“A man who rose from the state of subservient to an affluent status by his dedication and hard work”
Padma Bhushan Dr. B. V. Raju, the Founder Chairman of Sri Vishnu Educational Society was a man of simple words, high aims, and higher achievements.Born in a humble agricultural family at Kumudavalli, a small village in West Godavari Dt., Andhra Pradesh, Dr. Raju believed that education is the key to help a person rise to the state of true humanness. His persistence and determination to win against all odds eventually saw him take a B.Tech degree in Chemical Technology at Benaras Hindu University and was part of a management program at the prestigious Harvard University, USA.
Starting his career in a small way in the cement industry, the tenacious young man rose to the level of Chairman. In 1972 he was invited to head the Cement Corporation of India (CCI). He then went on to play a key role in the planning, construction and commissioning of various cement factories across India. The Government of India recognized the distinguished services of this Doyen of Cement Industry and awarded him the title “Padma Shri” in 1977. Post his retirement his urge to become an industrialist made him venture into the industry and he started many companies starting with cement, ceramics, refractories and paper. The Raasi Group of Industries became a success catapulting him to the pinnacle of his career.
In 2001, the Government of India felicitated Dr. B. V. Raju yet again for his dedicated and immeasurable service to society, awarding him the title “Padma Bhushan”.