Krishna Kumar Birla

Krishna Kumar Birla

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Dr. Krishna Kumar Birla (11 November 1918 – 30 August 2008) was a noted Indian industrialist of the Birla family, and the second son of Ghanshyam Das Birla. He also served as a Member of the Rajya Sabha. Birla was one of the few noted industrialists who supported economic reforms in India in 1991.; The Hindu, 13 December 2007. He was the chancellor of BITS Pilani from 1983 until his death in 2008; he is credited with the expansion that the Institute undertook into multiple campuses, both within India and abroad.

In 1991, Birla established the K.K. Birla Foundation to promote Hindi literature.

Birla was the group chairman of the Zuari-Chambal group of companies with a turnover of over Rs.10,000 crores. He was also the Chairman of ZUARI-CHAMBAL-PARADEEP, India's largest fertilizer combine in private sector.

Birla died on 30 August 2008 after a brief illness.; Zee News, 31 August 2008; Hindustan Times, 30 August 2008

After the demise of Dr.Birla, his son-in-law Saroj Kumar Poddar took over as the chairman of Zuari-Chambal-Paradeep fertilizer combines. The textiles and sugar business is now headed by Nandini Nopany, eldest daughter of Dr. Birla and Chandra Shekhar Nopany, grandson of Dr Birla. The Media group, Hindustan Times Media, is now chaired by his daughter Shobhana Bhartia, Member of Parliament(Rajya Sabha). Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman-Aditya Birla Group and nephew of Dr.Birla, took over as the...
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