For IIM candidates
Mr. R. Gopalakrishnan, Executive Director,
Tata Sons Ltd
Mr. R. Gopalakrishnan is executive director of Tata Sons, Chairman of Rallis India and Vice-Chairman of Tata Chemicals. He is a director of several Tata Group companies such as Tata Motors, Tata Power and Tata Internet Services. He also serves on the board of two non-Tata companies, ICI and Castrol India.
Mr Gopalakrishnan joined Hindustan Lever (HLL) as a management trainee in 1967. In 1987, he joined HLL's management committee as executive director of exports. In 1991, he was appointed Chairman of Unilever Arabia, based in Jeddah, to establish and manage Unilever's consumer products business in Arab countries. On his return to India in 1995, he was appointed managing director of Brooke Bond Lipton. After the company's merger with HLL, he was designated vice Chairman of Hindustan Lever. After 31 years with HLL, Mr Gopalakrishnan joined Tata Sons in August, 1998.
A graduate in physics from Calcutta University, Mr Gopalakrishnan also has a
degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
Mr. Arun Maira, Chairman, The Boston
Consulting Group India Pvt. Ltd.
Arun Maira is presently the Chairman of BCG India. Prior to joining BCG, he worked with Arthur D Little (ADL) in the US for ten years where he has held several positions. These include Leader of ADL's Global Organisation Practice, Managing Director of Innovation Associates - an ADL subsidiary, Leader of ADL's North American Manufacturing Management Practice and Member of ADL's Senior Management Team.
Before ADL, Arun worked with the Tata Group in India for twenty-five years where
he was Managing Director of Tatab Industries in Malaysia from 1977-79, Member
of the Board of Telco from 1981-89, Resident Director in Pune from 1981-86 and
Executive Director in the Corporate Office from 1987-89. During this time he
led the turnaround of Tata Industries as well as Telco's very successful entry
into light commercial vehicles.
In the past, he has served as Chairman of CII's (Confederation of Indian
Industry) National Export Committee. He has also served on CII's National
Arun received his M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Physics from St Stephen's College, Delhi
Mr. Dilip Padgaonkar, Executive Managing
Editor, Times of India and Chairman, Asia Pacific Communication Associates Pvt.
Mr. Pradip Baijal, Chairman, Telecom
Regulatory Authority of India
Mr. Pradip Baijal obtained B.E. (Honours), Mechanical Engineering, I.I.T,
Roorkee. He spent one year visiting fellowship in Oxford University. He is a
1966 IAS officer of the MP cadre, directly dealt with a variety of key issues
impacting the telecom industry in India, as the Chairman of Telecom Regulatory
Authority of India (TRAI).
Prior to his assignment in TRAI, Baijal was secretary in the divestment
ministry from 1999-2003, during which he laid down a host of rules and
regulations shaping the route for privatisation of the power sector.
Before his posting in central service, he held key positions in the Madhya
Pradesh government as well, including industry secretary and finance secretary.
For IIT candidates
Prof. Rajaram Nityananda, Director, National
Centre for Radio Astrophysics
Prof. Arvind Kumar, Director, Homi Bhabha
Centre for Science Education, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Prof. Arvind Kumar did Ph.D. in theoretical physics in 1969 at the Tata
Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai. He has been a Visiting
Scientist at the European Centre for Nuclear Research, Geneva (1969-70) and at
the University of London (1970-71). He taught for nearly 12 years at the
University Department of Physics, Mumbai. In 1984 he joined the Homi Bhabha
Centre for Science Education, a National Centre of TIFR devoted to R & D
work in science and mathematics education. He was appointed the Director of the
Centre in 1994.
He played a central role in launching the science Olympiad movement in the
country in 1997 and is currently Chairman of the Steering Committees for
science and astronomy Olympiads. Under his leadership, HBCSE has become the
nodal Centre of the country for olympiad activity in physics, chemistry,
biology, mathematics and astronomy. His efforts led the Centre to organize the
33rd International Chemistry Olympiad hosted by India in July 2001.
Prof. Arvind Kumar has been a member of the Programme Advisory Board of the
NCERT, Steering Committee on Secondary education of the Planning Commission for
the IX and X Plans, Academic Advisory Committee of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan
and the National Council of Teacher Education.
He is on the Governing Council of the Atomic Energy Education Society and is
Chairman, Planning and Programming Committee of Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai.
Mr. Kiran Karnik, President, NASSCOM
Kiran Karnik, took up the position of President NASSCOM in September 2001. As
the chief executive of the apex body representing India's IT software and
service industry, he works very closely with the industry, the Indian Central
& State governments to formulate policies and strategies for the
advancement of this sector locally as well as internationally.
Prior to joining NASSCOM, Mr. Karnik was the Managing Director at Discovery
Networks in India from 1995 - 2001. He spearheaded the launch of Discovery
Channel in South Asia in August 1995 and Animal Planet (a Discovery - BBC joint
venture) in 1999. Earlier, Mr. Karnik worked for over 20 years in the Indian
Space Research Organization (ISRO). He held various positions related to the
conception, planning and implementation of applications of space technology,
focusing especially on the use of communications for development. He was deeply
involved in the conception and, for many years, overseeing the Kheda
Communications Project. This pioneering effort won wide national and
international acclaim, including the first UNESCO-IPDC Prize for rural
Communication. Karnik was a key member of the management team for the India -
USA Satellite Instructional TV Experiment (SITE), the first every large scale
use of satellite direct broadcasting (1975-76), which took education and
development to remote parts of rural India. In 1998, Mr. Karnik was awarded the
Frank Malina medal for Space Education by the International Astronautical
Federation. From 1983 to 1991, Mr. Karnik held the position as Director of the
Development and Educational Communicational Unit.
Mr. Karnik has worked briefly with the United Nations in New York and Vienna,
serving as Special Assistant to the Secretary-General of UNISPACE 82. He has
done an extended consulting assignment for UNESCO in Afghanistan, and has also
been a consultant for WHO, The World Bank, UN Institute for Disarmament
Research and Ford Foundation. He has been involved with many committees of the
government, including the Prasar Bharati Review Committee.
He has authored and edited a large number of publications, and lectures
occasionally at major national institutes. His educational background includes
an Honours degree in Physics from Bombay University, followed by
post-graduation from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.