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Modernites Excellence Awardees

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    Late Justice Prakash Narain (Posthumously)

    Late Justice Prakash Narain was born on 6 th of August, 1923 and joined the Modern School in 1928, which was the second batch of the school.He passed out from Modern School in 1938 and joined the prestigious St. Stephen College, Delhi. Thereafter, he went on to enroll in the Law College, University of Allahabad.

    Justice Narain’s journey in the legal profession began by enrolling as Pleader in Lahore High court on 23 rd May,1945 and as an Advocate of the Punjab High Court on 15 th March.1948. He worked as Assistant Government Pleader, Delhi and Additional Standing Counsel from 1956 to 1958; Standing Government Counsel, Delhi from 1958 to 1963:Additional Central Government Counsel, Punjab High Court from 1963 to 1967 and Central Government Counsel, Delhi High Court from 1967 to 1969. He was appointed Chief Justice of Delhi High court on 08 th January, 1981 and diligently performed his duties till he attained the age of superannuation on 06 th August.1985.

     

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    Mr. Gopalkrishna Gandhi, IAS (Retd.)

    Mr. Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Class of 1961 of Modern School graduated with a master's degree in English literature from St. Stephen's College of Delhi University. Thereafter, he joined IAS as an officer in 1968 and served in Tamil Nadu state till 1985. He remained Secretary to Vice-President of India from1985 to 1987, Joint Secretary to President of India from 1987 to 1992 and also served as Secretary to President of India from 1997 to 2000.He is now a Professor of History and Politics and teach at Ashoka University.

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    Maj. Gen. Ajay Sood

    Major General (Retd.) Ajay Sood, VSM class of 1961 of Modern School after clearing the Higher Secondary Board Examination in 1961 joined St Stephen’ College, Delhi. However, rather than pursuing an academic career, he chose to join the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla. On completion of four years of rigorous training he was commissioned into Skinners Horse, one of the oldest Cavalry Regiment. Later in service, he was honoured with the appointment of Colonel of Skinner’s Horse.

    One of the most challenging staff tenure was the posting to the Military Operations Directorate at Army Headquarters during the Sri Lankan Operations and other operations undertaken by the Indian Army during the period 1986 to 1989. He made a significant contribution in planning and coordinating the operations of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka.

    For his distinguished service of exceptional order you were awarded “Vishisth Sena Medal” by the President of India.

    Finally, after 38 years of distinguished service in the Army, you retired as Additional Director General Mechanised Forces in 2003.

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    Mr. Aman Nath

    Mr. Aman Nath, Class of 1968 of Modern School is a historian by education, but also a poet, adventurer, restorer, hotelier,designer, author and philanthropist. At the age of 14, He represented Modern School and stood first among 88 countries in the Shankar’s International Art Competition. At 17, He stood 3 rd in the All India Board Examinations. At St. Stephens’ he won the prestigious Annual Literary Award thrice.

    He is the youngest founder member of INTACH and has been actively involved in the restoration of India’s lesser-known architectural ruins, and are the Co-founder and Chairman of the renowned Neemrana Hotels. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India in 2013. He has also received Lifetime Achievement Awards from Murshidabad, Outlook Traveller, Conde Nast and very recently from Anandpur Sahib.

    In 2017, he was appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur (Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honour) by the President of the French Republic.He has written and contributed to 16 large-format illustrated books , two of which have won national awards.

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    Prof. Anita Rampal

    Professor Anita Rampal,passed out from Modern School in 1970 and figured among the toppers of the 1970 Board Examinations. She was awarded several prizes that year, and also the National Science Talent Fellowship for higher education, until her Ph.D in Theoretical Particle Physics from Delhi
    University. Thereafter, she was also awarded the Department of Atomic Energy Junior and Senior Fellowships and a Post-doctoral Research Associateship. From the mid seventies she was associated with the Hoshangabad Science Teaching Programme for rural schools in Madhya Pradesh, while she continued her interests in Odissi and classical music.

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    Mr. Sanjay Mitra IAS

    Mr. Sanjay Mitra, Class of 1975, got his M.Sc degree from St. Stephen’s College in 1980. He went on to become an IAS Officer from the West Bengal Cadre. He spent several years in various parts of West Bengal, serving at key positions such as, District Magistrate, CEO – Kolkata New Town Project,Chairman – West Bengal Electricity Board and Secretary (Health), Government of West Bengal. In 2012, He was appointed Chief Secretary to the Government of West Bengal. In 2016, He became the Union Secretary for Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and currently serving at the prestigious post of Defence Secretary of India.

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    Dr. Sanjay Sachdeva

    Dr. Sanjay Sachdeva, Class of 1975 of Modern School passed out from school with distinction in all subjects. He went on to graduate from Maulana Azad Medical College and trained further at LNJP Hospital and GB Pant Hospital. He became a trained specialist in Cochlear Implant Programme at Nucleus Cochlear Institution in Australia and Germany. He also trained in Endoscopic Laser Surgery at Tyrome Country Hospital, UK. He worked with renowned institutions like Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi and went on to become Director (ENT) at Fortis Healthcare. In 2010, he took over as Director (ENT) at Max Healthcare.

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    Mr. Gaurav Ghei

    Gaurav Ghei, Class of 1986 of Modern School started playing golf at a very early age and won the National Junior title in 1986. As an amateur, he won the East India Amateur, West India Amateur and North India Amateur. After mastering the game, he became a professional in 1991. He then clinched the Gadgil Western Masters, one of the four majors on the Asian PG tour and thus emerged as a Golf Star of India.

    He has many other prestigious awards to his credit, some of which are DSJA (Sports Journalist) Award for the best young sportsman in 1984, APPLE Trophy Asian Tour in 1995, Johnnie Walker Award- Asian PGA Tour in 1997, Mahindra Player of the Year – Number 1 Rank Indian Tour in 1997 and Life Time Achievement Award for PGA of India in 2005. The list is endless !

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    Ms. Sunita Narain

    Batch 0f 1980, was Director General of the Centre for Science and Environment. She has made pioneering efforts to the cause of environment conservation in India. She has authored various publications including several research papers. Ms. Narain received the Padam Shri in 2004.

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    Mr. Rahul Bhatia

    Batch of 1977, a large part of IndiGo’s success has been driven by MD Rahul Bhatia’s cost-consciousness. Eschewing showy campaigns and costly frills, he has focused on building a budget airline that offers travelers lower playing the price game, IndiGo was able to offer competitive costs and maintain margins by keeping things simple, building a fleet with only kind of airplane, keeping costs down and making sure each flight runs on time. Another important part of Bhatia’s vision is a commitment to cleanliness.

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    Mr. Kirti Azad

    Batch of 1976 is currently a Member of Parliament of the Bhartiya Janata Party and is into his second term representing the Purnia constituency of Bihar in the Lok Sabha He was first elected to the 13th Lok Sabha in 1999. Mr. Azad was also a prominent member of the Indian Cricket Team that won the first cricket World Cup for India in 1983.

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    Mr. Amitabh Kant

    Batch of 1973 belongs to the 1980 batch of Kerala cadre of the Indian Administrative Service. He is currently the CEO, of the prestigious Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation, which is a part of a larger engagement between the Governments of India and Japan. He is widely acclaimed as the architect of the “Incredible India” campaign, which he initiated and implemented as the Joint Secretary with the Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India, from 2002 to 2007. . The campaign was instrumental in driving the tourism industry during its worst period after the 9/11 attacks.

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    Mr. Sunil Mitra

    Batch of 1967, joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1975. He has 35 years of public service experience in diverse fields such as Industrial Development, Public Enterprise, Energy, Defence and Finance. He has held important posts in the centre and state. He pioneered the Exit Policy for PSUs in West Bengal in collaboration with DFID that took over eight years to change mindsets of various stakeholders.

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    Mr. Justice Mukul Mudgal

    Batch of 1966, he was a member Secretary/ Treasurer of the Supreme Court Legal Aid Committee, member of National Legal Services Authority, Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Geneva and Governing Council of Indian Law Institute. He was appointed Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on December 5, 2009 and, after a stint of 14 months, retired on January 31, 2011.

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    Lt. Gen. (Retd) Shankar Prasad

    Batch of 1959, AVSM, VSM- is a decorated soldier and a reputed defence analyst since September 2002. He got commissioned into the elite 3 Gorkha Rifles after four years of rigorous training in December 1962. Lt. Gen. Prasad has authored two books namely ‘The Gallant Dogras’ and ‘The Infantry’.

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    Dr. Arun Shourie

    Batch of 1958 Former Union Minister for Disinvestment, Telecommunications and Information Technology is a veteran journalist, author, economist and parliamentarian. He was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism in 1982. As a Union Minister he led pioneering reforms in the Telecom Sector and is credited with the success of the Indian Telecom sector’s phenomenal growth.

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    Bhupinder Nath Kirpal

    Batch of 1937 was the 31st Chief Justice of India, serving from 6 May 2002 until his retirement on 7 November 2002.He began his legal career as an advocate in 1962, and was appointed as a Judge of Delhi High Court in November 1979. In December 1993, he was appointed as Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court.In September 1995, he was appointed as Judge of the Supreme Court of India, and became Chief Justice of India in May 2002.Even after retirement as the Chief Justice he remained the president of the Indian Forest Commission.

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    Khushwant Singh

    Batch of 1930, was an Indian novelist, lawyer, politician and journalist. An Indo-Anglian writer, Singh was best known for his trenchant secularism, his humour, and an abiding love of poetry. His comparisons of social and behavioural characteristics of Westerners and Indians are laced with acid wit. He served as the editor of several literary and news magazines, as well as two newspapers, through the 1970s and 1980s. He was the recipient of Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award in India.

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    Mr. Ajay Bijli

    Batch of 1985, is the chairman and MD of PVR Limited and was the first entrepreneur to pioneer the concept of multiplex cinemas in India. He has been awarded the Delhi Ratna Award.

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    Dr. Mahipal Sachdev

    Batch of 1975, is the chairman and MD of ‘Centre for Sight’ group, of eye hospitals and is a renowned ophthalmic surgeon. He has been awarded the Padma Shri for his contribution to the field of medicine.

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    Mr. Rajiv Singh

    Batch of 1976, serves as the vice chairman of DLF Limited. He is known in the industry for his robust entrepreneurial instinct and objectivity. His vision and wisdom has turned DLF into a conglomerate.

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    Shri Madhav Lal

    Batch of 1972, joined the IAS and has undertaken many senior assignments with GOI and UN. In January 2011 he was appointed as the chief secretary Jammu and Kashmir. He was honored with the Prime Minister’s Award for excellence in Public Administration.

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    Mr. Mukul Rohatgi

    Batch of 1972, is a senior advocate at the high court. He was appointed as the additional solicitor general in 1999. in 2010, times of India mentioned his name among the top 10 lawyers of India. He was awarded the National Law day Award in 2008.

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    Professor Radha Kumar

    Batch of 1969, trustee of Delhi Policy Group and Director of its Peace and Conflict program, is a specialist in ethnic conflicts, peace making and peace building. She frequently contributes to the Indian express, Economic Times, Times of India and other Indian Newspapers.

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    Dr. Anuradha Kapur

    Batch of 1968, is the director of the National School of Drama, New Delhi. She has written widely on theatre and taught and directed in India and abroad. She was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akedemi award for Direction in 2004.

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    Mr. Shiv Khera

    Batch of 1967 is the founder of Qualified Learning Systems Inc. He is an author, educator, business consultant, entrepreneur and a sought after speaker. He has authored 12 books including the international best seller You Can Win.

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    Dr. Naresh Trehan

    Batch of 1962, is a renowned cardiovascular and cardiothoratic surgeon. He is the chairman and MD of Medanta Medicity, a 1500 bedded multi super specialty institute. He also founded the escorts heart institute and research centre. He has been awarded the prestigious Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan Awards.

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    Lt. Gen Amarjit Singh Kalkat

    Batch of 1952, SYSM, PVSM, AVSM, VSM- is the director emeritus, centre for joint warfare studies and HQ integrated defense staff. He is one of the highest decorated officers of the defense forces and a highly respected member of international strategic forums.

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    Ms. Barkha Dutt

    Batch of 1989, is the group editor with NDTV. She was one of the youngest recipients of Padma Shri and has won many other prestigious awards in her illustrious career. She emerged as a household name with her frontline reporting on the Kargill conflict between India and Pakistan in 1999. She is among the most eminent journalists in India.

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    Mr. Ravneet Gill

    Batch of 1980, is the CEO of Deutsche Bank, India. He is the head of coverage for global markets and was instrumental in building a dominant flow franchise, to compliment the platform’s structured product capabilities. He is one of the pioneers of telecom financing in India.

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    Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul

    Batch of 1976 is a Judge at the Delhi High Court. He has served as a treasurer of the Delhi High Court bar association. He has been invited to several international seminars and workshops and is known for is incisive judgements and his yeomen service to the cause of justice.

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    Mr. Surinder Mehta

    Batch of 1975, is the chairman and managing director of Prime Group Companies. He introduced cost reducing, efficiency enhancing, non invasive, high tech computerized underground power cable fault locating vans. He has been conferred the Padma Shri Award.

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    Professor Parvin Sinclair

    Batch of 1973 is currently the Director of National Council of Educational research and Training. He has also served as the Pro Vice Chancellor at the Indira Gandhi National university. Her service to cause of education and innovation is truly noteworthy.

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    Dr. Mihir Shah

    Batch of 1973, was the youngest member planning commission India. He has completed the task of overhauling the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. He is a noteworthy thinker and he has had immense contribution to the discipline of development economics and public administration.

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    Mr. Samir Mathur

    Batch of 1970 is the Home Secretary of the Government of Haryana. He has led reforms in power, water and sanitation sectors while promoting the use of new technologies. He has been credited with the effective use of Public Private Partnership model in governance while adding value for the Government and the citizens.

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    Dr. Noshir Shroff

    Batch of 1968 is a pioneer in the field of intraocular lens implantation surgery. He has over 30,000 implant surgeries to his credit. He has been bestowed with a Padma Bhushan for his excellence in the field of medicine.

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    Brig. Arvind Lal

    Batch of 1966, is a pioneer in bringing laboratory services in India at par with the western world. He has led “Dr. Lal Path Labs” towards the path of enormous success. He has been conferred with a Padma Shri and is the first civilian doctor to be granted an honorary Brigadier rank in the armed forces.

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    Lt. Gen. Vijay Lall

    Batch of 1958, PVSM, AVSM, ADC- is a decorated soldier having served the Indian Army for over four decades. He has gained enormous expertise in supply management and administration in the ministry. He continues to contribute to the civilian administration and public services by the virtue of his experience in the Army.

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    Arpana Trust

    A charitable organization guides its dedicated workers to translate the ideal of brotherhood of man into practical living. It is engaged in intensive health and rural development programs in over 248 villages of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

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    Mr. Gautam Gambhir

    Batch of 2000, has been an integral part of India’s cricket landscape and played an important role in India wins in World Twenty20 (2007) and Cricket World Cup (2011). He has been bestowed with the Arjuna Award and the Test Player of the Year (2009) by ICC.

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    Mr. Ronjan Sondhi

    Batch of 1997, has been honoured with an Arjuna Award and the Rajiv Khel Ratna. He became the first Indian Shooter to defend his world title when he won the Gold in double trap event at the 2010 World Cup Final in turkey.

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    Colonel Sonam Wangchuk

    Batch of 1981 is an Indian Army officer, serving with the Ladakh Scouts Regiment. He was awarded the Mahavir Chakra for his heroic actions in the Kargil War.

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    Dr. A.S Soin

    Batch of 1981, is renowned for pioneering liver transplantation in India from 1998. He runs the country’s largest and the world’s second largest liver transplant program at the Medanta Medicity in Gurgaon. Dr. A. S. Soin has performed nearly 1000 liver transplants in India, the maximum in the country.

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    Mr. Ranjay Gulati

    Batch of 1980, is the Jaime and Josefina Chua Tiampo Professor, the Unit Head of the Organizational Behavior Unit, and the Chair of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He is an expert on leadership, strategy and organizational issues in firms. He was ranked as one of the top ten most cited scholars in Economics and Business over a decade by ISI-Incite.

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    Mr. Rajeev Vasudev

    Batch of 1975, is the global chief executive of Egon Zehnder and has led the company’s expansion into Africa and Middle East. He has co-led the firm’s global Family Business Advisory, addressing client’s leadership and governance needs.

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    Dr. Atul Kumar

    Batch of 1973, has been honored with the Padma Shri Awards. He is presently the professor in Ophthalmology and Vitreoretinal Consultant at R.P. Centre at AIIMS and has served as the ophthalmic surgeon to the Prime Minister of India since 2004. He also authored 5 books and 232 publications.

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    Justice Madan B. Lokur

    Batch of 1971, is presently a judge at the Supreme Court of India. He has taken a lead in areas of judicial reforms, juvenile justice and alternative dispute resolution. He has also served as the Additional Solicitor General of India.

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    Dr. Sayeda Hameed

    Batch of 1959 has been awarded the prestigious Padma Shri. Dr. Hameed has authored more than 20 books and articles pertaining to women’s, religious, and minority rights in South Asia. She has also been member planning commission and a leading voice in championing the cause of gender justice and education for women. She is currently the Chancellor of The Maulana Azad National Urdu University in Hyderabad.

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    Jan Madhyam

    A NGO founded in 1982, Jan Madhyam aides the specially abled, with a focus on girls, to be exposed to equal opportunities as other children. Jan Madhyam's program focuses on the creation of an inclusive environment that allows the able and the disabled to work and play together. Several modernites are involved in this initiative namely: Ranjana Pandey, Jolly Rohatagi, Kumkum Lall (Mathur) Vikram Jain, Ambika Jain, Dr Molly Kakkar (Rohatgi) Kuldip Sahdev, Padma Sahdev. Mrs Amrita Kapur (wife of Mr. M.N. Kapur) has also whole heartedly supported this endeavor.

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    Dr. Ravindra Panth

    Batch of 1973, is a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies and a scholar of Pali Language. He has been conferred with the Maha Saddhamma Jotikadhaja award by the Government of Union of Mayanmar, Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Festival of Buddhist Heritage of Ladakh and Buddhism Today Award for Leadership Excellence in Vietnam .Currently he is an executive member of the Association of Theravada Buddhist Universities (ATBU), and of the International Association of Buddhist Universities (IABU), Bangkok, Thailand. He also has 70 research papers and 15 books to his credit and is working as Director, Nava Nalanda Mahavir.

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    Shri Madhusudan Prasad

    Batch of 1973, started his career as a Lecturer in Economics in Delhi University and then went on to join the IAS. Shri Madhusudhan Prasad has also served as an Economic Counsellor in the Indian Embassy in Washington, USA. Currently he is working as secretary in the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India.

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    Pandit Madhup Mudgal

    Batch of 1973 is among the most eminent Indian Hindustani Classical Music Vocalist. He has been honored with a Padma Shri in 2006, for his contribution to the Hindustani classical music genre which has earned him several accolades.

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    Dr. Pramod Kumar Julka

    Batch of 1966, is the Dean (Academic) of All India Institute of Medical Sciences and a Professor in the department of Radiotherapy and oncology. He is the recipient of several awards, such as the prestigious Padma Shri Award and Life Time Achievement Award by Association of Radiation Oncologists of India, to name a few. Dr. Jhulka has authored research publications in over 150 International medical journals and 110 Indian medical journals and has also authored two books, namely: Becoming a Successful Clinical Trial Investigator (First Edition) and Developing a World Class Clinical Trial Site (Second Edition).

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    Jasjit Singh

    Batch of 1964, is multi-faceted and aces the Tennis courts and the field of management with equal ease. He played for India at the Davis Cup, reaching the finals in 1974-75, giving walkover to South Africa due to Apartheid. The win in the “All India Hard Court Championship” is another feather in his cap. He is the Founder and MD of Shoreline Global Investments Inc, an Investment Consulting Company that markets alternative investment products from the US to the Middle East.

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    Lt. Gen. Arvind Sharma

    Batch of 1963, joined the National Defense Academy and was commissioned in the Infantry (2nd Battalion of the 4th Gorkha Rifles). He has been adorned with the Param Vishist Seva Medal, Ati Vishist Seva Medal and Vishist Seva MedalHe retired from the Army in December 2006, having attained the highest rank –General Officer Commanding -in Chief of the Eastern Command.

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    Ustaad Amjad Ali Khan

    Batch of 1963, started enthralling the audience with his scintillating Raga Supernovas since 6, when he made his debut. He was honoured with the Padma Shri in 1975, Padma Bhushan in 1991 and Padma Vibhushan in 2001. Further he also recently received 21st Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavna Award. It is his belief in music that has enabled him to interpret traditional notions of music in new refreshing ways, reiterating the challenge of innovation and yet respecting the timelessness of tradition.

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    Mr. Aravind Varma

    Batch of 1957, joined the IAS in 1963 and was appointed as the Commissioner of the Faizabad Division. He successfully dealt with the volatile and highly sensitive situation following the demolition of the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya. Currently he is connected with the Indian Wind Energy Association, New Delhi as an adviser and a member of its Governing Council.

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    Mr. Ravinder Narain

    Batch of 1953 is an eminent lawyer who was a senior partner of the leading Law Firm M/s. J.B.Dadachandji Ravinder Narain Mathur & Co. and is now running the same set up in his own name. Mr. Ravinder Narain was felicitated by Hon'ble Chief Justice of India and Hon'ble Union Law Minister at the ‘Law Day’ function organized by the Supreme Court Bar Association for completing 50 years at the Bar. Further, he was appointed by the Ministry of Finance, GoI as a Member of the high level committee set up to review India’s central excise and custom laws.

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    Mr. Samresh Jung - Batch of 1988

    Mr. Samresh Jung: batch of 1988, popularly known as “Goldfinger” for his most skilful shots, is one of the most well known sports personalities in India. Among the laurels won by him are two gold medals at the South Asian Federation Games in 1997, two gold medals at the 2002 Manchester Common Wealth Games, and 8 medals at the XVIII Commonwealth Games at Melbourne in 2006, of which 5 were gold. He was also awarded the David Dixon Award for the Best Athlete at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. He is a proud recipient of the prestigious Arjuna Award.

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    Mrs. Mira Pradeep Singh - Batch of 1982

    Mrs. Mira Pradeep Singh: batch of 1982, is the Chairperson of the Delhi Cheshire Home, which is the largest Cheshire Home in India. Delhi Cheshire Home has 79 physically and mentally handicapped residents. She is also a Member of the Cheshire Home National Trust, which is the apex governing body for the 22 Homes situated across India. As the main force behind the World Memorial Fund for Disaster Relief, she has reached out to care for countless underprivileged people afflicted with tuberculosis in Delhi.

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    Dr. Harsh Kumar - Batch of 1976

    Dr. Harsh Kumar: batch of 1976 is the Director, Glaucoma Services, Centre for Sight and Consultant at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital New Delhi, and is internationally recognized as a stalwart Eye Surgeon. He and his co-authors invented nine procedures using laser technology. He has been awarded numerous honours which include the Padma Shri in 2015, and the International Scholars Programme Award by ECFMG USA.

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    Dr. Rajiv B. Lall - Batch of 1974

    Dr. Rajiv B. Lall: batch of 1974, was the MD and CEO of IDFC, and then its Executive Chairman. He is the founder MD and CEO of IDFC Bank Limited. He is a member of several important government and industry body committees concerning the financial sector, infrastructure, and NBFCs, among others.
    He has also been the President of Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is the founder of the Lok Capital Group, which facilitates affordable financial services to low income households.

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    Mr. Rajiv Nayar - Batch of 1973

    Mr. Rajiv Nayar: batch of 1973, was appointed as the first Standing Counsel for the Government of India for the Delhi High Court in 1989, and designated as a Senior Advocate by the Delhi High Court in 1997. He is reckoned among the top legal luminaries in India in the fields of dispute resolution, arbitration, commercial laws, international trade and other allied areas, having represented large MNCs and public sector enterprises in various fora across the country. He is also a member of the prestigious Delhi International Arbitration Centre.

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    Dr. Shekhar Shah- Batch of 1972

    Dr. Shekhar Shah: batch of 1972, is presently the Director-General of the National Council for Applied Economic Research, which is India’s oldest and largest independent, non-profit, economic policy research institute. He was associated with the World Bank as its Regional Economic Adviser for South Asia.
    Among his many works is the flagship paper “Can South Asia end poverty in a generation?”
    that provides the inspiration and the title for the South Asia Blog.

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    Dr. Rajiv Kumar - Batch of 1968

    Dr. Rajiv Kumar: batch of 1968 is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research. He is the Chancellor of the Gokhale Institute of Economics and Politics in Pune and the Founding Director of Pahle India Foundation, a non-profit research organisation that specialises in policy-oriented research and analysis. He is a board-member of several international and national institutions, including the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center in Riyadh, the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and Asia in Jakarta, the State Bank of India, and the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade.

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    Mr. Arun Khanna - Batch of 1964

    Mr. Arun Khanna: batch of 1964, was among the four students of Delhi University who,on 14th February, 1966, intercepted a vehicle carrying money to be deposited with State Bank of India, which had been hijacked by two armed criminals, who had also fatally stabbed the cashier.

    The students successfully caught one of the criminals and recovered the entire money. For this extraordinary act of bravery, Mr. Arun Khanna and his fellow students were awarded the Ashok Chakra Class II
    (redesignated as Kirti Chakra) by the President of India.

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    Dr. Sushil Choudhry - Batch of 1959

    Dr. Sushil Choudhry: batch of 1959 is the Managing Trustee of the ICare Eye Hospital & Postgraduate Institute, NOIDA, which last year operated over 22,000 patients out of which almost 64% were for charity. His ICARE Charitable Foundation which provides eye care to the under privileged rural population annually screens and treats approximately 1,50,000 people for eye disease and performs about 8000 surgeries free or at a very subsidized cost. He has set up 19 Rural Pick-Up Centres in Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and the slums of Delhi to ensure that quality ophthalmic care reaches the footsteps of the rural population where no medical aid is available.

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    Mr. Kamalesh Sharma - Batch of 1957

    Mr. Kamalesh Sharma: batch of 1957 served as India’s Ambassador to eight nations including as High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ambassador and Permanent Representative to UN offices in Geneva and New York. He also had a stint with the United Nations as its Under Secretary-General. He was conferred the Medal of the Foreign Policy Association of America in 2003 for services to internationalism. He served as the 5th Secretary-General of the Commonwealth from 2008 to 2016. He was the Chancellor of Queen’s University, Belfast from 2009 to 2014 and is currently the Chancellor Emeritus.

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    Air Chief Marshal P. C. Lal - Batch of 1933

    Air Chief Marshal P. C. Lal: batch of 1933, belonged to the first batch of students who passed out of the new building on Barakhamba Road. Having joined the Indian Air Force in 1939, he saw active service in the Second World World War on the Burma front, and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for undertaking hazardous reconnaissance flights deep inside Japanese held territory. He was appointed Chief of Air Staff in July 1969, and led the IAF to victory in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. He was conferred with the Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan for his most exemplary and distinguished services to the nation.