Prof. B. Parandhaman received the award on behalf of Dr. (Col.) A. Balasubramanian
Founder & President of Sri Balaji Society, INDIA
Contribution to Society

The "Contribution to Society - Education" award recognises Dr. (Colonel.) A. Balasubramanian for modernising and transforming management education. 

Dr. (Colonel.) A. Balasubramanian, or Dr. Bala as he is popularly known, is one of the founding fathers of management education in India. An eclectic man, Dr. Bala is known for many unique and bold initiatives in management education in India. He was instrumental in setting up the hugely popular Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies (SIMS), one of the top business schools in India, as its Director. 

A daring, unconventional and creative educationist, Dr.Bala was the first to conceive the idea of launching management institutes exclusively for armed forces personnel and their dependents. Dr. Bala is the President of Sri Balaji Society which runs a network of premier educational institutes including the flagship Balaji Institute of Modern Management (BIMM), an institute providing quality management education that is today rated as one of the top 30 B - schools in the country. 

An army veteran-turned-education crusader, Prof. Bala shot to national fame in 1997, when he became the first and the only subedar (soldier) in the army to be directly promoted to the honorary rank of a full colonel: a honour bestowed upon him by the then President of India, K.R. Narayanan, in recognition of his invaluable contribution to the field of education.