 600+ Braille and several audio books in Kannada and Tamil, converted from printed books using his OCR and TTS technology, which received the prestigious Manthan Award (South Asia & Asia Pacific) in the category of e-inclusion and accessibility in 2014 and in the e-education category in 2015. Madhura Vaachaka (Kannada TTS) and Thirukkural (MILE Tamil TTS) were adjudged second in the Blizzard TTS Challenges conducted by Univ. of Edinburgh and CMU in 2013 and 2014. The online handwriting recognition engines developed by him for Kannada and Tamil are available for download from the DeitY website for both Android and Windows operating systems. He received Jaya Jayant Award for Teaching Excellence in Engineering in 2016 from IISc.
Earlier, the research work he did on leprosy won him Sir Andrew Watt Kay Young Researcher's Prize from RCPS, Glasgow. He was a postdoc in Fetzer Institute, USA; Principal Research Scientist in HP Labs India; President, Biomedical Engineering Society of India. He is interested in research on the mechanisms of yoga and placebo.
Chairperson, Infosys Foundation, Infosys Tower, No. 27, JP Nagar, 3rd Phase, Bannerghatta Main Road, Bengaluru– 560076.
Born on August 19, 1950 at Shiggaon in the Haveri District of North Karnataka, Dr. Sudha Murty is a well-known social worker and a prolific writer.
After topping her state in the SSLC board examinations from the Girls’ English School, Hubli in 1966, Sudha Murty joined the BVB College of Engineering and Technology, Hubli. Studying engineering at a time when there were hardly any women students in the stream or women engineers in the industry was a challenge in itself. Not only did she take up the challenge, but she also secured the first rank among all the universities of engineering in Karnataka in 1972, and received many awards, including a gold medal from the Institute of Engineers and a silver medal from the then Chief Minister of Karnataka, Devaraj Urs.
Getting entry into an all-male industry proved to be yet another challenge. However, Sudha Murty passed this test with flying colors, and went on to work as the first woman engineer for the automobile operations of the Tatas (Telco, now Tata Motors) in Pune, Mumbai and Jamshedpur. JRD Tata himself arranged for a special interview for her after she wrote to him directly complaining of the gender bias in his company (Telco then had a men-only policy). Sudha Murty has also worked for the Walchand Group of Industries in Pune as a Senior Systems Analyst.
Even though she started her professional life as an engineer, she later took up teaching as a career, while devoting a significant chunk of her time to social work. She has been the head of the department of Computer Science at the Bangalore University College, and a Visiting Professor at the Post Graduate Center of a reputed college of Bangalore University. Her passion for social causes translated into the creation of the Infosys Foundation in 1996. Ever since its inception, Sudha Murty has headed the Infosys Foundation with her characteristic commitment and zeal.
The wide range of Sudha Murty’s social work covers the sectors of healthcare, education, empowerment of women, public hygiene, art and culture, and poverty alleviation at the grassroots level. Over the years, she has designed and anchored several programs for the construction of school buildings, public toilets, healthcare facilities and homes for orphan and destitute children. Under her guidance, the Foundation has disbursed scholarships to needy meritorious students; donated books to educational institutions and public libraries, trained teachers; conducted disaster relief operations; imparted technical education to the youth; set up self-employment centers for women; helped war widows and artistes fallen in hard times; and revived some of our most traditional yet endangered arts and crafts.
Some of the notable projects taken up by the Infosys Foundation under Sudha Murty’s active leadership are the leprosy rehabilitation camp at Gulbarga, air-conditioning of the entire burns ward at Victoria Hospital in Bangalore, relief work in the flood-hit districts of north Karnataka and drought-hit areas of Andhra Pradesh, and the building of veterinary hospitals in the rural and backward areas of Karnataka. She is building 10,000 public toilets in the rural areas of Karnataka and has already built several hundred toilets in the city of Bangalore. Her vision of a library for each school has resulted in the setting up of 50,000 libraries so far. Sudha Murty has facilitated the donation of over several thousand computers to rural schools in Karnataka as she firmly believes that computers are the tools for the future. Through Foundation she has built 2,300 houses in the flood affected areas. She has handled national natural disasters like tsunami in Tamil Nadu and Andaman, earthquake in Kutch - Gujarat, hurricane and floods in Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and drought in Karnataka and Maharashtra.
Sudha Murty is also a bestselling author, who writes in English and Kannada. Her published works include eight novels, five collections of short stories, four technical books, three travelogues, three children’s books and a book on self- experiences. Some of her most popular works include, “How I Taught My Grandmother to Read”, “Dollar Bahu”, “Mahashweta”, “Wise & Otherwise”, “Old Man and His God”, “Grandma’s Bag of Stories” and “Magic Drum & Other Favourite Stories”. Her most recent book has been, “The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk”, which is a collation of extraordinary stories about ordinary people’s lives. Her books have been translated into 16 Indian languages. Sudha Murty’s books have sold over a million copies overall and 5,00,000 in the English language alone. Her books have been accepted by young and older audiences alike and has a huge fan following.
Sudha Murty’s philanthropy and literary achievements have won her recognition at the state, national and international levels. She has been honored with the Padma Shri by the government of India in 2006, the Rajyaprashasti award by the Karnataka government in 2000, and seven honorary doctorates from the SNDT Women’s University, Bombay and the universities of Karnataka, Gulbarga, Chennai, Tirupati, Tumkur, and Kolhapur. The University of California, Berkeley gave her the International and Area Studies Global Leaders Award, while the Book Sellers & Publishers Association of South India, Chennai, recognized her contribution to literature with the R.K. Narayan Award. The Government of Karnataka awarded her the highest literary award the ‘Attimabbe Award’ –for her literary work for the year 2011-12. She was awarded the Doctorate of Literature from Tumkur University in 2012 for her thesis on “Functional Strategies and Best Practices of Infosys Foundation”.
Executive Director, Nandi Highway Developers Limited, Bengaluru.
He Mr. Shivkumar Kheny is a B E Mechanical Engineer studied at R V College of Engineering, Bangalore.
He is the promoter and Executive Director of Nandi Highway Developers Limited (NHDL) which operates 30 KM Toll Road connecting the twin cities of Hubli and Dharwad in North Karnataka built on BOT basis.
He is involved in the Business of Steel and Infrastructure development in Karnataka and I have devoted my entire career in the growth and development of business and Industries and also Director of Kalyani Steels Ltd., which operates a manufacturing facility producing Steel and Allied products at Koppal Dist. Karnataka. This is part of US$ Two Billion Kalyani Group of Industries.
He is a Director of Hikal Limited., which is engaged in R&D, manufacturing and marketing of fine chemicals for the Pharmaceutical and Agrochemical industries. The Company has manufacturing units at Jigini Industrial area at Bangalore Karnataka and at Mahad in Maharashtra. He was appointed as Governing Council Member of Indian Institute of Management (I I M), Lucknow, from 1997 -2002 by the Govt. of India, Ministry of Human Resources Department.
He was appointed as Director on the Board of Mysore Sales International Limited., (MSIL) Government of Karnataka undertaking for the period of Two years. He has been nominated as Government Steward for the Managing Committee of Bangalore Turf Club limited•, Bangalore for the period of Two years.
Additional Chief Secretary to Government Finance Department, GoK, Room No. 254, 2nd Floor, Vidhana Soudha, Bengaluru-560001.
Education Department (Primary and Secondary Education), GoK, 6th Floor, 2nd Stage, M.S. Building, Bengaluru-560001.
Education Department (Higher Education), GoK, 6th Floor, 2nd Stage, M.S. Building, Bengaluru-560001.
Health and Family Welfare Department, GoK, Room No. 105, 1st Floor, Vikasa Soudha,Bengaluru-560001.
Information Technology, Bio Technology and Science & Technology, GoK, 6th Floor, 5th Stage, M.S. Building, Bengaluru-560001.