Dr. K.K. Birla
Our late Chairman, Dr. Krishna Kumar Birla belonged to one of the most illustrious families that have contributed towards the growth of modern India. With visionary zeal, Dr. Birla created a diversified Group of companies and built it into one of the most respected business conglomerates in India. The Group covers a wide canvas with interest in fertilisers, media, textiles, sugar, shipping, engineering, engineering services, financial services, furniture, information technology, chemicals and the infrastructure sectors.
Dr. Birla was a Hindi Prabhakar (Honours in Hindi) and D.Litt (Honoris Causa) and had published a significant collection of his works. Writing was a passion that Dr. Birla pursued till the end.
Dr. Birla was a Member of Parliament for eighteen years (1984-2002). Having been thrice nominated to the Rajya Sabha, he left his mark as an eminent Parliamentarian.
Dr. Birla was the founder of the KK Birla Foundation. The Foundation has done commendable work in the field of literature, scientific research, Indian philosophy, art, culture and sports. Dr. Birla was a philanthropist and donated generously towards relief and rehabilitation of afflicted communities. As the Chairman of Birla Education Trust, a position he held till 2006, Dr. Birla contributed enormously towards the cause of education in India.
Dr. Birla was the Chancellor of Birla Institute of Technology and Science-Pilani (BITS) which owing to his far-sightedness has now expanded to three other campuses at Dubai, Goa and Hyderabad.
Dr. Birla served as the head on the management boards of a number of business chambers and trade bodies. He was a patron and a past President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). During his lifetime, Dr. Birla held many important positions in a number of education institutions and sports federations. A keen bridge afficionado, Dr. Birla was the president of the Bridge Federation of India and also the Lawn Tennis Association.