BVM Engineering College Confers Mr AM Naik with “BVM RATNA”.
Birla Vishwakarma Mahavidyalaya Engineering College (BVM), located in the educational town of Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat, has conferred “BVM RATNA” on L&T Group Chairman Mr AM Naik during the College’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations. The award has been given first time in 75 years.
During the event, the college management acknowledged Mr Naik’s overarching contributions to the industry and society, and especially cited how his extensive support has made a difference to BVM students and the faculty.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr AM Naik said, “It is a great honour and privilege to receive the ‘BVM Ratna’ on the auspicious occasion of the platinum Jubilee celebrations of BVM Engineering College. One thing I have to tell everyone is that no matter which institute you are affiliated with, do not give up and do not get overshadowed by people from premier institutes. If you have passion, conviction, and commitment, you can beat the world. I am a proud BVMite, and if A M Naik can do it, you can do it”.
Mr Naik is an alumnus of BVM Engineering College, which is an institution of Charutar Vidya Mandal. He pursued bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from here. BVM is the first engineering college of Gujarat founded in June 1948 and is also the first autonomous college of the state since 2015.
Coming from a humble family of educators, Mr Naik has pledged over 75% of his lifetime income to charity. With a special focus on education, skilling and health care, he has set up two charitable trusts — the Naik Charitable Trust for education and skill training and the Nirali Memorial Medical Trust. He also spearheaded the setting up of L&T’s Skill Trainers Academy (STA) at Madh in Mumbai in 2021. STA imparts high impact training to trainers engaged in the skilling ecosystem in India.
Mr. A.M. Naik is one of corporate India’s most generous philanthropists. He has pledged to donate 75 per cent of his income to the disadvantaged and the needy. In 2009, he had set up two Trusts – Naik Charitable Trust and the Nirali Memorial Medical Trust.
Naik Charitable Trust
This Trust is focused on providing quality education and propagating skill-building. In addition to the school in Powai, Mumbai, the Trust has set up schools and an educational campus in south Gujarat. The skill-building initiative is affiliated the National Skill Development Corporation. It is among the few which offers untrained village youth the opportunity to find gainful employment or turn into entrepreneurs.
Nirali Memorial Medical Trust
Named after his granddaughter ‘Nirali’ whom the family lost to cancer when she was only two, this Trust aims to offer advanced medical care to the needy. It has set up hospitals in Mumbai and Gujarat. The Nirali Cancer & Multispecialty Hospitals in Navsari were inaugurated on June 10 by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi.