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Management Team – Founders 
 

Rajendra S. Pawar
Chairman and Co-Founder, NIIT Group
Founder,NIIT University

Rajendra S. Pawar is Chairman and co-founder of the NIIT Group that encompasses two businesses - NIIT Limited, the leading Global Talent Development Corporation and NIIT Technologies Limited, the software and services organization.

 
Set up in 1981, NIIT pioneered computer education in India. Under Mr. Pawar’s leadership NIIT has grown into a leading global talent development corporation in 32 countries worldwide. A visionary in creating sustainable models for education, growth and talent development, Mr. Pawar is a member of the Indian Prime Minister’s National Council on Skill Development and has also served on the Prime Minister’s National Taskforce commissioned to develop India into an IT Superpower. He is an advisor to the Hunan province of China and was a member of PIAC (Presidential International Advisory Council) of the Government of South Africa for IT.
 
Actively involved in India’s Chambers of Commerce, Mr. Pawar has led several ICT industry initiatives, giving voice to the sector’s aspirations and goals. He has been a Founder Member of India’s NASSCOM (the National Association of Software & Service Companies). He is currently a member of the International Business Council at the World Economic Forum. He is also on the Board of Governors of India’s premier educational institutions - Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore and the Scindia School.
 
Global Business Intelligence firm, Ernst & Young conferred on Mr. Pawar its prestigious Master Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1999. He has also been named the IT man of the Year by IT industry journal, Dataquest. Mr. Pawar has been awarded ‘The Global India Splendor Award’ on the occasion of 60th year of India’s independence, for his work on developing human resource potential. He is a Fellow of the Computer Society of India and the Institution of Electronics & Telecom Engineers.
 
Mr. Pawar began his education at the Scindia School, Gwalior and graduated from the India’s prestigious engineering institution, IIT, Delhi in 1972 where he pursued a B. Tech in electrical engineering and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award of IIT in 1995. He has also been awarded an Honorary Doctoral Degree by the Rajiv Gandhi Technical University in 2005.
 
Having revolutionized the IT Training industry, Mr. Pawar is involved in establishing an innovative model in Higher Education. Currently a member of India’s Planning Commission’s Consultative Group on Higher Education, his focus is - NIIT University, a not-for-profit University set up with a vision of being a leading center of innovation and learning in emerging areas of education.

 

Vijay K Thadani,
Chief Executive Officer, NIIT Limited
Founder, NIIT University

Mr. Vijay K. Thadani is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of NIIT Limited, a leading Global Talent Development Corporation. With his vision and leadership, IT education is now accessible to millions of students across India and other countries like China, where operations are now spread across 170 locations in 25 provinces. He was honored as an ‘Economic Consultant’ to the world’s largest city - Chongqing, China.
  
Mr. Thadani is actively engaged with many Industry Associations in India. He is the current Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII’s) National Committee on Education, Vice Chairman, CII Northern Region and Chairman of The National Accreditation Board for Education and Training, under the Quality Council of India. In the past, he has been the President of the Indian IT industry association (MAIT), and chaired the Indian Government’s Committee on National Information Infrastructure Policy. He also serves on the Board of CompTIA, NIIT Technologies Limited and on the Advisory Board of the Maastricht University, Netherlands for India.
 
Mr. Thadani, along with Mr. Rajendra S Pawar, Chairman, NIIT, is the Founder of NIIT University, a not-for-profit institution established in 2009 with a vision of being the leading center of innovation and learning in emerging areas of education.
 
A ‘Distinguished Alumnus’ of the premier Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, Mr. Thadani has presented at prestigious institutions like the University of Michigan Business School, J L Kellogg Graduate School of Management and the Indian Institutes of Management.
 

P. Rajendran,
Director and Chief Operating Officer, NIIT

Parappil Rajendran is Director and Chief Operating Officer of NIIT. He joined NIIT at the time of its inception in 1982 and has been a key contributor in NIIT’s growth from a pioneer in IT education to a leader in global talent development. NIIT today offers learning solutions to over 5 million learners in companies, individuals and institutions in 32 countries around the world.

 
Mr. Rajendran is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He has led NIIT’s computer and computer assisted education in the schools segment, which now touches 7.8 million children from over 9,500 government and private schools.
 
A people person and a believer in leveraging Information Technology for HR competitiveness, he has helped NIIT emerge as one of the most preferred employers in the Indian IT Industry. The company received the 1998 National HRD Award for best HR practices, the World HRD Congress 2000 Award for Innovative HR practices and the Delhi Management Association – Watson Wyatt Award 2004 for Excellence in Innovative HR Practice.

Mr. Rajendran has also been actively associated with Indian industry associations like Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Manufacturers’ Association of Information Technology, NASSCOM and professional bodies like Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, USA. He takes keen interest in ICT as an accelerator in human development and the creation of jobs in future.