Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Srinivasan said, “I am humbled and deeply moved with this honour. The very fact that this recognition has come from my alma mater makes it all the more special to me. Over the years, it has been heartening to witness Purdue grow from strength to strength to become one of the top universities in the world and I am proud to be an alumnus of this glorious institution. I feel gratified to have been able to give back to Purdue by providing students with a unique study abroad experience through global internship programs which expose them to best practices within India’s manufacturing sector.”
An engineer with a master’s degree in management from Purdue, Venu Srinivasan has been awarded the Padma Shri for his contribution in the field of trade and industry. He is a recipient of the civilian honor ‘Order of Diplomatic Service Merit’ (Heung-In Medal) conferred by the president of Republic of Korea, His Excellency Lee Myung-bak, in recognition of his contribution in promoting Korea-India bilateral relations.
The Indian Institute of Technology has conferred upon him with a “Doctor of Science”. His work in manufacturing, R&D, technology and quality excellence saw him recieve a “Doctor of Science” by the University of Warwick. The Ishikawa-Kano award was presented by the Asian Network of Quality (apex body for quality in Asia,which covers 18 countries including Japan, China, India, Korea, and Thailand).
He’s also a JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Award recipient from All India Management Association for his contribution to leadership and management, and the Jamsetji Tata Lifetime Achievement Award by the Indian Society for Quality.
While being Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Korea, Chennai, India, and member of the Prime Minister’s Council in Trade and Industry, he’s also a member of both the Prime Minister’s Scientific Advisory Council and the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council. The chairman of the National Safety Council, Government of India, he is also president of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). Under his leadership, Sundaram Clayton Limited and TVS Motor Company were awarded the Deming Prize by the Union of Japanese Scientists and Engineers (JUSE).