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Indian alumni of Purdue include founders, chairmen and leaders of pharmaceutical firms, automotive manufacturers, IT companies and financial institutions; a Bharat Ratna award winner; a member of the Parliament of India; world-leading faculty members; and more. India has a new alumni network leadership team that is working on a series of regional events and an annual national event to keep Purdue alumni connected to their alma mater and to their Boilermaker friends who are now back at home. Purdue pride runs deep! Check out a selection of alumni profiles here.

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Purdue-India Executive Council

During his visit to India October 28-31, 2015, President Daniels announced a new Purdue-India Executive Council, which will serve as a high-level advisory board to the university on its strategic engagement with the country. The eleven current council members are Purdue alumni or former faculty:

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Vijay Chandru earned his doctorate in Operations Research at MIT in 1982 and joined the faculty of Industrial Engineering at Purdue soon after. He served at Purdue for the next ten years before moving to the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. He was elected a fellow of the Indian Academy of Science in 1996 and the Indian National Academy of Engineering in 2010. Vijay was a co-inventor of the “Simputer,” India’s first handheld computer in 2001. Vijay now leads India’s largest precision medicine company Strand Life Sciences, the first example of faculty entrepreneurship in India. He was awarded the President’s Medal of INFORMS (Institute for Operations research and Management Science, USA) and Technology Pioneer of the World Economic Forum in 2006. The national magazine India Today named Vijay in the list of 50 Pioneers of Change in 2008.

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Madhavi Desai earned her Master of Science in Sociology from Purdue in 1988. With over 25 years of education consulting experience, she pioneered education consulting in India, creating the first-ever counseling firm in India in 1989. She is Founder and CEO of Madhavi Desai Consulting, a professional firm that counsels students who desire to study abroad and in India. In 1989 she established the Bombay office, followed by the Baroda office in 2002, and the Surat office in 2010. Today the firm has grown to 45 young women professionals. It was the first professional organization that envisioned offering complete guidance for students who want to study abroad. Mrs. Desai has personally advised over 23,000 students since her firm’s inception.

Habil Khorakiwala profile picture

Habil Khorakiwala is the Founder Chairman of Wockhardt Limited, a leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical company headquartered in Mumbai, India. He is also Chancellor of Jamia Hamdard University. In 2004, he received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Healthcare and Life Sciences category. In 2012, he was recognized during Frost & Sullivan’s annual India Healthcare Excellence Awards with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Habil Khorakiwala earned his Master of Science in Pharmacy from Purdue in 1966 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Pharmacy in 2010. He also participated in the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Bhargav Kotadia profile picture

Bhargav Kotadia graduated from Purdue with a Bachelor of Science in Management in 2011. He is Executive Director of Sahajanand Group of Companies, which was founded by his father. The Sahajanand Group consists of three businesses: Sahajanand Medical Technologies, Sahajanand Technologies, and Sahajanand Life Sciences. Bhargav has served in a number of senior management positions, overseeing projects and corporate development in mid-size companies in the healthcare and high-tech capital machinery industries. Bhargav is a leader of the Purdue Alumni India Network.

Akshay Kothari profile picture

Akshay Kothari is the country manager and head of product at LinkedIn India, LinkedIn’s second biggest market. He is also a fellow with the Aspen Institute, an innovation lab and leadership development program for corporate entrepreneurs. Akshay was the co-founder of Pulse, a mobile application that allows a reader to access news and information from 750 publishers, which was acquired by LinkedIn in 2013. He earned an MS in electrical engineering from Stanford University and a BS in electrical engineering from Purdue University. He currently serves on Purdue’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Board.

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Munesh Makhija is Vice President, GE and Managing Director of GE India Technology Center, where he leads GE's R&D efforts in India and drives growth by enhancing technical capability and new product development. Munesh is also CTO for GE South Asia, focusing on regional market-relevant innovation directed at developing digital industrial solutions for energy, transportation and healthcare. Prior to his current role, Munesh held various leadership positions within GE, including vice president for global research at GE Healthcare. He has also served as CTO for GE Healthcare India. Munesh joined GE in 2003 as an engineering director. He earned an MS in electrical engineering from Purdue University.

Ritu Nanda profile picture

Ritu Nanda is a Director and Founding Partner of Alok Nanda and Company. ANC is India’s leading branding and communication consultancy in the lifestyle, luxury and the corporate communication space. Prior to ANC, Ritu was with Grey Worldwide. She joined Grey in 1985 after completing her Masters in Animal Science, from Purdue University. Ritu is also on the board of the Salaam Bombay Foundation, which empowers vulnerable “at-risk” children from Mumbai's poorest communities to make the right choices and stay in school. She is actively involved in guiding the communication and branding of the Sanctuary Nature Foundation, India’s leading wildlife and conservation NGO.

G V Prasad profile picture

G V Prasad leads the core team at Dr. Reddy’s that has contributed significantly to its transformation from a mid-sized domestic operation into a worldwide pharmaceutical conglomerate. He is the Co-chairman and CEO of Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd., which is headquartered in Hyderabad, India. A Chemical Engineer from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Prasad also holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Administration from Purdue University. He was declared India's Best CEO in the Large Company category by Business Today in 2014 and India Business Leader of the Year by CNBC Asia in 2015.

Bharat Ratna C N R Rao profile picture

Bharat Ratna C N R Rao is a chemist and Head of Prime Minister Modi’s Scientific Advisory Council. Dr. Rao graduated from Purdue in 1958 with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Chemistry and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Science in 1982. He is the Linus Pauling Research Professor and Honorary President of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR). He is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Materials at UC Santa Barbara. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, the Indian Academy of Sciences, and the Indian National Science Academy. He is a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences and a Founding Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences. Dr. Rao has received many awards for scholarship and science and was the first recipient of the India Science Award instituted by the Government of India.

G V Sanjay Reddy profile picture

G V Sanjay Reddy is the Vice Chairman of GVK, a conglomerate with interests in Energy, Airports, Transportation, Resources, Real Estate, Hospitality and Life Sciences. He was instrumental in making GVK the largest private airport operator in India, by owning, developing and operating the Mumbai and Bengaluru airports, which handle over 50 million passengers per year. He founded GVK Biosciences, which is one of Asia’s largest contract research organizations employing more than 2000 scientists. He is involved with GVK EMRI 108 service, which is the world’s largest ambulance service offered free of cost to over 800 million people across India and having saved more than one million lives until date. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Venu Srinivasan profile picture

Venu Srinivasan received his Master of Science in Management degree from Purdue in 1977 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Management in 2014. In 2010, the President of India awarded him the Padma Shri award for his contributions in the field of trade and industry. Additionally, the Republic of Korea appointed him as the Goodwill Envoy for Public Diplomacy in January 2015. In the past, he has held various important positions in the Indian Industry, including Chairman of National Safety Council for the Government of India and President of the Confederation of Indian Industries. Dr. Srinivasan currently serves as the Chairman of Sundaram-Clayton Group, Chairman and Managing Director of TVS Motor Company, and Managing Trustee of Srinivasan Services Trust (SST).

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