Best described as a man of vision and integrity, he has, for 25 eventful years, witnessed the laying of every brick, in the emergence of JGI.
Dr. Chenraj Roychand exemplifies the principles of truth, peace and love. His presence instils awe and admiration among his students. His versatile personality takes in the professionalism of his working life, the affection for his family and friends and the idealism of principle and intuition.
Dr. Chenraj Roychand's extensive inter-personal, communication and management skills are a product of his years of business experience. Having entered the business world at the tender age of 13, he started off as a dealer for Reliance Industries. He then went on to distinguish himself as the No. 1 dealer of the Reliance banner from 1978 - 1990 with a wide network of more than 8000 customers throughout South India. He also had the opportunity of working with Dhirubhai Ambani of Reliance Industries.
In 1982 he started 800 retail outlets with an innovative concept in display that required lesser investment, now popular as ‘Bits’ showrooms. Today, more than 30,000 shops exist under the same concept.
Dr. Chenraj Roychand laid the foundation of an illustrious institution in the form of Sri Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain College at V.V. Puram in 1990 and since then has never looked back. His single-handed perseverance has culminated institutions of unparalleled stature in terms of infrastructure and personnel. Besides initiating courses in Science, Commerce, Sports and Business Management the institutes provide holistic education by supplementing university curriculum with regular sessions on Personality Development, Time Management, Stress Management, Memory Techniques, Transactional Analysis, Goal Setting, Communication and Presentation Skills among others; many of which are conducted by himself. Today, JGI Group stands with 85 institutions,45000 students, around 4500 people toiling to work for his vision.
His oratory skills, charismatic presence & magnetic persona have made him a much sought after counsellor and adviser. Dr. Chenraj Roychand continues to be the guiding light for innumerable individuals looking for assistance, in everything from education & careers to business.
Dr. Chenraj is a person whose life centers on the attainment of a purpose. And with the kind of responsibility he has taken upon himself, every accomplishment, no matter how great, continually points towards even greater realizations. So, apparently, for him, every moment of silent contemplation is one of tacit restlessness.
Jain Vidyaniketan - An opportunity School located in Kanakapura is another initiative undertaken by Dr. Chenraj Roychand. Established in 2000, the school provides education from UKG to the 10th Standard and is affiliated to Karnataka State Education Board (KSEB). Each of the grades has English and Kannada as a medium of instruction. The classes have been kept at only 35 students to ensure a personalized attention. Regular medical checkups and treatment is provided to the students at the health center of its sister institution, Jain International Residential School. In sports, the children are exposed to elitist sports disciplines that remain a dream for their city bred counterparts. Jain Academy for Sporting Excellence, a JGI Institution has put at these children’s disposal an array of national and international class coaches and training facilities.
He has also organised a number of programs for the rural populace of Kanakapura Taluk, Bangalore District (Rural), besides the Cataract Free Kanakapura Project - Eye camps held every week. Eye testing and cataract operations are performed free of cost.
Blood donation camps, health checkups, medical facilities and preventive care awareness in addition to the free distribution of clothes to a large number of school children, every year, have been some of his attempts for a better world, the world of his visions and dreams.
Dr. Chenraj Roychand has served as a member of the State Level Apex Body for Quality Assurance & NAAC Accreditation, Collegiate Education, Government of Karnataka and as Vice President, Federation of Jain Educational Institutes (FJEI).
A significant development is the establishment of “Jain (Deemed-to-be University) ” (Est. u/s 3 of the UGC Act), with an aim of facilitating every aspiring student to reach his/her complete potential through a holistic and a stimulating educational experience.
Former Chairman, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, and fellow, National Academy of Engineering is a Padma Shri Awardee for outstanding contributions in Engineering Science and Technology. He is a technologist and Industry leader of eminence. During his distinguished professional career spanning over 36 years, he has made significant lifetime contributions in Engineering Education, Research and Industry Management.
He has been a member of various scientific advisory councils and committees like the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet, Govt. of India, Research Council, Regional Research Laboratory, National Aerospace Laboratories, Governing Council, Jawaharlal Nehru Research and Development Center for Aluminium, and Standing Scientific Advisory Committee, Department of Steel and Mines, Government of India. He has served as president for two leading Professional Associations, viz., President, Aeronautical Society of India, and President, Indian Institute of Metals. He has been a director / member board of several public and private sector corporates.
He has won several awards and honours for his contribution in the field of engineering, science and technology and management. These include Padmashree from Government of India in 2001, Scope Award for best Chief Executive and Gold Plaque, Birla Gold Medal, Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award, National Aeronautical Prize, Vasvik Research Award, Omprakash Bhasin Award, Dr.Ambedkar Bharath Shree Award, Rashtriya Ratna Award, National Metallurgist Award, IIM Platinum Award, Swadeshi Science Puraskara, Enterprise Excellence Award, National Award for R&D, FIE Foundation Award and National Award for Best Employer of Physically Handicapped.
Dr. Nair holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc degree from the University of Sask, Canada . He is a B.Tech graduate from IIT Madras. He has presented and published over 200 papers at national and international conferences in the field of aerospace materials, process technologies, management and international co-operation. He has authored 20 books in addition to editing and publishing proceedings of a number of National and International seminars. In the past, Dr. Nair has held a number of key positions in high-level Research councils, important professional bodies and corporate boards.
An eminent scholar and academician in Physics (Astro Physics and Electronics), is the Vice Chancellor. He brings to the University his 40 years of combined experience in progressive academic leadership and rich administrative experience.
Dr. Sundararajan holds a Ph.D. in Management, M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees in Physics from University of Madras. An outstanding academic achiever himself, Dr. Sundararajan has been instrumental in steering Institutions and Colleges towards academic excellence, employing pedagogy of deep questioning and research into learning delivery and encouraging faculty and staff to undertake research. His idea of student-centricity has ushered in several developments toward strengthening student employability, sports spirit and achievement.
Dr. N Sundararajan, who has authored over 30 books was awarded the Rank of Honorary Colonel by NCC for outstanding performance and encouraging NCC activities at Jain (Deemed-to-be University) in August 2012 & also bestowed with the Indian Leadership Award for education excellence by Indian Economic Development and Research Association in August 2014.