Basant Kumar Birla

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Basant Kumar Birla
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B. K. Birla
Born (1921-01-12) 12 January 1921 (age 98)
Kolkata, India
Known forIndustrialist
Home townPilani
Spouse(s)Late Sarla Birla
Parent(s)Ghanshyam Das Birla
B. K. Birla

Basant Kumar Birla (born 12 January 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 12 January 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.[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, after having been introduced to each other by Jamnalal Bajaj and Mahatma Gandhi. 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. He also established Birla Public School in Qatar. More than 10,000 students study there.

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