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Lifetime Achievement Award

Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja (1967 Batch)Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja (1967 Batch): Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja is the first IAF officer to have completed a post graduate course in ‘National Security Strategy’ at the National War College in USA. Simultaneously, he has also done the International Fellowship Programme at the National Defence University in 2000-2001. Air Marshal Kukreja was the Deputy Chief IDS (DCIDS) looking after Doctrines, Organisation and Training from March 2008 to February 2010, when he was appointed DCIDS (Operations). He took over as AOC-in-C of Training Command on 1 December 2010. He is a recipient of the Vishisht Seva Medal, the Ati Vishishit Seva Medal, and the Param Vishisht Seva Medal for his distinguished service.


Ambassador Pavan K. Varma (1967 Batch)Ambassador Pavan K. Varma (1967 Batch): Pavan K. Varma, born in November 1953, is a graduate of St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi where he studied History (Honours) and received the first position. Subsequently, he acquired a degree in Law. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1976. His career as a diplomat has seen him serve in several countries, including New York and Moscow. In New York, he was with India’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations. He also served as Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Group of 77. In Moscow, he was the Director of the Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Centre in the Indian Embassy. He has also been High Commissioner of India to Cyprus as well as Director of the Nehru Centre in London. His assignments in India include that of Press Secretary to the President of India, Spokesman in the Ministry of External Affairs, Joint Secretary for Africa and Director General of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi, Indian Ambassador to Bhutan.Pavan K. Varma took voluntary retirement from the Indian Foreign Service in 2012 to enter public life and is presently a Member of the Rajya Sabha.


Dinesh Dhamija (1967 Batch)Dinesh Dhamija (1967 Batch): Mr. Dinesh Dhamija is a British-Indian business entrepreneur who founded the successful online travel agency Ebookers. He attained his MA in law from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. He began his professional career in IBM, and founded Flightbookers, a travel agency with three established premises. Flightbookers also became the General Sales Agent for four airlines in the UK and Europe, and was the first travel agent to launch an interactive travel website in the UK. In 1999 it was separated to form Ebookers.com and the new company taken public with a flotation on the Nasdaq in New York and Germany's Neuer Markt. Mr. Dhamija was awarded the 2003 Entrepreneur of the Year award by the Management Today magazine. More recently, he was the founder and chairman of the Copper Beech Group, a firm involved in residential property development in Romania and education infrastructure in India.


Justice Vikramajit Sen (1967 Batch)Justice Vikramajit Sen (1967 Batch): Justice Vikramajit Sen is a former judge of the Supreme Court of India. He graduated from St. Stephen's College with a BA (Hons.) degree in History and completed his LL.B from Faculty of Law, Delhi University. He has practiced in all courts of Delhi, primarily in the Delhi High Court. He has also been appointed as Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court before being elevated and appointed as a judge in the Supreme Court of India.


Lt. General Deepak Raj (1967 Batch)Lt. General Deepak Raj (1967 Batch): Lt. General Deepak Raj is a recipient of 'SENA MEDAL' for Gallantry of an Exceptional Order from the Union Govt. of India.


Rakesh Mehta (1968 Batch)Rakesh Mehta (1968 Batch):


Anirudh C. Uppal (1969 Batch)Anirudh C. Uppal (1969 Batch): Mr. Anirudh Uppal is an alumnus of St. Stephen's college, and an IPS officer. In 2010 he was appointed the head of the CRPF in Jammu and Kashmir.


Arun Jaitley (1969 Batch)Arun Jaitley (1969 Batch): Mr. Arun Jaitley is one of the prominent leaders of the BJP and the Finance Minister & Minister of Corporate Affairs in the government of India. He graduated in Commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi in 1973. He passed his Law degree from the University of Delhi, in 1977.Jaitley has always emerged as a strategic planner of the BJP, helping his party member Narendra Modi win the assembly election in 2002. As the General Secretary, he managed eight assembly elections, which proved victorious for the BJP. He was re-elected to the Rajya Sabha in April 2012 for his third term. He has also acted as the Vice President of the BCCI.


Dr. Ashok Alexander (1969 Batch)Dr. Ashok Alexander (1969 Batch): Dr. Ashok Alexander is the Founder-Director of the Antara Foundation, dedicated to public health delivery at scale. As its India Country Director, he led the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s India office from its inception in 2003, until 2012. There he created Avahan, which became the best ever private prevention program in HIV, and a model of scaling up health delivery.He has also acted as the Director for McKinsey and Company in New Delhi and New York.


Dr. Shekhar Agarwal (1969 Batch)Dr. Shekhar Agarwal (1969 Batch): Dr. Shekhar Aggarwal is the most renowned the best knee replacement surgeons in Delhi and in India as well. He has been awarded several accreditations for his expertise and knowledge-base in knee and hip replacement techniques known worldwide. Dr. Shekhar has spent around three decades in serving patients required hip replacement and knee replacement surgeries. Apart from comfortable surgery and post surgery care, Dr. Shekhar and his team provides complete patient care while performing all needed surgical and non surgical procedures with complete perfection. He also founded the Sant Paramanand Hospital in Civil Lines, Delhi.


Harish Manwani (1969 Batch)Harish Manwani (1969 Batch): Mr. Harish Manwani is the chief operating officer of Unilever, non-executive chairman of Hindustan Unilever and a director of Whirlpool Corporation.In 1976, Manwani joined the then Hindustan Lever Limited. He became a member of the board and took the responsibility of Personal Products business as Director. He also took care of business group in Central Asia and Middle East.He became Senior Vice President of Global Hair Care and Oral Care in 2001 and moved to the UK. The next year he was appointed President of Home and Personal Care of the Latin America division. He was also made Chairman of Unilever's Latin America Advisory Council.He became President and CEO of HPC North America in 2004.He joined Unilever in 2005 as President of Asia and Africa division. He was also made non-executive chairman of Hindustan Unilever.He is also a member of the Executive Board of the Indian School of Business and serves on the Supervisory Board of ING Groep NV.He was appointed as the global COO for Unilever in June 2011.[2] He retired on December 31, 2014, after more than 38 years of service. He was awarded the Asia Business Leader of the Year 2008 by CNBC Asia.


Air Marshal Ravi Kant Sharma (1970 Batch)Air Marshal Ravi Kant Sharma (1970 Batch):Air Marshal Ravi Kant Sharma isan alumnus of the National Defence Academy, and was commissioned in the IAF in June 1975 as a fighter pilot. During his long and distinguished career, the Air Marshal commanded a Combat Squadron of the IAF, the Air Force Test Pilot School, Prototype Test Squadron at Aircraft & Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE) and a major Air Force base. A graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, he has been the Project Director (Flight Test) of the ongoing Light Combat Aircraft Project. He had earlier held the appointments of Assistant Chief of the Integrated Defence Staff (Financial Planning), Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Plans), Deputy Chief of the Air Staff and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command. He has been honoured with the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Vayusena Medal and Aide-de-Camp. Before retiring, he was the Vice Chief of the Air Staff.


Lt. Gen. Philip Campose (1970 Batch)Lt. Gen. Philip Campose (1970 Batch): The general was first commissioned into 9 Gorkha Rifles in 1974 and was later transferred to the Mechanised Infantry Regiment in 1982. He served as an instructor at National Defence Academy, Defence Services Staff College and at the tactical wing of Armoured Corps Centre and School (ACCS).He was a Brigade Major of an Armoured Brigade and also Colonel of General Staff of a counter insurgency division in north-east India. His appointments at the army headquarters include Deputy Director General of Strategy at the Directorate of Perspective Planning. He also served as the Chief Staff Officer (Land Vector) at the headquarters of Strategic Forces Command. As a commanding officer, he headed a mechanised infantry battalion and also an infantry division near the Line of Control in J&K. While he was deputed to United Nations, he was the head of UN peace keeping missions in former Yugoslavia and Northern Iraq.In 2013, on being promoted to the rank to Army Commander, he was appointed as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Command, prior to his appointment as the Vice Chief of the Army Staff (VCOAS) of Indian Army. He succeeded Lieutenant General Dalbir Singh as the Vice Chief of Army Staff, and served in the position until he was superannuated on 31 July 2015. He was awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal by the President of India for his distinguished service to the country.


Ramu Damodaran (1970 Batch)Ramu Damodaran (1970 Batch):Ramu Damodaran is Deputy Director for Partnerships and Public Engagement in the United Nations Department of Public Information’s Outreach Division. He was earlier Chief of its Civil Society Service from November 2002. His responsibilities focus particularly on outreach to, and partnerships with, the non-governmental, academic and private sector constituencies, as well as to the general public.


Lt. Gen. Rajan Bakhshi (1972 Batch)Lt. Gen. Rajan Bakhshi (1972 Batch): Lt. Gen. Rajan Bakhshi is a retired Indian Army General officer, who previously served asthe General Officer Commanding-in-Chief. He has served the nation for 38 years by holding the prestigious Command, Staff and Instructional appointments in the Army. In 2012, he was assigned the Command of a Corps in Ladakh, an area having extremely difficult terrain and weather conditions. His Command area also included the Siachen Glacier, the highest battlefield in the world. In recognition of his distinguished service rendered while Commanding in this area, he has been awarded Uttam Yudh Seva Medal by the President of India on the eve of Republic Day 2014.


Alok Verma (1974 Batch)Alok Verma (1974 Batch): Mr. Alok Verma is an IPS officer of Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre. Currently, he is serving as the Commissioner of Delhi Police. He had joined as DG of Tihar in August2014 after serving as Special Commissioner of Police (Administration). He served Delhi Police in number of positions, including Deputy Commissioner of Police, South District, Joint Commissioner of the Crime Branch, Joint Commissioner of Police, New Delhi Range, Special CP (Intelligence) and Special CP, Vigilance.He had served as the Inspector General of Police in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Director General of Police (DGP) of Puducherry.


Gopal Subramanuim (1974 Batch)Gopal Subramanuim (1974 Batch): Mr. Gopal Subramanuim is an Indian lawyer and Senior Advocate who practices primarily in the Supreme Court of India and the Delhi High Court.Beginning his career in 1980-81, he was appointed standing counsel for the Union of India in the Supreme Court in 1983 and a decade later was nominated suo motu by the full court and designated as senior advocate by the Supreme Court.Mr. Subramanium was appointed Additional Solicitor-General in 2005 and continued in the post till the completion of the elections to the 15th Lok Sabha in May 2009.He also served as the Solicitor General of India from 2009-2011.


Harsha Vardhana Singh (1974 Batch)Harsha Vardhana Singh (1974 Batch): Harsha Vardhana Singh completed his Masters in Economics from Delhi in 1979 and went to the University of Oxford (UK) as a Rhodes Scholar from India to obtain his M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Economics. He has been the Deputy Director General, WTO, Geneva, since October 2005. His responsibilitiesinclude areas of Agriculture, Services, Trade and Environment, Sanitary andPhytosanitary Measures, and Technical Barriers to Trade. He has also served at the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), first asEconomic Advisor, TRAI (four years) and then as Secretary TRAI (four years). GATT/WTO Secretariat, Geneva. Served in various parts of theorganisation, including the Office of the WTO Director General, Trade and Environmentand Technical Barriers to Trade, Rules, Trade Policy Review, and Economic Researchand Analysis. He has been a consultant to various organisations such as the ILO, UNCTAD, World Bank, and Bureauof Industrial Costs and Prices (Ministry of Industry, Government of India). He was appointed as the Adjunct Professor in the Centre for International Legal Studies, School ofInternational Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University for a period of two years with effectfrom the Monsoon Semester 2009. Earlier, he was an honorary Professor at the Indian Councilfor Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), and Visiting Faculty at theTERI School of Advanced Studies for their MA in Regulatory Studies.


Dr. Arun Sethi (1975 Batch)Dr. Arun Sethi (1975 Batch): Dr. Arun Sethi is an Ophthalmologist/Eye Surgeon and Cataract and Refractive Surgeon, and has an experience of 33 years in these fields. Dr. Sethi practices at Arunodaya Deseret Eye Hospital in Gurgaon Sector 55, Gurgaon and Dr. Sethi's Eye Care Centre in New Friends Colony, Delhi. He completed MBBS from Christian Medical College, Ludhiana in 1982 and MS - Ophthalmology from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh in 1987.He is a member of All India Ophthalmological Society, AAO - American Academy of Ophthalmology and Delhi Ophthalmological Society (DOS). Some of the services provided by the doctor are: Pachymetry, Diabetic Eye Checkup, Vitreoretinal Surgery, Refractive Surgery and Trabeculectomy.


Dr. Ishwar K. Puri (1976 Batch)Dr. Ishwar K. Puri (1976 Batch): Dr. Ishwar K. Puri is dean of the Faculty of Engineering and professor of mechanical engineering at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He is also an associate member of the departments of engineering physics, and materials science and engineering. Dr. Puri has directed and mentored the Multi-physics Research Group (MuRG) whose members reside worldwide. Dr. Puri is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He serves as Secretary of the American Academy of Mechanics, on the executive committee of the international Global Engineering Deans Council, on the executive of the Canadian National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science (NCDEAS) and as chair of its public policy committee.At McMaster, Dr. Puri leads a Faculty that is organised into two schools, the student-centred research-focused School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the student-centred practice-focused Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology (SEPT). He has also received the Xavarian Excellence Award.


Upamanyu Chatterjee (1976 Batch)Upamanyu Chatterjee (1976 Batch): Upamanyu Chatterjeeis an Indian civil servant who currently serves as Joint Secretary to Government of India on the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board. He is a 1983 batch Indian Administrative Service officer from Maharashtra Cadre.Chatterjee has written a handful of short stories of which “The Assassination of Indira Gandhi” and “Watching Them” are particularly noteworthy. His best-selling novel, “English, August : An Indian story” (subsequently made into a major film), was published in 1988 and has since been reprinted several times.His second novel, “The Last Burden”, appeared in 1993. “The Mammaries of the Welfare State” was published at the end of 2000 as a sequel to “English, August.” His fourth novel, “Weight Loss”, a dark comedy, was published in 2006.His fifth was “Way To Go”, a sequel to “The Last Burden” published in 2010. His most recent work is “Fairy Tales at Fifty”, published in 2014, another kind of dark comedy that combines the fantasy of fairy tales and reality.In 2009, he was awarded Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in recognition of his "exemplary contribution to contemporary literature.” Earlier in 2004, he was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for The Mammaries of the Welfare State. The novel Way To Go was shortlisted for The Hindu Best Fiction Award in 2010.


Raghav Bahl (1979 Batch)Raghav Bahl (1979 Batch): Mr. Raghav Bahl is the founder of Quintillion Media Pvt. Ltd, a new digital media venture. He founded TV18 and Network18, an Indian mass media company and served as its Controlling Shareholder and Managing Director till it was acquired by Reliance Industries. He started his career in media in 1985 as a Correspondent and Anchorperson for Doordarshan. He was the Anchorperson and Production Consultant for India's first monthly video newsmagazine, Newstrack, produced by the India Today group. From 1991 to 1993 he was the Executive Director of Business India Television and produced the Business India Show and Business A.M. on Doordarshan.Raghav is a member of World Economic Forum (WEF).


Anil Rai Gupta (1987 Batch)Anil Rai Gupta (1987 Batch): Mr. Anil Rai Gupta has been the Executive Chairman and Managing Director of Havells India Ltd. since November 13, 2014, and served as Joint Managing Director of Havells India Ltd. since 2006. He has also served as an Executive Director of Havells India Ltd. since September 30, 1992, and a Director of Janalakshmi Financial Services Limited. Mr. Gupta holds a B.A. in Economics and MBA in Marketing and Finance from Wake Forest University, North Calorina, USA.


Dr. Nikhil Tandon (1981 Batch)Dr. Nikhil Tandon (1981 Batch): Dr. Nikhil Tandon is an Indian endocrinologist, medical academic and the head of the department of endocrinology, metabolism and diabetes at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He is a recipient of Dr. B. C. Roy Award, the highest Indian medical award in 2005, and was honoured by the Government of India in 2015 with Padma Shri, the fourth highest Indian civilian award.He secured his master's degree (MD) from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi, obtained his doctoral degree (PhD) from the University of Cambridge and returned to India in 1993 to join AIIMS as a member of its faculty. He has stayed with AIIMS ever since and is a professor and the head of the department of endocrinology, metabolism and diabetes at the institution.Tandon is a former vice president of the National Academy of Sciences, Indiaand a president and the incumbent general secretary of the Indian Society for Bone and Mineral Research. He has served as an executive committee member of the Endocrine Society of India and is its president. He is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India and a fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal College of Physicians of London. He has been associated with several national and international bodies such as Indian Council of Medical Research, Defence Research and Development Organization, Department of Biotechnology, National Institutes of Health, Institute for International Health and British Heart Foundation for research on thyroid epidemiology, diabetes and metabolic bone diseases and has participated in many clinical trials.


Rahul Ram (1981 Batch)Rahul Ram (1981 Batch): Mr. Rahul Ram is an Indian bass guitarist, social activist and music composer. He plays bass guitar in the band Indian Ocean which he joined in 1991. He had been playing bass guitar since junior school in the 1970s.After graduating from St. Stephens, Rahul joined IIT Kanpur for his Masters degree, following with he obtained his Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology from Cornell University. Inside his group, he is known as Logic Baba because of his rationality. He has composed music and done playback singing in Bollywood. Rahul, along with Indian Ocean member Asheem, has sung 'Yaara Maula' in an Anurag Kashayap's Gulaal. Rahul Ram has also sung"Dhuan" in movie D-Day (2013).


Ajay Maken (1982 Batch)Ajay Maken (1982 Batch): Shri Ajay Maken is prominent leader of Indian National Congress. Ajay Maken has a degree of B.A. from University of Delhi. He was President of Delhi University Students Union during 1985-86.Under the guidance of his family members Ajay Maken came into politics and was later elected as the President of Delhi Transport Corporation Trade Union.He has also served as Ex-Speaker of Delhi Assembly and Cabinet Minister for Power, Tourism and Transport Government of Delhi. He has been appointed as Congress president of Delhi state by the Congress leadership to infuse new confidence in the party in Delhi. Mr. Maken has served as Member of Delhi Legislative Assembly in three terms from 1993-2004, Cabinet Minister, Transport, Power and Tourism, Govt. of Delhi, 2001-2003, Speaker, Delhi Legislative Assembly, 2003-2004, Union Minister of State in Urban Development, 2006-2009, Union Minister of State, Home Affairs, 2009 - 18 Jan 2011, Union Minister of State, Youth Affairs and Sports, 19 Jan 2011 - 28 Oct 2012, and is currently the Union Cabinet Minister, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation.