Basant Kumar Birla
|Basant Kumar Birla|
B. K. Birla
4 February 1921 |
|Parent(s)||Ghanshyam Das Birla|
Basant Kumar Birla (born 4 February 1921) is an Indian businessman of the Birla family. He is chairman of the Krishnarpan Charity Trust, BK Birla Institute of Engineering & Technology (BKBIET), and various educational trusts and institutes.
Birla, the youngest son of philanthropist Ghanshyam Das Birla, was born on 4 February 1921. By fifteen years of age, he was already actively associated with a large number of companies and eventually became the chairman of Kesoram Industries.[when?] In this role, he concentrated on the industries of cotton, viscose, polyester and nylon yarns, refractory, paper, shipping, tyrecord, transparent paper, spun pipe, cement, tea, coffee, cardamom, chemicals, plywood, MDF Board, etc.
He later[when?] established the Indo Ethiopian Textiles Share Company, which was the first major joint venture by any Indian industrialist. In response, the Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie I, awarded him the medal of the Order of Menelik II, the highest Ethiopian award.
He is currently the chairman of the Krishnarpan Charity Trust, which runs an engineering college named BK Birla Institute of Engineering & Technology in pilani, Rajasthan, and the Swargashram Trust, which administers a Sanskrit school in Rishikesh. He is the author of several books, including an autobiography entitled Svantah Sukhaya.
- Century Enka Limited
- Century Textiles & Industries Limited
- Jay Shree Tea & Industries
- Kesoram Industries Limited
- Mangalam Cement Limited
- Pilani Investment & Industries Corporation Limited
- Vasavadatta Cement Sedam
- Jay Shree Sugar Mills
- Birla Tyres and Cement
- Maihar Cement
He has made notable contributions through his social and institutional activities and takes an active part in their working. He is associated as governor, trustee, or otherwise by establishing the following institutions:
- Medal of the Order of Menelik II
- Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau (the Netherlands)
- Officer of the Order of the Crown (Belgium)
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