Aditya Vikram Birla was a prominent Indian industrialist. He was one of the first Indian industrialists to expand abroad. The Aditya Birla group saw height of success under his leadership.
Aditya Birla was born on 14 November 1943 in Kolkata. His father was Basant Kumar, an industrialist and his mother was Sarala Birla. Aditya’s grandfather Ghanshyam Das Birla was an associate of Mahatma Gandhi and had built his fortune on aluminum prospecting and as the manufacturer of the Ambassador car.
After finishing his college in Kolkata, Aditya studied chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He got married to Rajashri and the couple had a daughter and a son Kumar Mangalam who is now the chairman of the Aditya Birla Group.
Career of Aditya Birla:
Born into one of the largest business families of India, Aditya Birla administered the business of the group into textiles, petrochemicals and telecommunications. Upon his return to India Aditya Birla struck out on his own in textiles. He put his sinking rayon and textile business back on track. The Eastern Spinning Mills in Kolkata quickly became a success. Later his business in the oil sector was also a great success. He was placed in charge of the corporation's expansion into the oil sector. Aditya Birla took the company to greater heights with his work and foresightedness. In 1969 he set up Indo-Thai Synthetics Company Ltd, the group's first overseas company. He established P.T. Elegant Textiles to manufacture spun yarn in 1973. In 1977 Pan Century Edible Oils was incorporated in Malaysia which later became the world's largest single-location palm oil refinery. In 1982 P.T Indo Bharat Rayon was established which was the first producer of Viscose Staple Fibre in Indonesia. These ventures, along with many others, not only put the Birla group on world map but also carved a niche for corporate India. The companies became the largest producer of Viscose staple fibre and refiner of palm oil under his leadership. After Aditya Vikram Birla became the chairman the Birla group of companies saw success in the expansion of Hindustan Gas and in the conversion of the sick company Indo-Gulf Fertilisers and Chemicals Ltd.
Aditya Vikram Birla was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1993 and breathed his last on 1st October 1995 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
Awards and Recognition:
The Aditya Birla Group had instituted the Aditya Birla Scholarships in memory of Aditya Birla to recognize and award fresh talent and potential future leaders from prestigious institutes in India. The Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital in Pimpri-Chinchwad is named after him. Awards like Aditya Vikram Birla Kalashikhar and Kalakiran Puraskars for excellence in theatre and performing arts are given every year. The government of India released a special commemorative stamp in the name of Aditya Vikram Birla on January 14, 2013 to honour him as "India's first global industrialist”.
Son: Kumar Mangalam
(FAN OF Mr. ADITYA VIKRAM BIRLA)
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