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LEAD Prayana 2013: A Glimpse

From January 17th to January 30th, 2013, LEaders Accelerating Development (LEAD) hosted its annual leadership journey, LEAD Prayana.  For 14 days, 100 enthusiastic and passionate students from nine states undertook a leadership journey across Karnataka. The LEAD Prayana journey incorporated various role models, site visits, and hands-on activities, each which play a special role in helping the participating leaders to become inspired in order to unleash their leadership potential. 

During LEAD Prayana, the Prayanis visited nine different cities and had the opportunity to meet, network with, and learn from several inspirational role models which include, but are not limited to: Mr. Ratan Tata, Mr. Narayana Murthy, Mrs. Sudha Murty, Mrs. Jaishree Deshpande, Dr. Veerendra Heggade, Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji, Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar, Dr. Gujuraj “Desh” Deshpande, Dr. Narayana Reddy, Mr. Harish Hande, Mr. P. Manivanan, Mr. Phanindra Sama, Mr. Ramji Raghavan, Ms Rashmi Bansal, and Dr. H. Vinod Bhat.  These role models engaged with the Prayanis and taught them the importance of determination, hard work, perseverance, innovation, humility, and capitalizing on opportunity.
While these role models shared with the students their own personal insights on successful leadership, the various site visits provided a context in which the students could personally observe and experience the product of effective leadership.  Additionally, the hands-on activities provided an outlet for the Prayanis to apply what they had learned about leadership in a real-life context.  The hands-on activities allowed the Prayanis to practice important leadership skills such as time management, creativity, and collaboration.

Each day had a separate agenda composed of site visits, exposure visits, hands-on activities, role model sessions, and speaker sessions.  The students wrote reflections of their experiences each evening.

Day 1: Kick off
LEAD Prayana 2013 was kicked off by Mrs. Jaishree Deshpande, Founder of the Deshpande Foundation, and Mr. Naveen Jha, CEO of the Deshpande Foundation.  They spoke to the Prayanis of the purpose of the journey and gave introductions to the LEAD Prayana partners.  The day ended with a celebratory dance on drums/dhol and departure to the first site visit.

Day 2: Kuppam/Agastya
The Prayanis experienced their first site visit to Agastya International Foundation.  Agastya runs the largest hands-on science program in the world.  Agastya helps disadvantaged, vulnerable, and at-risk children escape ignorance and poverty by educating these children in an environment that encourages creativity and inquiry. 

During the site visit, the students were divided into three groups and completed three different hands-on activities.  One group worked on a landscaping assignment; the second group engaged in model making; the third group was given the task to make construct a hut.  The hands-on activities required the students to practice their time management, collaboration, team building and leadership skills.  During the evening, the students visited a planetarium and a discovery lab.  At the end of the evening, the Prayanis enjoyed a folk music performance and dancing.

Day 3: Kuppam/Agastya
The Prayanis spent the day again at Agastya.  Early morning the day started with going on a bird watching and nature walk and to learn about the medicinal uses of different plants. Later the groups worked on the same hands-on activities, and each group was given the opportunity to participate in each activity.

Lastly, the students had a role model session with Mr. Ramji Raghavan. Mr. Raghavan changed the Prayanis’ perspective about conventional classroom learning.  According to Mr. Raghavan, “you must always have a philosophy in your life”. Mr. Raghavan taught the Prayanis the importance of determination, hard work, having a clear mindset, and passion. 

Day 4: Bangalore/Inspiring Speakers
The students enjoyed speaker sessions with Mr. Phanindra Sama, the Founder and CEO of RedBus.in; Mr. P. Manivannan, the Managing Director of BESCOM; and Dr. Harish Hande, Co-Founder of SELCO India.

RedBus was founded in 2005 as India’s first online bus ticket booking service, and remains the largest online bus ticketing company in India.  It has the largest network of bus operators and over 4,500 routes across India.

Mr. Sama took a problem and capitalized on the opportunities that it presented. He owes his success to possessing the right attitude and exercising immense will power.  Mr. Sama’s story taught the Prayanis a very important lesson: leaders must never avoid or complain about problem; instead, leaders must find a solution to each and every problem they encounter. 

Widely known as “Mr. Transparent”, Mr. Manivannan maintains a reputation built upon strong work ethic, good morals, successful problem-solving, and efficient implementation.  In the past, he has successfully prevented illegal bribery in government elections.

The Prayanis were very impressed by the way Mr. Manivannan acted with them.  He approached the students with great humility and did not spend his session discussing his achievements.  Instead, he spent his session motivating the students and encouraged them to take responsibility, analyze, accept failures, be effective listeners, and be courageous. 

SELCO India is India’s first social “for-profit” enterprise and provides rural, low-income communities with reliable, decentralized renewable energy access.  The enterprise began in 1995 and now has 30 branches across the state of Karnataka.

According to Dr. Hande, a true leader is one who deals with and knows how to communicate with people.  He empowered students to take initiative in helping the environment and creating more sources for renewable energy.  Dr. Hande encouraged the Prayanis to take chances with their ideas, saying, “You need to jump into the well to know how deep it is”.

Day 5: Doddaballapur/Organic Farming
The Prayanis began their day very early and traveled to the farming house of Dr. Narayana Reddy. Dr. Reddy has been a pioneer in organic farming and has served as a role model for many organic farmers.  His farming methods provide several alternatives to chemical farming, including SRI paddy cultivation.  He writes a regular column in LEISA India Magazine and actively interacts with farmers and NGOs from across the country.
At Dr. Reddy’s farm, the Prayanis, learned firsthand the different aspects of organic farming: harvesting, watering of the plants, and preparing of the organic manure. 

The day ended with a role model session with Dr. Reddy. “Simple living, high thinking” is Dr. Reddy’s overall guiding philosophy.  The Prayanis admired Dr. Reddy’s “down to earth” personality and humility.  Dr. Reddy stressed that greatness comes through humanity and knowledge.  Additionally, Dr. Reddy maintains that people should always be open to learn. 

Day 6: Suttur/JSS Mahavidyapeetha
The day started at 5am with an exposure visit to a boarding school that houses and provides free education for over 4,000 students hosted in Suttur Math campus.  The Prayanis then visited various activities run by Suttur Math.  Afterwards, the Prayanis toured the campus of JSS Mahavidyapeetha and JSS Medical University.  JSS Mahavidyapeetha is an educational and cultural organization dedicated to the idea of providing education to the villages of Karnataka.  Through its 300 institutions, JSS provides education for more than 50,000 students.  Finally, the students had a role model session with Jagagduru Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji, Founder and President of JSS.  

The visits to Suttur Math and the JSS Mahavidyapeetha campus presented Prayanis with a blend of spirituality, philanthropy, discipline, and management.  The students not only found the visit moving, but also very stimulating.

Day 7: Mysore/Infosys
The students spent the first half exploring Infosys. Infosys is a well-known software company was started with an investment of just Rs 10000 in 1981.  In 1999, Infosys became the first Indian company to be listed on NASDAQ. 

The Prayanis then spent the afternoon visiting Mysore Palace.

Day 8: Manipal University
The Prayanis visited Manipal University, one of India’s top universities.  Manipal University is most often characterized by its modern facilities and good atmosphere. 

In the afternoon, the students had a session with Dr. Vinod Bhatt, the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Manipal University. In the past, Dr. Bhat has served as the Chief Medical Officer of Dr. TMA Pai Rotary Hospital, Karkala; Chief Operating Officer of Kasturba Hospital, Manipal; and Registrar of Manipal University.  During the summer of 2004, Dr. Bhat was the recipient of the Fogarty International Center’s Fellowship. 

The message that the Prayanis took away from their session with Dr. Bhat was, “Do with passion, and leave something behind for the next generation”.  The students were most impressed by Dr. Bhat’s simplicity, as well as his progressiveness and dedication towards his work.  In the evening, all of the students watched the sunset together.
Day 9: Manipal/Heritage Village/Nanopix
The students began their day with a visit to Heritage Village, Manipal, where they were exposed to ancient Indian culture and lifestyle.  Next, the Prayanis went on an exposure visit to NanoPix, an image processing and industry automation company, where they had the unique opportunity to learn about machine vision-based cashew sorting.  

The visit to NanoPix was concluded by a role model session with Mr. Sasi Sekar Krish. Mr. Krish believes in keeping excitement and enthusiasm high, both in good times and bad, working without ego, and maintaining compassion and respect for everyone.  The Prayanis admired Mr. Krish for the fact that he works for satisfaction, not money.

Day 10: Dharmasthala/Cultural Day
The Prayanis celebrated Republic Day with the faculty and students of the Dharmasthala campus.  After the festivities, the students went on an exposure visit to learn about the work that was initiated by Dr. Veerendra Heggade, the Darmadhikari and the Director of the Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI).
A role model session Dr. Heggade was held after the exposure visit.  Dr. Heggade taught the Prayanis very important lessons about development.  He asserted that people should not be given temporary solutions for their problems, such as money; rather, they should be given more permanent solutions.  Additionally, he advised the students to never blame the government for problems, but instead try to work with the government.

Day 11: Dharwad/For-profit & Non-profit
The Prayanis went on exposure visits to 7-Beans Coffee cafĂ© and Kalkeri Sangeet Vibyalaya in Dharwad-Hubli. 7-Beans Coffe is an enterprise that exports Indian coffee around the globe.  Kalkeri Sangeet Vibyalaya provides both academic and musical education, as well as food, accommodation, healthcare, and clothing to 200 children for free.

Afterwards, the students had a role model session with Dr. Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande, the founder of Deshpande Foundation followed by a speaker session with Shravani Hagargi, CEO of Safe Hands 24*7.  Safe Hands aims to create value in the lives of the poor women through empowerment by giving them livelihood opportunities. 

Day 12: Hubli/Akshaya Patra/Community activity
The Prayanis visited the Akshaya Patra Foundation.  The foundation runs a mid-day meal program across India and distributes freshly cooked, healthy meals daily to 1.3 million children. Following their visit Akshaya Patra, the students had a role model session with Mrs. Sudha Murthy.  Afterwards, all of the Prayanis engaged in a community activity, where they performed anti-corruption skits in three different locations throughout Hubli. 

Day 13:Hubli/Meet with Leaders

The day started with the Role Model session with Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar, the President of Global Research Alliance. Participants were inspired from his personal life story. It was eye opening to see Dr. Mashelkar as the real leader who did his studies under a street light and now leading the group of world class scientists.

The Prayanis had a role model session with Mr. Narayana Murthy, the Co-Founder of Infosys. The Prayanis saw within Mr. Murthy great humility and discipline.  Many students commented that, after their session with Mr. Murthy, they now understand how Infosys became such a successful company.  Despite the great financial success that Infosys has experienced, though, Mr. Murthy nobly reminded the students, “Money is not important.  Love and affection are important between human beings”.
Later participants interacted in a panel session with Ms Rashmi Bansal, famous writer, Mrs. Lakshmi Praturi, curator of Inktalk and Mr. Ramesh Raskar, the founder of Eynetra and TEDtalk speaker.  

Day 14: Hubli/Yuva Summit
LEAD Prayana ended with the Deshpande Foundation’s 3rd annual Yuva Summit, where hundreds of students and educators gathered to celebrate the successful projects of LEAD leaders.  Mr. Ratan Tata awarded the best 5 leaders. The concluding session of LEAD Prayana 2013 was addressed by Mr. Naveen Jha, the CEO of the Deshpande Foundation.
Sudha Murty, Ratan Tata, Narayan Murthy and Raghunath Mashelkar at LEAD's Yuva Summit 2013
The prestigious partners of LEAD Prayana 2 were Shree Khestra Dharmasthala, JSS Mahavidyapeetha, Manipal University, Agastya International Foundation, Indian Overseas Bank, Deccan Herald & Prajavani. 


Mr. Ratan N Tata
Ratan N Tata has been the Chairman of Tata Sons, the promoter holding company of the Tata group, since 1991. He is also the Chairman of the major Tata companies, including Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Power, Tata Global Beverages, Tata Chemicals, Indian Hotels and Tata Teleservices. During his tenure, the group’s revenues have grown manifold, totaling over $100.09 billion in 2011-12.
Mr Tata also serves on the board of directors of Alcoa. He is also on the international advisory boards of Mitsubishi Corporation, the American International Group, JP Morgan Chase, Rolls Royce, Temasek Holdings and the Monetary Authority of Singapore. He is a member of the Indian Prime Minister’s Council on Trade and Industry. 

Mr Tata joined the Tata group in 1962. After serving in various companies, he was appointed Director-in-charge of the National Radio and Electronics Company in 1971. In 1981, he was named Chairman of Tata Industries, the group’s other promoter holding company, where he was responsible for transforming it into a group strategy think-tank, and a promoter of new ventures in high technology businesses.

Mr Tata received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell in 1962. He worked briefly with Jones and Emmons in Los Angeles before returning to India in late 1962. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1975.

The Government of India honoured Mr Tata with its second-highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, in 2008. He has also received honorary doctorates from several universities in India and overseas.

Mr. N R Narayana Murthy

Mr. Murthy is synonymous with Infosys, the well-known software company that he co-founded with six other professionals in 1981. He served in various capacities within the organization and was for long perceived to be the driving force behind Infosys. Infosys was started with an initial investment of just Rs 10000, which Murthy is said to have borrowed from his wife Sudha. The company grew from strength to strength, with Murthy serving as its CEO for the first 21 years of its existence. The company’s stock option schemes created many millionaires. In 1999, Infosys became the first Indian company to be listed on the NASDAQ. In 2002, Murthy took on the role of Executive Chairman of the Board, giving way to Nandan Nilekani – a co-founder of Infosys – to become the CEO. In 2006, Murthy became non-executive Chairman of the Board and Chief Mentor at Infosys, before stepping down and becoming Chairman Emeritus in 2011. Murthy stepped down as the non-executive Chairman of Infosys in 2011, finally bringing to an end his 30 yearlong stint with the company.

Mr. Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande
Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande is the Chairman of Sparta Group LLC, A123 Systems (AONE), Sycamore Networks (SCMR), Tejas Networks, Sandstone Capital and HiveFire. He was also a founding investor in Airvana, Cimaron, Webdialogs and Relicore. Dr. Deshpande serves as a member of the MIT Corporation, and his generous donations have made possible MIT's Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation.
Dr. Deshpande is a trustee of the Deshpande foundation. He and his wife are involved in several non-profit initiatives that include support for MIT, IIT, TiE, Akshaya Patra Foundation, Public Health Foundation of India and the Social Entrepreneurship Sandbox in India.

Mrs. Sudha Murty
Sudha Murty is the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation. Mrs. Murty has an M.E. (Electrical) from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. She started her career as a Development Engineer with TELCO (now Tata Motors). She taught Computer Science to B.Sc. and M.C.A. students at a college affiliated with the Bangalore University.
Mrs. Murty is a prolific writer in Kannada and English. She is a columnist for English and Kannada dailies with 30 books and 136 titles to her credit - novels, travelogues, technical books, and memoirs. Her body of work in Kannada has been published in several Indian languages. Mrs. Murty has been honored with awards for her philanthropic and literary activities.

Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar
Dr. Mashelkar retired as DG, CSIR on 31 December 2006. Currently he is at National Chemical Laboratory as CSIR Bhatnagar Fellow. He is also the President of Global Research Alliance, a body of association of the publicly funded research institutions of India, S. Africa, Australia, Finland, USA and Germany. He also serves as the President of the British Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Dr. Mashelkar has won numerous other awards and recognitions. Thirteen Universities, including Universities of London, Salford , Pretoria and Wisconsin have conferred on him honorary doctorate degrees of Science. Dr. Mashelkar was honored by the President of India with Padma Shri (1991) and Padma Bhushan (2000) in recognition of his contribution to nation building. He has been widely recognized for his scientific contributions. Significant amongst these are, Fellowship of the Royal Society, London (FRS), Foreign Fellow of the US National Academy of Science as well as US National Academy of Engineering as well as Fellowship of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, Trieste , Italy. He is the fellow of all the learned Academy of Sciences and Engineering in India.     
Dr. Mashelkar took over as Director General CSIR in 1995. In sustained effort, spanning over a decade, he brought about significant transformation in CSIR, as a user focused, performance driven and accountable organization. Dr. Mashelkar has assisted the Govt. of India in numerous scientific committees, dealing with science and society in such diverse areas as auto fuels policy, higher education and  drug regulatory systems. 

Mrs. Rohini Nilekani, Chairperson, Arghyam

Rohini Nilekani is the Chairperson and Founder of Arghyam, which she setup with a private endowment in 2001. An ex-journalist, a writer and a philanthropist, Rohini has been deeply involved in development issues for many years now. She has co-founded Pratham Books, a non-profit publishing enterprise to produce high quality, low cost books for children in several Indian languages. She is on the Board of Directors of Pratham India Education Initiative (PIEI). She is on the Board of Sanghamithra Rural Financial Services and has funded its first microcredit program for the urban poor. She was the Chairperson for Akshara Foundation, the goal of which is "Every child in school and learning well", from July 2002 to July 2008.

Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade
The venerable Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade, a personification of benevolence and altruism will also be sharing his experiences as a part of the Inspirom Series. The 'Dharmadhikari' of Dharmasthala is a leader, philanthropist, educationist, social reformer, and an emissary of art and culture. Mr. Heggade is the Director of Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI). He is also a member of - National Foundation for Communal Harmony, Delhi; Shree Amarnathji Shrine Board, Jammu and Kashmir; Advisory Board of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development; and Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams Development Advisory Council. He has undertaken project programs for the economic, social and moral uplifting of the poor agricultural laborers, artisans and others.

Holiness Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji

His Holiness Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji is the 24th pontiff of Sri Suttur Math, established in the 10th century at Suttur, Mysore District, Karnataka. Swamiji who assumed the Peetha in 1986 at the young age of 29 years, had his spiritual training under the guidance of his illustrious predecessor H H Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji, the founder president of the JSS Mahavidyapeetha, an educational and cultural organization dedicated to the ideal of providing education to the villages of Karnataka. Through its over 300 institutions, it not only provides learning to more than 50,000 students, but touches the lives of millions more through a cascading effect. 

Phanindra Sama  (CEO, redBus.in)

Phanindra Sama “Phani” is Co-Founder & CEO of redBus.in, India’s largest bus ticketing company. Founded in Aug. 2006, redBus today has operations across 22 states and offers services for ~19,000+ routes and has built relationship with about 700+ bus operators and 40,000+ travel agents.  
redBus is amongst Forbes top 5 startups to watch in 2010. redBus is ranked no#1 amongst the fastest growing companies in India in a survey done by All World Network and was also awarded India’s best internet startup, 2010 by IMAI.

Phanindra was ranked #3 amongst India’s Most Promising Entrepreneurs by Business World. He has been chosen as a Global Shaper 2011 of the World Economic Forum. He was awarded Entrepreneur of the year award under IT, ITES category by ET NOW and the BITSAA 30 under 30 award. He is also selected as Endeavor Entrepreneur (www.endeavor.org) and TiE Entrepreneur (www.tie.org).

Mr. P. Manivannan (IAS) (Managing Director, BESCOM)

IAS officer P Manivannan, who is trying to introduce a new transparency into proceedings. Because of his work style he is known as Mr. Transparent. Manivannan has served as Commissioner of Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation, he is known for hard decisions and their equally stern implementation, Manivannan carries the tag of Demolition Man as deputy commissioner, Dharwad, where he brought down huge buildings of influential people to construct a public road. Such was his popularity that there were voluntary protests when he was transferred. During the 2008 Karnataka assembly elections, Manivannan, a 2008 batch IAS officer, was Mysore DC and district electoral officer. Candidates trying to lure voters through illegal means, like distributing money and material, were rounded up. He had set up 12 control rooms and 130 mobile police stations with a 20,000-strong staff. He seized illegal money and filed cases against those who violated the Model Code of Conduct during elections.
Presently managing director of Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM), Manivannan is in office before the others arrive and sometimes works late, not the kind of routine a lazy staff will be able to keep up with.

Ramji Raghavan (Founder and Chairman, Agastya International Foundation)
Ramji Raghavan’s dream to build an India of thinkers, problem-solvers and creators who are humane, anchored, and networked gave birth to Agastya International Foundation. The Agastya International Foundation has worked to provide access to teachers, at-risk, and out-of-school children to hands-on science that arouses curiosity. He believed that by bringing scientific thinking into the villagers, one could transform rural India. We are proud to have him for the Inspirom Series as he stands true to his dream for 11 years now.

Mr. Harish Hande (Co-founder, SELCO India)

Dr. Harish Hande, with over 17 years of experience, is a practitioner and expert in the field of decentralized renewable energy for developing countries. 

He is the co-founder of SELCO India, the country’s first social ‘for-profit’ enterprise working on rural solar energy access. The enterprise began operations in 1995 and through its 30 branches across the state of Karnataka and Gujarat, has been serving rural, underserved and low income communities with reliable decentralized renewable energy access. Till date, SELCO has served over 140,000 households through its activities. By capitalizing on India’s established network of regional rural banks, SELCO has been able to facilitate financing for solar energy in rural areas. The emphasis laid on overall ecosystem development has helped the enterprise ensure financing, maintenance and overall sustainability of energy access.   
Dr. Hande holds a Doctorate and a Masters degree from the University of Massachusetts (Lowell) in the field of Energy Engineering and a Bachelors degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in the same field. For his pragmatic efforts in providing customized, affordable and reliable electricity access to the rural poor, he was awarded Asia’s prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2011. Today, he serves as the Managing Director of SELCO and is an active member on the boards of several renewable energy and innovation focused organizations in India and abroad.

Dr. L. Narayan Reddy (Organic Farmer)

For more than two decades, L. Narayan Reddy has been a role model for many organic farmers. He is enthusiastic to innovate experiment, learn and share. He possesses a rare combination of excellence in technical pragmatic field knowledge, economic intelligence and passion about knowledge exchange. He has reached the pinnacle in convention high external input agriculture with national record yields but realized the ill effect of chemical farming and switched over to organic farming. He tries things differently and has his own insights based on practical experience.

His farm is a model for several alternatives, including SRI paddy cultivation and has been visited by dignitaries from abroad, reputed scientists and student who sees how organic farming can be operationalized.

His regular column in LEISA India magazine is extremely popular. He travels widely across the country, interacting with thousands of farmers and NGOs and is also a special invitee for national and international seminars and policy discussions.

Shri M Narendra (Chairman and Managing Director, Overseas Bank)

Shri M Narendra took charge as Chairman and Managing Director of Indian Overseas Bank on 1st November 2010.

Shri M Narendra joined Corporation Bank as an officer trainee in 1975 and was in the Bank till 5th November 2008. He was appointed by Government of India as Executive Director, Bank of India, on 6th November 2008 and held this position, till his present assignment at Indian Overseas Bank.

 Shri Narendra has traveled widely both within the country and outside. He has undergone various training programmes including workshops/seminars at BTC, IIM-Ahmedabad and Bangalore, NIBM and Australian Institute of Banking & Finance.

Shri Narendra secured various Corporate Awards instituted by Corporation Bank such as Chairman’s Club Membership recipient for 8 consecutive years from 1984-85 to 1990-91, SoGian Award and Regional Leadership Award.

Known for his conceptual clarity, communication skills and ability to build strong result oriented teams Shri Narendra has been one of the key members of the Teams to implement Organisational Transformation Projects in both Corporation Bank and Bank of India.

In his capacity as Executive Director of Bank of India, he was the nominee director on the Board of Indo Zambia Bank Limited, Lusaka, Zambia, a joint venture Commercial Bank between 3 Indian Public Sector Banks and Government of Zambia.

He was a member in the RBI’s Technical Advisory Committee on Money, Foreign Exchange and Government Securities Markets during 2009-11.

Dr. H. Vinod Bhat (Pro Vice Chancellor, Manipal University)

Dr. H. Vinod Bhat joined Kasturba Medical College, Manipal in 1988 and served as a lecturer in the Department of Community Medicine. He rose to become the Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Additional Professor, Professor and Head of the Department of Community Medicine.

He was the Chief Medical Officer of Dr. TMA Pai Rotary Hospital, Karkala from 1988 to 2003 and has served as the Chief Operating Officer of Kasturba Hospital, Manipal in 2003 - 2004. He was the Registrar of Manipal University from 2005 to 2008. He was promoted as Pro Vice Chancellor in May 2010.
Dr. Bhat has rich experience in research and service projects. He has worked in various capacities as Project Medical Officer, Principal Investigator, Project Coordinator etc. for various projects, including those supported by USAID, NACO/INPEN, WHO, etc.

He is also involved in fund raising activities for the health care related humanitarian projects of Manipal University. He was responsible for starting the ophthalmic extension at Karkala Hospital.

He is recipient of the Fogarty International Center's Fellowship for attending the Summer Institute in University of Alabama, Birmingham, USA in July/August 2004. He was conferred the FRCP from Glasgow University in the year 2008.

 Dr H S Ballal (Pro Chancellor of Manipal University)

After having done his MBBS from the prestigious Mysore Medical College in 1966, Dr Ballal joined the then just introduced  post graduate program in Medical Radiodiagnosis at the Government Medical College, Bangalore. Earning his Diploma as well as Masters in Medical Radiodiagnosis and Imaging, Dr Ballal joined the Kasturba Medical College at Mangalore as a Faculty in 1971. He also underwent extensive training in the use of ultrasound and C.T. Scan at the St. Louis University, Missourie, USA .He became a Professor and Head of the Department of Radiodiagnosis and Imaging at KMC Mangalore in the year 1983. 

As a member of the medical fraternity, Dr HS Ballal has been a MD and DNB Guide for many young doctors; apart from being a postgraduate examiner in Radiodiagnosis of several Universities in India. He is a member of the Central Council of the Indian Radiological and Imaging Association and a member of the Advisory Board of Indian Journal of Radiology and Imaging. Dr Ballal has to his credit several publications in journals related to his field of specialization.

With his leadership qualities and dynamism he was called upon to shoulder  administrative responsibilities  at KMC, Mangalore as Associate Dean in 1997 and later as Dean in 2001. His meteoric rise as an effective and capable administrator earned for him the distinction of being  the Vice Chancellor of the Manipal University in the year 2003. The immense trust and faith reposed on him by the Management enabled him to be the first Pro Chancellor of Manipal University in 2007.
 Dr HS Ballal has maintained his connection with his primary profession of being a Medical Radio- diagnostician. In 2008, he co-authored a book ‘Peeping inside the human body’ which aimed at unraveling myths and mysteries connected to Radiology for the lay person as well as doubled as a handbook for medical students.  He is a nominee of the President of India in the Court of Assam University, Silchar.  He is a Life member of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and Indian Medical Association, Mangalore. Dr Ballal had also served as the  Chairman of the Higher Education Committee of FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry). He is also a Director on the Boards of many companies that make up the Bangalore based Manipal Education and Medical Group.

He has  received scores of honours and awards, such as ‘IBM Inspiring Vice Chancellor of the year’ award, ‘Education Personality of the Year Award’. He is also conferred “Vocational Excellence Award” instituted by Rotary Club of Mangalore in  recognition of his achievements in the field of medical education and in health care sector in the year 2009. In 2010, he was conferred Aryabhata International Awardand the “New Year Award 2008.”   Recently, he was honoured by the Bangalore Medical College, alumni association as one of the best teacher in the medical fraternity. 

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