Padmabhushan Dr. B.V.Raju
A prodigy of industrial discipline, unusual perception, Scholarship, workmanship and creativity, a man of vision ,Inspiration,confidence,dilligence and above all humanity, he is none other than Padmabhushan Dr.B.V.Raju, the founder chairman of Dr.B.V. Raju Foundation and Sri Vishnu Educational Society.
in a simple agricultural family of Kumudavalli village in West godavari District, Andhra Pradesh on 15th Oct 1920. Dr.B.V.Raju had a normal childhood just as any other child of his age with joys and sorrows in equal share. He grew up to be a man who accepted his success humbly and learn from his failures. He was a good scholar,graduated in chemical engineering from Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi and also in Management from Harvard University, USA. Though he started his career as a low grade employee in the cement industry, his sincerity and hardwork elevated him to the position of Managing Director and Chairman of Cement Corporation of India.¬†
Within a span of six decades, he established a number of factories under the Raasi Group of Industries, which includes Sri Vishnu Cements Ltd, Raasi Refractories Ltd., Raasi Ceramics Ltd and Raasi Finance and Investments Ltd. His achievements in the field won him the Padmabhusan, one of the most prestigious awards by the Govt. of India. He was also awarded Honorary Doctorate by JNTU, Hyderabad.
Being an earnest scholarly man, he knew best the value of education and so he diverted his focus from industrial field to vast field of education to set up a series of colleges under Dr.B.V.Raju Foundation and Sri Vishnu Educational society. Two campuses have been established, one at Narasapur in Madak Dist., where an Engineering college has been set up under the name of Dr.B.V.Raju Institute of Technology, and the other campus at Bhimavaram town which includes Smt. B.Seetha Polytechnic, Shri vishnu college of pharmacy,Padmasri Dr.B.V.Raju Institute of computer Education, Sri Vishnu Engineering College for Women and Vishnu Dental College with a further proposal for a public school and Medical College.
These institutes work to inculcate a sense of value in the minds of students and to equip them to serve the society well. The University and state ranks achieved by the students are themselves a mark of academics excellence and quality eduacation provided in these colleges by qualified, experienced and dedicated staff. Throughout his life, both as an industrialist and an educationalist, Dr.B.V.Raju continued to devote himself to the service of the people. He always kept his doors open to the poor and needy and participated actively in welfare programmes for improving the socioeconomic conditions of the society. His services for the welfare of the people are innumerable and invaluable. Padmabhushan Dr.B.V.Raju lived an exemplary life. It teaches us that the well-to-do have a responsibility towards the less fortunate. Though we may not be in a position to help everybody,we can at least start by helping a few, because it is the motto of service in us that it is important. His message is simple and straight.