Ashwani Lohani in Limca Book
MADHYA PRADESH Tourism Development Corporation (MPTDC) Managing Director Ashwani Lohani has found a place in Limca Book of Records’ 2007 edition for his outstanding feat of attaining four engineering degrees at a young age of 21 way back in 1979.
Limca Book of Records editor Vijaya Ghose sent Lohani the recognition letter on September 12.
The record mentions that Lohani, completed four engineering degrees between 1977-79 from Institute of Engineers, Kolkata. He earned degree equivalents in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering and Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering.
Already a Guinness World Record holder in 1998 for successfully running the ‘Fairy Queen Express’ hauled by the oldest working steam locomotive in the world, Lohani has received many awards and accolades during his career.
‘Better late than never,’ Lohani quipped on being asked why he applied for the Limca feat after so many years. He, nevertheless, asserted he was always sure the achievement was unprecedented and a record in itself. ‘It just so happened that favourable circumstances were created now and I applied for the record,’ he said.
An Indian Railway Service officer of the 1980 batch, Lohani has done pioneering work in the field of railway heritage. During his postings in the railways, he successfully piloted the nomination of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway as a World Heritage site. He was also conferred the Ministry of Railways National Award for Outstanding Performance in 1996.
As Director of Tourism, Government of India, during his stint with the Ministry of Tourism, Lohani was instrumental in getting the Mahabodhi Temple at Bodhgaya recognised as a World Heritage site. He also received the National Award of Ministry of Tourism in 1999.
A qualified chartered mechanical engineer, Lohani is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Besides, he is the founder member of the Indian Steam Railway Society and member of CII National Council on Tourism and Government of India’s National Tourism Advisory Committee.
Lohani has also authored two books including one on management entitled ‘Winning at work against all odds’ published in January 2006, and the other a coffee table book ‘Smoking Beauties’ that came out in March 2004. In January 2006, Lohani also authored a comprehensive report on ‘Rail Heritage and Tourism’. He is also life member of Museums Associations of India and Institute of Rolling Stock Engineers.