Late. Padma Bhushan Dr. B.V. Raju,the founder chairman of Dr. B.V. Raju Foundation and Dr. B.V. Raju Institute and Technologies, is a prodigy of industrial discipline, unusual perception, scholarship, workmanship and creativity. He is a man of vision, inspiration, confidence, diligence and above all humanity.
Dr. B.V. Raju had a normal childhood like any other child of his age, with joys and sorrows in equal share.
He grew up to be a man who accepted his success humbly and learnt from his failures. Though he started his career as a low grade employee in the cement industry, his sincerity and hard work elevated him to the position of Managing Director and Chairman of Cement Corporation of India. Within a span of six decades, he established a number of factories under the Raasi Group of Industries, which included Sri Vishnu Cements Ltd., Raasi Refractories Ltd., Raasi Ceramics Ltd., and Raasi Finance and Investments Ltd., His achievements in the field won him the Padma Bhushan, one of the most prestigious awards by the Govt. of India. He was also awarded Honorary Doctorate by JNTU, Hyderabad.
Being an earnest scholarly man, he knew the value of education and so he diverted his focus from industrial field to the vast field of education to set up a series of colleges under Dr. B.V. Raju Foundation and Sri Vishnu Educational Society.
Two campuses have been established, one at Narsapur in Medak Dist., where an Engineering college has been set up under the name of Dr. B.V. Raju Institute of Technology, and the other campus at Bhimavaram town which includes, Smt. B.Seetha Polytechnic, Shri Vishnu College of Pharmacy, Padma Bhushan Dr. B.V. Raju Institute of Computer Education, Sri Vishnu Engineering College for Women, Vishnu Dental College and Vishnu Public School. There is also a proposal to establish a Medical College. These institutes work to inculcate a sense of value in the minds of students and to equip them to serve the society as well. The University and State ranks achieved by the students are themselves a mark of academic excellence and quality education provided in these colleges by qualified, experienced and dedicated staff.
Throughout his life, both as an industrialist and an educationalist, Late. Padma Bhushan Dr. B.V. Raju continued to devote himself to the service of the people. He always kept his doors open to the poor and the needy and participated actively in welfare programmes for improving the socio-economic conditions of the society. His services for the welfare of the people are innumerable and invaluable.
Late. Padma Bhushan Dr. B.V. Raju lived an exemplary life. It teaches us that the well-to-do have a responsibility towards the less fortunate. Though we may not be in a position to help everybody, we can at least start by helping a few, because it is the motto of service in us that is important. His message is simple and straight.
He began his career as a Chemical Engineer in M/s. E.T. Dupont De Nemours, USA, from 1989 to 1991, where he looked after research and development in polymers, ceramics and adhesives. He returned to India in 1992 and served as the Executive Director of M/s. Raasi Cement Ltd., Hyderabad till 1995. The following year, he was promoted as Joint Managing Director of M/s. Raasi Cement Ltd., a post that he held till April 1998. In December 1999, he took over as the Managing Director of M/s. Anjani Portland Cement Ltd., Hyderabad.
Sri. K.V. Vishnu Raju is the grandson of the Founder Chairman, Late. Padma Bhushan Dr. B.V. Raju and is his ardent follower and admirer. With the demise of the Founder Chairman, he succeeded Dr. B.V. Raju as the Chairman of Dr. B.V. Raju Foundation and Sri Vishnu Educational Society in June 2002. Sri Vishnu Raju was born on 31st January, 1964. At the age of four, he went to the United Kingdom, where his father was working as a doctor. He had his primary schooling in England. When he was six, he returned to India to be brought up by his grandparents. He continued his schooling at Ooty and then at New Delhi. He studied Class X in Little Flower School, Hyderabad and Intermediate in Little Flower Jr. College, Hyderabad. He completed his graduation in Chemical Engineering at REC, Trichy and his Post Graduation at Michigan Tech University, U.S.A. He is now the Chairman and Managing Director of Anjani Portland Cement Ltd, Chairman of Raasi Enterprises, Director of Vennar Ceramics Ltd., Sai Aditya Foods & Retail Pvt. Ltd. and Anjani Projects & Constructions Ltd. He was greatly influenced by his grandfather from whom he had imbibed the qualities of simplicity, hard work, will power, patience and kindliness.
After the passing away of Dr. B.V. Raju, the twin responsibilities of running the college and the industries devolved on Sri Vishnu Raju’s young shoulders. But his tenure as a veritable understudy to the Founder Chairman had helped him hone his administrative skills and acumen. He had also inherited the dynamism, diligence, stamina and the perseverance of his grandfather. He believes that it is inactivity and not activity that wears down the body and spirit. While Sri. K.V. Vishnu Raju is the personification of equanimity and affability, he is a tough taskmaster expecting everyone to perform to his or her potential. Again, while he is large-hearted, always willing to invest whatever it takes for the holistic development of students, especially the economically backward, he discourages wasteful expenditure.
Sri. K.V. Vishnu Raju carries the torch of vision of his grand father. Presently, he is working incessantly and tirelessly towards the starting of a medical college, the up-gradation of all the present colleges and the setting up of research parks to encourage innovation and out-of-the-box thinking.
Vice Chairman of Sri Vishnu Educational Society, is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli, and a postgraduate in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. Ravichandran started his professional career with the Swiss multinational company Novartis, India where he served in various capacities including Business Development, New Product and Application development, and Vendor Development.
He comes with a global exposure. Having done his Industrial Engineering at Pennsylvania State University, USA his understanding of engineering education in large universities, use of digital content, technology and pedagogy are some of the best practices he brings to the table. He has a rich work experience at Office Depot as Supply Chain Manager before he returned to India to take on responsibilities in the family business with interests in manufacturing, retail and education.
Sri Dr. Srinivasan Sundarrajan was Director of National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, a prestigious Institute rated consistently among top ten institutions in India. He was actively engaged in transforming this Institute to the future requirements through strategies and initiatives, adopting disruptive technology route. He was leading the team incorporating changes in academic curriculum, delivery and evaluation techniques, and setting up Centres of Excellence with industry oriented research in interdisciplinary areas. He networked Research and Development Laboratories in CSIR, DRDO and ISRO and multiple industries and International Universities towards this objective.
Dr.Sundarrajan completed Mechanical Engineering from Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai, and did his post graduation and doctorate degrees at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, in Industrial Metallurgy. He also has a PG certificate from Indian Statistical Institute He had his initial training at Ashok Leyland, Chennai, Mukand Iron and Steel, Mumbai and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Koraput. He edited two Engineering Handbooks and published over eighty technical papers. Nine researchers have completed doctorates under his guidance.As an INAE (Indian National Academy of Engineering) – AICTE Distinguished Professor, Dr.Sundarrajan made significant contribution for curriculum development integrating emerging areas of technology.
Prior to joining NIT in 2011, Dr.Sundarrajan was with Missile Programme of Defence Research and Development Organization for over thirty years and received mentoring by Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam.Dr.Sundarrajan’s contribution for development and production of prestigious missile systems Prithvi, Agni, Akash and Brahmos, spans over three decades.He was leading BRAHMOS programme team and completed a massive indigenisation project that has enabled cost reduction and schedule compression.He has also designed and developed over 1,000 products and processes for aerospace systems,and has an impressive background in academic inter-disciplinary research, institute-industry interaction, and technology development and transfer.He saw through the formation of foundry clusters and modernised industries in SME sector into quality export-oriented units in Andhra Pradesh.Dr. Sundarrajan networked over 400 industries and 40 academic institutions for R&D leading to quality products and positioned them in National Supply Chain Grid.As member of TIFAC (Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council) national team, he was instrumental in making 2020 vision documents in the area of materials.More than 30 of his research projects are being executed by academic institutions and industry.His project on Energy Audit and Conservation through shop-floor oriented R&D has been appreciated by international agencies working on Energy.
The recognition’s he won include UNESCO Fellowship (1988),Best Metallurgist of the Year Award from the Govt. of India (1992), Vishwa Bharathi Award for Professional Excellence (1999), Performing Team Award (2004), and Best JV Management Award (2008). Madras Management Association awarded Professional Excellence Award (2013) in the category of Best Managed Education Institution.