THE FOUNDER CHANCELLOR
Prof. Dr. (Col) A. Balasubramanian
Founder President & Founder Chancellor, Sri Balaji University, Pune
Prof. Dr. (Col.) A. Balasubramanian was an eminent educationist, philanthropist, a gifted writer, and army officer. The founding father of Sri Balaji University, Pune (SBUP), Prof. Dr. (Col.) A. Balasubramanian, was a powerhouse of energy, dynamism and knowledge. His contributions had been instrumental in setting up Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies (SIMS) and was the ‘Atlas’ of the Sri Balaji University, Pune (SBUP).
A soldier and a student, Dr. (Col) A. Balasubramanian was also a trainer, a consultant, a gifted writer, an author and the pioneer who conceived the idea of creating the first Post Graduate Management Institute in India exclusively for the Defence Personnel and their dependents. A retired Army Personnel, he was the first Indian from Armed Forces in the history of India to be conferred the Honorary Rank of Colonel after retirement. Standing tall with him on this exclusive dais are famous sportsmen like Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Abhinav Bindra, Mahender Singh Dhoni and the famous actor, Mohanlal. Dr. (Col) A. Balasubramanian has many feathers in his cap and is known for his creative, successful, and bold experiments in management education ventures.
He was a firm believer in the values of Discipline, Determination, and Dedication and leaves no stone unturned in ensuring that these values become the lifestyle of the MBA students enrolled in the Society. It’s a common belief that a man is a product of one’s environment. But for men with a strong will power, the environment is never a limiting factor. Prof. Bala was one such individual who has fought against the environmental factors to craft a fortune for himself. Born in the iron grip of poverty education was a scarce commodity to come by. To make a place for himself in the world, he left the comforts of a protected family life and joined an orphanage and completed his education up to high school. He then joined the Indian Army as a Sepoy and retired as a Subedar after a service of 28 years. While wearing the uniform, he acquired three post-graduate degrees with flying colors.
His inclination towards education and knowledge did not end with acquiring degrees for himself, but led him to create The Sri Balaji University and the Institutes under it which have groomed more than 16000 managers to date. His scholarly attributes and commitment to students have ranked him as one of the leading lights in the field of education in India. Dr. (Col) A. Balasubramanian believes that ‘Education is the enhancer of knowledge, skill, and attitude. It is the energy of a nation. It is a source of discipline, dedication and determination necessary for transforming the effort into action for achieving the goal’. In line with his beliefs, he steers the four prestigious management institutes in Pune, namely Balaji Institute of Modern Management (BIMM), Balaji Institute of Telecom & Management (BITM), Balaji Institute of International Business (BIIB) and Balaji Institute of Management & HRD (BIMHRD), collectively forming the powerhouse of education known as the Sri Balaji University (SBUP).
The other colleges are Balaji College of Arts, Science & Commerce (BCACS), Balaji Junior College of Arts, Commerce & Science (BCACS) and Balaji Law College (BLC) providing education to undergraduate students.
The vision and mission statement of Dr. (Col) A. Balasubramanian is 'Problems are Opportunities’ and ‘Be Selfish'.