A distinguished political leader, philanthropist, educationist and social worker.
Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta
Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta
Has been the pride of Lucknow city. He has undoubtedly established himself as a worthy son of his illustrious father Late Babu Banarasi Das Ji.
“We not only make technocrats in all respects, be it leadership, competence, confidence, communication, morals or knowledge”.
Education: Armed with Diploma in Public Administration, MBA, LLB & Ph.D in Management (Human Resource Management-Specialization in Public Sector Undertakings) degrees.
Public Life: Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta decided to follow his father’s footprints by choosing Social Service as primary goal of life. In his distinguished public life spanning well over three decades, Dr. Das was the first to be elected as the Mayor of Lucknow in year 1993 and rightly hailed as one of the youngest Mayors of the world. Subsequently, he was elected a Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) in November 1996 and was re-elected for a second term in November 2002 till November 2008. Dr. Das has been re-elected as the Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) for a third consecutive term in 2008 till 2014.
Dr. Das has been a member of various Parliamentary Committees and National level Apex Advisory and Statutory Bodies including AIIMS in AICTE he has served as Member of Top Executive Committee in the category of knowledge persons. He has also adorned the office of Minister of Steel, Government of India and served with distinction as one of the foremost National Leaders. He has also been the Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee for Industries.
Contribution to Sports: As an enthusiastic sports person, Dr. Akhilesh Das has undertaken an exhaustive training in England as a Junior Badminton player. Later, he represented and captained the U.P. State Badminton Team for many years and won many National & International tournaments including the National Doubles, Championship. BBD U.P. Badminton Academy, a Gift for the City of Lucknow, is the dream project. Nevertheless, his love for other sports has been no less for which he has been instrumental in organizing and facilitating a number of National and International level tournaments In other sports as well. Presently he is the Chairman of the U.P. Olympic Association & President, Badminton Association of India. Vice President, Badminton Asia Confederation, Elected Member of Executive Council, Badminton World Federation.
Cause of Education: As a social thinker, Dr. Das realized the need of Quality Technical & Professional education for the overall growth and upliftment of the masses and development of the State of Uttar Pradesh. Accordingly, Babu Banarasi Das Educational Society (BBDES) was founded through which the torch for higher professional education was lit in Lucknow, the Capital of U.P. and the first institution in the series was BBD National Institute of Technology & Management, followed by BBD Northern India Institute of Technology, BBD College of Dental Sciences, NIEC-New Delhi and BBDEC Establishment of BBD University is yet another giant step for the cause of education.
Horizons: He has travelled extensively to U.K., U.S.A., Japan, South Africa, Ghana, France, China, Australia, Brazil, Middle East, Switzerland, Spain & Portugal etc. on several occasions. Dr. Das has attended several World Seminars and Conferences including UNO sponsored Conference of Mayors (Japan) in 1993 and UNCTAD XI Conference (Brazil) in 2004. As the Mayor of Lucknow, he attended the International Children’s Game held in Canada in 1994 and led the Indian Badminton Team as its Chief-de-Mission at the Athens Olympics in August 2004. Dr. Das also led a team of academicians to various European countries to study their education systems in the year 2002.
Acknowledgement: We at Babu Banarasi Das Group salute the exemplary leadership qualities and great vision of Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta and are grateful to him for his valuable patronage, encouragement and guidance.