The Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI Bank Ltd.), a public-sector apex financial institution which had evinced keen interest in the Gujarat experiment, was joined by the Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India (ICICI Bank Ltd.), Industrial Finance Corporation of India (IFCI Ltd.) and the State Bank of India (SBI) to sponsor an institution of this kind, and the Government of Gujarat expressed its willingness to support the same. While the four financial institutions agreed to provide capital and create a corpus fund sufficient to generate adequate interest-income to meet the minimum requirements of the proposed institute during its gestation period, the Gujarat Government pledged a 23-acre land for its physical facilities on the outskirts of Ahmedabad city.The sponsoring agencies were, however, absolutely clear that an institution committed to creativity and innovation must have a culture of creativity and hence, must enjoy maximum freedom in its internal functioning, conducive to exploration and experimentation. EDII was, therefore, set up as a wholly autonomous body under the Societies Registration Act on April 20, 1983. Since its inception, EDII has functioned under its own independent Board.
Mr. Rakesh Sharma, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of IDBI Bank Ltd. is one of the first two private bankers to lead a state-run bank. Previously, Mr. Sharma was MD & CEO of Lakshmi Vilas Bank and Canara Bank. He has also held several key positions at State bank of India during his more than thirty years of tenure. A seasoned banker with over three decades of experience primarily in retail and wholesale banking, corporate credit, asset liability management, loan syndication, industrial relations and human resources, Mr. Sharma has also held portfolios including lending to mid-corporate accounts in Andhra Pradesh region and supervising retail operations in the states of Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Western UP. Earlier, he also served as Chief Executive Officer of SBI Japan where he steered and directed operations of SBI branches in Tokyo and Osaka.
Shri Manoj Kumar Das is an IAS officer of the 1990 Gujarat cadre. Presently the Addl. Chief Secretary, Industries and Mines Department, Government of Gujarat, he has previously held various important portfolios, including Director (J&K Affairs), Home Ministry, Government of India and Principal Secretary - Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department.
Shri Das specialises in revenue administration, urban management and civic issues, law and order, and disaster management. In the year 1999, he was also awarded for best performance in Rural Development at the hands of the Hon’ble Governor of the State. Shri Das also has eight national awards to his credit for best performance in various sectors while working as the Municipal Commissioner, Surat and Vadodara.
Dr. Sailendra Narain, Chairman, Centre for SME Growth & Development Finance and Former Chairman and Managing Director, Small Industries Development Bank of India, is a national expert on SME policies and programmes. Dr. Narain helped us forge a strong alliance with SIDBI. He is actively involved in giving direction to EDII on the research work that it undertakes as also the project to promote entrepreneurship in the Greater Mekong Sub-region.
Padmashree Awardee-2013 Shri. Milind Kamble, a civil engineer by profession, is the Chairman of the Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI), a Pune-based non-profit community organization, which he founded to bring together entrepreneurs from among the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and to promote the culture of entrepreneurship among them. It is his passion to follow in the footsteps on Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar in promoting economic empowerment of Dalits. In 2003 he founded the SC/ST Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a first of its kind in history, as an umbrella organisation of entrepreneurs from these sections. Later, in 2005, he renamed it as the Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Within a few years Mr. Kamble has brought DICCI into the national mainstream. In 2012, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) gave clearance to setting up a DICCI SME Fund which is aimed at providing Dalit entrepreneurs with requisite capital and managerial skills.
Prof. Achyuta Samanta defeated all odds and adversities to not just obtain his Doctorate Degree in Social Science but went on to create the prestigious Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) in 1992-1993. While KIIT has become one of the most acclaimed and recognized Indian Universities that provides Professional Education to 27,000 students from India and abroad, KISS has become world's largest tribal educational institution. It is a home to 25000 poorest of the poor tribal children who are given free education from Kindergarten to Post graduation along with other avenues of Comprehensive Development. Prof. Samanta’s initiatives have become the pride of Odisha, India and the world today. He strongly believes that his cause is not only about providing opportunities and arranging certain facilities for the deprived but aim at bringing about complete transformation among children. Besides Education, Prof. Samanta’s primary domains of intervention have been Rural Development, Women Empowerment, Social Service, Low-Cost Health Care Facilities, Art, Literature, Media, Culture, Entertainment and Spiritualism.
Professor Amarlal H Kalro is an educationist with 50 years of experience in academic institutions in India and abroad. He has contributed extensively to educational policy and establishment of educational institutions. He is presently Professor Emeritus, Ahmedabad University and Academic Advisor, Ahmedabad Education Society.
Professor Kalro obtained his BTech (Hons.) degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1963, and his MS and PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA in 1967 and 1969 respectively. He is a recipient of several scholastic and teaching excellence awards. His research publications are in the areas of OR modeling, inventory management, organization behavior, irrigation and water management, management of educational institutions and institution building in reputed International and Indian Journals.
Ms. Rajshree Paatil is Executive Director, Business Development with the Surya Group, Pune. Ms. Paatil is a renowned professional in the field of training & development and Administration. She is skilled in planning, organizing, and leading training programs and ensuring proper execution at all levels. Her areas of specialization include Goal Setting, Team Building, Motivational skills, Positive Thinking, Time Management, Leadership Qualities, Situational Leadership, Stress Management, Planning and Prioritizing, Conflict Management, Smart selling, Competitive Intelligence, Interpersonal Skills, Presentation Skills , Business Communication, Effective Communication & Mind Power. EDII intends to draw great learning from Ms. Paatil’s expertise.
Shri Anil Bhardwaj is Secretary General of Federation of Indian Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME). He has worked extensively in the fields of international trade and SME development. He has advised or led several SME development projects supported by multilateral and bilateral donor agencies in India. Initially, he was involved in international trade and subsequently began working on SME issues at FISME. He is currently leading the SME development projects supported by prestigious international insitutions.
Dr. Sunil Shukla, Ph.D. in Psychology, specializes in entrepreneurship education, corporate entrepreneurship, human resource management and behavioural science. His work in these domains has significantly improved the entrepreneurial ecosystem and has helped in instituting interventions leading to enterprise growth and corporate strategy formulation. As a researcher and consultant, he has explored an expansive range of areas, including; entry barriers to entrepreneurship, curriculum development, intrapreneurship, family business management and organizational culture. He also leads the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) India, which is the largest study of entrepreneurial dynamics. His entrepreneurship growth model for the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries has been recognized for ensuing development and trade in the region. Several organizations and Departments of various Ministries of the Government have him on their Governing Board.