Mr. Basant Kumar Birla and Dr Sarala Devi Birla, successors of late Syt. G.D. Birla, are our Founders and Patrons who established Birla Academy of Art & Culture (BAAC) in Calcutta in 1964 to promote arts, culture, literature and education. The academy has been vital in establishing Birla Global University, formerly BIMTECH, Bhubaneswar.
Mr. B. K. Birla has been involved in management since he was 15. Apart from being associated with management of several companies like Birla Brothers Pvt. Ltd. and Kesoram Industries & Cotton Mills Ltd., he has established many new industries for producing cotton, paper, polyester and nylon yarns, cement, chemical, tea, coffee, and cardamom.
He was the first Indian industrialist to set up a company abroad namely Indo-Ethiopian Textiles in 1959. For this, he was awarded with the medal of Maineik II, the highest Ethiopian award by the then emperor. Apart from heading his industrial ventures like Jay Shree Tea & Industries, Kesoram Industries Ltd., Century Enka Ltd., and Century Textiles Ltd., he has been making dynamic contributions to education sector of the country. While he is associated with Birla Institute of Technology & Sciences, Pilani, Birla Education Trust, Pilani and BITS, Biwani as trustee, he has been pivotal and keenly interested in educational institutions noted below:
1. Birla Global University (BGU), Bhubaneswar
2. Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida
3. Birla Vidya Vihar Trust, Calcutta
4. Birla Sanskriti Trust, Calcutta
5. Birla Vidya Mandir, Nainital
6. Birla Vidya Niketan, New Delhi
7. G.D Birla Memorial School, Ranikhet