The Chairman Emeritus

Our Chairman Emeritus Mr Shyam Sundar Kanoria is an outstanding member of the business community of India . He is highly educated, widely travelled and progressive in outlook. He embodies the spirit of modern, enlightened, socially conscious private enterprise.

Born in 1928, he is an Economics Honours Graduate of Calcutta University. He has contributed many articles on Economic issues specially Banking and Finance and delivered thought-provoking speeches besides appearing on Doordarshan and All India Radio on a number of occasions.He was the Chairman of Economic and Scientific Research Association, Calcutta and the Economic and Scientific Foundation, New Delhi , which to its credit published many important research papers during his tenure.

He was the President of Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) in 1956 - 57, the youngest President at the age of 28 years. During his Presidentship of ISMA, he pioneered exports of sugar for the first time from India and held charge for several years as Chairman of the Export Agency Division of ISMA which worked in collaboration with and as agents of the Government of India. He has also been the President of Indian Chamber of Commerce, Calcutta in 1966 and Alkali Manufacturers Association of India during 1977 - 79 and Indo - Soviet Chamber of Commerce, Calcutta 1987 - 91.

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Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in discussion relating to the condition of economy with Mr S.S.Kanoria. In 1971 - 72, he was elected President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and remains one of its youngest Presidents.

His term of office marked by constructive efforts to successfully promote a climate of goodwill and mutual understanding between Government and business. Such efforts, together with his work towards holding the price line during the Indo - Pakistan war and visit to Germany at the instance of Smt. Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India where his meeting was arranged with Herr Willy Brandt as leader of the Indian Economic Delegation immediately before the Indo - Pakistan war was greatly appreciated.

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Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at the 1972 AGM of FICCI with Mr S.S.Kanoria and his father, Radha Kissen Kanoria. The interaction between business and government became stronger following the 1971 Indo - Pak War.

He has travelled widely as leader or member of many important Indian delegations to foreign countries and represented India at various international forums with distinction. He was President of the Indian National Committee of International Chamber of Commerce and led the Indian Delegation to attend the 28th Congress of International Chamber of Commerce held in Stockholm in June 1984. He has been actively connected with financial institutions in various capacities. He was also a Director of Pradeshiya Industrial and Investment Corporation of U.P. Ltd. (PICUP) and U.P. State Industrial Development Corporation for a very long period.

He is held in high esteem in business and financial circles. In industrial relations, he has achieved outstanding success. Kanoria Chemicals & Industries Ltd. (KCI) of which he was the Chairman, won the prestigious Industrial Relations Award of 1974 presented by the then Prime Minister of India for its remarkable achievement of uninterrupted industrial peace, without loss of a single manday since commencement of production in 1964. This impressive record is being maintained and over thirty years of uninterrupted industrial peace has been achieved.

He has served on a number of Central Government Councils and Committees, including the Central Advisory Council of Industries, Board of Trade, Direct Taxes Central Advisory Committee, Capital Issues Control Advisory Committee, Development Council for Inorganic Chemical Industries, Jute Manufactures Development (JMDC), etc.

Mr Kanoria's interests are by no means confined to business. Besides being a keen sportsman and sport enthusiast, he is actively associated with a number of educational, social and cultural organisations. He was the Founder President of Anamika Kala Sangam and the President of Rotary Club of Calcutta in the year 1982 - 83. He was the Founder President of Manovikas Kendra Rehabilitation and Research Institute for the Handicapped.

A pictorial history of 4500 years of Indian Business from Mohenjodaro to the present times (1998) published by FICCI under his eminent guidance has been acclaimed as one of the finest Indian books on the subject. The volume is a celebration of fifty years of Indian Independence.

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