Basant Kumar Birla

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Basant Kumar Birla
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B. K. Birla
Born (1921-02-04) February 4, 1921 (age 93)
Kolkata, India
Residence Kolkata
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Marwari
Known for Industrialist
Home town Pilani
Religion Hindu
Spouse(s) Sarala Birla
Parents Ghanshyam Das Birla
Signature B. K. Birla

Basant Kumar Birla (born February 4, 1921)[1] 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.

Biography[edit]

Birla, the youngest son of philanthropist Ghanshyam Das Birla, was born on 4 February 1921.[2] 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.[citation needed] In response, the Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie I, awarded him the medal of the Order of Menelik II, the highest Ethiopian award.[citation needed]

In April 1942, he married Sarala, the daughter of activist and writer Brijlal Biyani.[3] They had a son, Aditya Vikram Birla, and two daughters, Jayashree Mohta and Manjushree Khaitan.

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.

Companies[edit]

  • 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

Philanthropy[edit]

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:

Awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Himatsingka, Anuradha (6 August 2005). "Basant Kumar Birla: Grandpa of India Inc". The Economic Times. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "B.K. Birla Centre of Education". 
  3. ^ "Story of India's prominent family". 

External links[edit]

Documentary Film on Century Rayon - Tyre Cord Plant by Makshi Infotech