Distinguished Alumnus Award

  • Vasant Babaji Gangavane

    Vasant Babaji Gangavane, the PGDM Batch 3 Gold Medallist of IIM Calcutta, hails from a tribal community in the erstwhile Ratnagiri district from the coastal Konkan region of Maharashtra. His father was a first generation farmer and he was the first graduate engineer from the community. He graduated from IIT Bombay and was a Fellow of the Management and Behavioural Science Centre of Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

    After returning from U. S. A. in 1972, Mr. Gangavane dedicated his life to Tribal Upliftment and Rural Development. He was awarded a Fellowship of Ashoka International for his work.

    Mr. Gangavane is the President of Gokul Prakalp Pratishthan which contributes to rural development. As a member of the Steering Committee (Agri) for drafting 8th five year plan, he was instrumental in evolving National Watershed Development Programme. The work and experience of NGO’s demonstrated that watershed based participatory village planning with women empowerment and appropriate use of modern technology could solve employment problem in many villages. The Indian Initiative for the International Year of the Family convened by him advocated this twin strategy for which he travelled length and breadth of the country consulting NGOs all over and sent a resolution to the General Assembly of UN on behalf of more than 3500 voluntary agencies.

    Mr. Gangavane has guided over four thousand Agro-Entrepreneurs in India for ten years and obtained relief for them through the Supreme Court of India. The voluntary agency “Gokul Prakalpa Pratishthan” promoted by him for Agriculture, Eco-Development and Water Conservation has been awarded the prestigious “Vasantrao Naik Puraskar” in 1992, the “Indira Priyadarshini Vrikshamitra” award of Government of India in 1995, and Government of Maharashtra’s “Krishi Bhushan” award in 1996 among many other honours. The residential school which he had started for Nomadic Tribe children transformed the community. He is also the State Expert for implementation of Fourteenth Finance Commission recommendations for Panchayat Raj.

    Vasant Babaji Gangavane receiving his award

  • R Ramaraj

    Dr. Ramaraj, a PGDM Batch 8 alumnus of IIM Calcutta, had done his B. Tech in Chemical Engineering from the University of Madras, and Ph. D. from SRM University. He is a serial entrepreneur who has been involved in ventures in IT, Cellular, and Internet industries. He was associated with Computer Point, India’s first multi-product retail outlet for personal computers and peripherals, and later co-founded Microland, India’s first networking company. He was the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sify which, under his stewardship, became the first Indian Internet company to list on NASDAQ National Market in the US. He later served as a Senior Advisor at Sequoia Capital, and is currently in a similar position at Elevar Equity. His early career included stints at Jagatjit Industries, Berger Paints, and Johnson & Johnson.

    Ramaraj is on the board of Olympic Gold Quest, a Not for Profit organization, committed to bridging the gap between the best athletes in India and the best athletes in the world. He is the co-founder and Director of Coaching Foundation of India, an organization that trains and certifies CEO Coaches. He is also the Chairman of Villgro Foundation, an Incubator for social enterprises, and a Director of the IIM Calcutta Innovation Park. He is the Chairman of the Investment Committee at the IIT Madras Incubation Centre.

    Ramaraj is the first Indian to be invited to join the Board of Directors of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) where he served as an Independent Director for six years. He was a member of the Global Board of Trustees of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs). He was a Member of the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta from 2010 to 2015.

    He was recognized as the ‘Evangelist of the Year’ at the India Internet World Convention in September 2000 and was also voted the IT Person of the year in 2000 and in 2001 in a CNET.com poll in India. In 2010, The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) recognized him with a Life Time Achievement Award for nurturing the Spirit of Entrepreneurship and inspiring and mentoring numerous entrepreneurs.

    R Ramaraj receiving his award

  • Paul Shrivastava

    Dr. Paul Shrivastava, an 11th batch alumnus of IIM Calcutta, is the Executive Director of Future Earth, a global research platform for environmental change and transformation to sustainability. He believes climate change is the central problem facing human kind. His organization coordinates a network of 50,000 scientists studying food-water-energy nexus, oceans, environment and health, urbanization, natural assets, and other challenges to sustainability. He combines scientific analysis of sustainability with arts and emotional understanding through leading the International Research Chair on Art and Sustainable Enterprise, at the ICN Business School, Nancy, France. He served as advisor on sustainability to Indian Institute of Management-Shillong, and on the Board of Trustees of DeSales University, Allentown, Pennsylvania.

    Paul served as the David O’Brien Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Montreal. He was tenured Associate Professor at New York University and served as the Howard I.Scott Chair in Management at Bucknell University. A mechanical engineer from Maulana Azad NIT, Paul was awarded PGDM from IIM Calcutta, and Ph. D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He has published 18 books and over 100 articles in refereed scholarly and professional journals. He won a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to study Japanese management practices at Kyoto University.

    Paul launched several entrepreneurial ventures. He was part of the management team that launched Hindustan Computer Ltd., which today is one of India’s largest computer companies. He founded the non-profit Industrial Crisis Institute, Inc. in New York, to mediate the industrial crisis between Union Carbide Corporation and the Government of India, and published the Industrial Crisis Quarterly. He founded Organization and Environment, a journal published by Sage Publications. He was the founder President and CEO of eSocrates, Inc., a knowledge management and online education company based in Allentown, PA.

    A certified Triathlon Coach in USA, Paul runs triathlons, co-organized the Steelman Triathlon, and is an avid fan of Argentine Tango.

    Paul Shrivastava receiving his award

  • Vaidyanathan Shankar

    V Shankar, an alumnus of the 18th batch PGDM of IIM Calcutta and an engineering graduate from IIT Madras, founded the Computer Age Management Services Pvt. Ltd. (CAMS).

    After working in a FMCG company for a few years Shankar switched to Entrepreneurship in 1987. He left a corporate career for his first start-up in the area of Computer Education. This had started as a promising venture that soon became a leader in the South.

    Shankar’s next startup was in IT industry. As Y2K approached, the prospects for computer software shifted to the overseas market, and by the year 2000 there was almost no credible IT Services company serving the domestic market. That is when Shankar decided that the domestic financial services marketplace was to be his focus, and the area of operation was to be in managed services, not just IT services.

    The Indian Financial Services marketplace was transforming in that period, and Shankar founded CAMS to provide Fintech services. CAMS is a technology based financial infrastructure provider for Mutual Funds, VCFs, Insurance Companies and is considered to be a valuable private addition to the capital market infrastructure. In 2000 the HDFC Group invested into CAMS, facilitating growth in its chosen businesses. In 2014 India’s premier Exchange, the NSE, took a significant position in the Company. Serving as a SEBI regulated entity, CAMS brings highest standards of governance and oversight to its operations, servicing more than five crore investor accounts with assets in excess of INR 9 trillion.

    After professionalizing CAMS, Shankar focused on Angel Investing, his second passion. As a member of The Chennai Angels and the TiE, he participates in the process of Angel Investing, which includes mentoring and support to budding entrepreneurs.

    A voracious reader, Shankar is interested in travel, music, and charitable activities. He has made significant financial contributions to charities for the old, health initiatives for the disadvantaged, and education for the underprivileged.

    Vaidyanathan Shankar receiving his award

  • T. V. Narendran

    Mr. T. V. Narendran, a PGDM alumnus of 23rd Batch of IIM Calcutta, is the Managing Director of Tata Steel, India & South-East Asia. He is a Mechanical Engineer from REC (now NIT), Trichy and a Chevening Scholar. He joined Tata Steel after completing his studies at IIM Calcutta in 1988. Mr. Narendran’s career in Tata Steel spanned over many areas in India & Overseas in multiple roles including Marketing & Sales, International Trade, Supply Chain & Planning, Operations & General Management with stints in Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Dubai, and Singapore. He was actively involved in Tata Steel’s first overseas acquisition, NatSteel, and was seconded there as an Executive Vice President in 2005. He took over as the President & CEO of NatSteel from January 2008.

    Mr. Narendran was the Vice President – Safety, Flat Products & Long Products Divisions of Tata Steel from 2010 until his new role as MD of Tata Steel effective 1st November, 2013.

    Mr. Narendran is currently on the Boards of Tata Steel Limited and Tata Steel Europe. He is the Chairman of Tata Steel Thailand & NatSteel and the Chairman of the Board of Governors of XLRI, and a member of the Board of CEDEP in France. Mr. Narendran is also the President of Institute for Steel Development & Growth (INSDAG), Chairman of Indian Iron and Steel Sector Skill Council (IISSSC), and a member of Board of Trustee of Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust (BYST). He is a member of the Board of the World Steel Association and the Chairman of the Economics Committee of the World Steel Association. He is the co-chair of the Mining & Metals Governors Council of the World Economic Forum.

    Mr. Narendran is an active member of the National Council of CII and is the Chairman, Eastern Region for the CII. He is also a member from Indian side in BRICS Business Council, Co-Chair of the India Myanmar Joint Trade & Investment Forum, and a member of the Indo-French CEO council.

    T. V. Narendran receiving his award

  • Ashishkumar Manilal Chauhan

    A PGDM alumnus of Batch 26 of IIM Calcutta and a Mechanical Engineer from IIT Bombay, Ashish is presently the MD &CEO of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), the first stock exchange of Asia and one of the largest stock exchanges in the world in terms of number of stocks listed. He is one of the founders of India’s National Stock Exchange (NSE). He is best known as the father of modern financial derivatives in India due to his work at NSE. He was instrumental in setting up India’s first fully automated screen-based trading system and also the first commercial satellite communications network. The path-breaking frameworks including Nifty index and NSE certifications in financial markets are his creations. Ashish had earlier worked as the President and CIO of Reliance group and was also the CEO of the Mumbai Indians cricket team in its formative years.

    Ashish has won several national and international awards including CEO of the Year, Diamond Sabre Awards 2015, Hong Kong; Indian Business Leader of the Year, Horasis Interlaken, Switzerland 2015; RH Patil Award for Excellence in Financial Services, June 2015; Distinguished Alumnus Award, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, 2014; Best CEO in the Financial Markets in the Asia Pacific, Asian Banker, 2014; Zee Business Awards - Special Contribution in Commodities and Capital Market, 2013, and was in TOP 50 CIOs, Information Week, US, 2009.

    Ashish is the Chairperson on the Board of Governors (BoG) of NIT Manipur. He serves several committees including Advisory Committee of Ministry of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME), World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), Government of India (GOI), Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), and UK India Business Council (UKIBC) to name a few. He is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. His quotes and writings have been published in various newspapers, magazines, and journals in India and abroad.

    Ashishkumar Manilal Chauhan receiving his award