Rakesh Bharti Mittal is the President of Nehru Siddhant Kender Trust and is also the Vice-Chairman of Bharti Enterprises, one of India’s leading business groups with interests in telecom, agri-food business, financial services, realty, and communication & media devices. Bharti Airtel, the flagship company of Bharti Enterprises is a global telecommunications company with operations in 18 countries across South Asia and Africa. The company ranks amongst the top three mobile operators globally and its mobile network covers a population of over two billion people. Airtel is India’s largest integrated telecom provider and the second largest mobile operator in Africa. Bharti Infratel, a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel, is a leading provider of passive telecom infrastructure in India. Bharti has joint ventures with several global leaders: Singtel, AXA, Del Monte, SoftBank, and Brightstar.
Rakesh is the Chairman - Bharti AXA Life Insurance, Bharti AXA General Insurance and Field Fresh Foods. He is also a Non-Executive Director - Bharti Airtel and Managing Director - Bharti Realty Limited.
Rakesh served as the President of CII for the year 2018-19. He has been the Chair of several CII Councils and Committees at the National level.
Rakesh is the Co-Chair of the India-Uzbekistan Business Council. He is also a member of India-UK CEO Forum, India-Japan Business Leaders’ Forum, India Pakistan Joint Business Forum (IPJBF), Founders Circle - Brookings India and the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). Rakesh is a member of the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA), Member of the Governing Board of Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and Member of the Advisory Board of Pranab Mukherjee Foundation. Rakesh also serves as a member of the Economic Advisory Council – Government of Haryana. In the past, he served as a member of Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), Society of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the National Food Processing Development Council (NFPDC), MOFPI, Government of India. Rakesh also served as the Honorary Consul for Republic of Sierra Leone in India from 2014 to 2020.
A passionate advocate of right to good education, Rakesh serves on Boards of several educational institutions. He is a member of All India Board of Studies for Post-Graduate Education and Research in Engineering & Technology (AIB-PGERT), Board of Indian School of Business (ISB) and Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Bharti Institute of Public Policy at ISB Mohali. Rakesh is the Co-Chairman of the Advisory Board of Bharti School of Telecommunication Technology & Management at IIT Delhi. He is a Member of the Court at Bennett University. He serves as member of the Managing Society and Governing Board of Dayanand Medical College & Hospital, Ludhiana. He is also the President of Nehru Sidhant Kender Trust and also the Chairman of the Governing Council of Sat Paul Mittal School.
In the past, he has served on the Advisory Council of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) - Delhi, a member of the Board of Governors of Thapar University, the Punjab Education Development Board and Member of the Executive Council at Uttarakhand Open University. Rakesh served as a member of the ‘Round Table on School Education’ for Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India. He also served as a member of the International Advisory Council of Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dallas, USA and the Executive Council of YMCA University of Science and Technology. Rakesh was also a member of India – Canada CEOs Forum and Punjab Investment Advisory Council (PIAC).
Rakesh believes that a responsible corporate has a duty to give back to the community in which it operates. This belief has resulted in Bharti Foundation, which operates nearly 200 Satya Bharti Schools as well as supports over 800 government schools under Quality Support Program to ensure holistic education for over 275,000 under-privileged children in villages across 16 States. With a focus on the girl child, the Satya Bharti Schools provide free education, mid-day meals, books and uniforms to all the children. Supporting the Prime Minister’s mission of Swachh Bharat, Bharti Foundation launched Satya Bharti Abhiyan and has provided over 25,000 individual household toilets in Ludhiana and rural Amritsar, impacting lives of over 1,86,000 beneficiaries and enabled these areas to become open defecation free.
Rakesh has been awarded the Honorary Doctor of Civil Law Degree by Newcastle University, UK. He is a recipient of several awards including the prestigious ’Horasis – Indian Business Leader of the Year 2016 Award (Internationalization), ‘Institute of Engineers - Engineering Excellence Award 2004’, and ‘LMA - Entrepreneur of the year Award 1992’. In 2019, the Satish Chander Dhawan (S.C.D) College, Ludhiana bestowed Rakesh with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for his invaluable contributions in business, different areas of public interest, and nation as a whole.
Mr Sunil Gupta is the Vice President of Nehru Sidhant Kender Trust, and also sits on the Governing Council of Sat Paul Mittal School. He chairs the Purchase Committee as well as Cultural Committee at Nehru Sidhant Kender Trust.
He is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from the prestigious NIT, and a well reputed Industrialist. He is associated with various Industrial, Cultural and Religious Organisations.
He is an ardent cricket fan, and a voracious reader.
A post graduate in English and History, Mr Bipin Gupta is a well reputed industrialist, actively involved in various cultural and educational institutions in Ludhiana. He is also the General Secretary of Nehru Sidhant Kender Trust and Vice-Chairman of the Governing Council of Sat Paul Mittal school. Besides, he is a member of the Managing Society of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMC&H) Ludhiana.
Mr G L Bassi is Chairman of M/S Moonlight Auto Private Limited group of companies; who supply auto components to OEMs like M&M, Maruti-Suzuki, Honda (India), Hero Motors and many other reputed industrial houses.
He has been doing social service for more than forty years. He is President of Prachin Gow Rakshini Sabha and the Cremation Ground, Division Number 3, Ludhiana.
He has also been President of Agarwal Cooperative Housing Society, President and Trustee of Ved Mandir Ludhiana and an Executive Member of Adarsh Public School.
He is a Trustee and Treasurer of Nehru Sidhant Kender Trust.
A soft spoken and introvert person, Mr. Deepak Panday, an Engineering Graduate, has been running an industry for the last 45 years. A trustee of the Nehru Sidhant Kender Trust since 1988, in the past he has served as Vice-President and is currently the Chairman of the Scholarship committee of the Trust.
A graduate in science stream, Mr. Parveen Sayal is a reputed name in the industrial fraternity. He has been serving Nehru Sidhant Kender Trust for the past 20 years. Having worked closely with Sat Paul Mittal School, BCM School and R.S. Model Sr. Sec. School, he has also managed to establish strong roots within the education sector. In addition to this, he has also served as the State President for two consecutive years and then became National Vice President at Jaycees International Club.
Dr (Mrs) Khurana, did her MBBS in 1961 and post graduation in Microbiology in 1976. She retired as HOD of Department of Microbiology from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana in November, 1998 where she served for 31 years. She has a rich teaching experience of 35 years in various medical colleges.
She, along with her husband (Late Dr S B Khurana, former Principal Dayanand Medical College and Hospital) has been associated with Nehru Sidhant Kender Trust for a long time. She is an important member of the Cultural Committee of the Trust.
Mr Siddharth Aggarwal belongs to one of the oldest and respected business families of Ludhiana.
He is a businessman and runs Harsheela Resorts, a well-reputed banquet hall facility in the city of Ludhiana. With an MBA from the University of Symbiosis, Pune, he has successfully hosted and managed various private and corporate events.
He is also actively associated with many social and religious organizations and has always stepped forward to provide momentum to prominent social causes.
Mrs Rashmi Grover retired as an Associate Professor from Govt. College for Girls,Ludhiana and has 36 years of teaching effective English to her credit.
A high achiever all through her student and teaching life, she is currently a member of the Governing Council and Vice President of the Academic Advisory Committee of Sat Pal Mittal School, Ludhiana.She is also one of the Founder Members of the Advisory Committee for 95 Schools of Bharti Foundation, which works for improving the overall quality of education in rural Punjab.
She is also a member of GLODAS, an NGO, which inspires people to save lives by donating organs and Ved Prachar Mandal, an NGO, which endeavours to spread knowledge and awareness amongst the youth about ancient Indian culture.
Mr Sanjay Jain is a leading industrialist of Ludhiana being a partner of Ludhiana Steel Rolling Mills group of companies dealing in Carbon Steel, Alloy Steels and Tool Steel. He is Executive Member of Steel Rolling Mill Association of India, Kolkata.
He is Vice President of Punjab Billiards and Snooker Association, Trustee and Senior Vice President of Mr Gow Rakshni Sabha (Regd) Ludhiana, Trustee of Mr Rama Charitable Hospital, Trustee Dandi Swami Golok Dham and Trustee Bharat Vikas Parishad Charitable Trust Punjab.
He is a philanthropist and provides education to 30 children of his employees with a thrust on “Education of Girl Child”.
Dr Ahuja is the leading orthopaedic surgeon of Ludhiana. Having won 4 Gold Medals during his MBBS he cleared his MS in 1969 from GSVM Medical College, Kanpur. He has held a number of teaching assignments in many reputed hospitals and retired as Principal of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana in Aug-2003.
Having done some path breaking work in his field,he established the 1st Emergency Dept. located in old DMC, and remained associated with it till the establishment of the present Emergency Dept.in new OPD of DMC&H. Setting up the Oganesyan Fixator System Unit from Russia in India in DMC&H is among his various achievements. His Research Papers have been published in various books and medical journals. He is an important member of the Sat Paul Mittal National Award Committee of the Trust.