(From left) Abhay Chhajed, general secretary of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee; Commodore Anand Khandekar (retd); Vandana Chavan, member of Rajya Sabha; Anu Aga, former member of Rajya Sabha and Padma Shri awardee; Deepak Shikarpur, director, Kinetic Communications Ltd and Girish Rao, president of All India Professional Congress, during the IT Excellence Awards programme at MCCIA, SB road, on Tuesday.(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
(From left) Abhay Chhajed, general secretary of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee; Commodore Anand Khandekar (retd); Vandana Chavan, member of Rajya Sabha; Anu Aga, former member of Rajya Sabha and Padma Shri awardee; Deepak Shikarpur, director, Kinetic Communications Ltd and Girish Rao, president of All India Professional Congress, during the IT Excellence Awards programme at MCCIA, SB road, on Tuesday.(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)

Lifetime achievement honour for Anand Khandekar at Rajiv Gandhi IT Excellence Awards in Pune

Khandekar contributed to preparing a strategic plan to make Pune a major information technology (IT) destination. He was the head of software design centres -Motorola and Nvidia Graphic.
By HT Correspondent, Pune
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2019 04:36 PM IST

Commodore Anand Khandekar (retd) was awarded the lifetime achievement award at the 2nd Rajiv Gandhi IT Excellence Awards programme held at Sumant Moolgaokar auditorium, MCCIA, SB road, on Tuesday.

Khandekar contributed to preparing a strategic plan to make Pune a major information technology (IT) destination. He was the head of software design centres -Motorola and Nvidia Graphic. He was also the first chairman of the IT committee of the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce and Industries in Pune in 1996.

“I started my career in the IT sector at the age of 49 and decided to do IT services export way back in 1989 from Pune. At that time Pune didn’t have so many facilities to develop the IT industry, though we had all the ingredients for it. We got strong support from all the political parties at that time and started ‘Pune Vyaspith’ forum, which had people from all political parties, the civic commissioner and district collector. This forum helped take decisions quicker,” said Khandekar.

The event was organised on the occasion of the 75th birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi. Anu Aga, a Padma Shri awardee and former member of Rajya Sabha; Vandana Chavan, member of Rajya Sabha and Deepak Shikarpur, director Kinetic Communications Limited, were the guests of honour.

Anu Aga in her address said, “The IT professionals have brought a different culture to the Indian society. As IT has shown the way of life to the country, I hope that all of you continue to work for the society and be socially aware while working professionally.”

Deepak Shikarpur, said, “Pune has always been a role model for the IT industry, but now we have over-grown and there is need to grow beyond this city. So, I appeal to the youth to start their activities in other cities. We need to upgrade our skills daily because our competitors are now virtual players. So, we need to find new ways to survive.”

Other awardees included Avnish Gupta, CEO of Trimasys Control, an Enemtech group company; Deepali Sawai, director of Audyogik Tantra Shikshan Sanstha in Pimpri-Chinchwad; Yogesh Pandit, founder and chief executive officer, Hexanika and Rohan More, first swimmer from Asia to complete the ‘Ocean Seven’ challenge and 3rd Indian swimmer to receive Hall of Fame Award. Since Rohan was in the US preparing for Olympics, his mother Vijaya More received the award on behalf of him.

Vandana Chavan said, “All the awardees today are brining about a change in the society.”

This award function was organised by Abhay Chhajed, general secretary of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee and Girish Rao, president of All India Professional Congress.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Army recruitment racket: Two of the four arrested are serving personnel

By Shalaka Shinde, Pune
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 11:44 PM IST
Two serving Indian Army officials are among seven people who have been arrested in the Indian Army soldier recruitment entrance exam question paper leak, according to a written statement issued by the Pune police
Close
HT Image
HT Image

14-year-old apprehended for sexual assault of minor girl

By HT Correspondent, Pune
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 11:44 PM IST
A 14-year-old boy was apprehended by Pimpri-Chinchwad police for sexual assault of a five-year-old girl in a slum in Bhosari
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Unrepaired roads in Vishrantwadi a recipe for danger

By Dheeraj Bengrut, Pune
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 11:44 PM IST
The residents of Vishrantwadi and nearby areas are facing a daily hurdle to travel through roads that are lying unrepaired by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC)’s road department
Close
HT Image
HT Image

PMC to develop Jambulwadi lake for recreational activities using PPP model

By Abhay Khairnar, Pune
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2021 11:44 PM IST
After Pashan and Katraj lakes, the PMC is set to develop the Jambhulwadi lake near Ambegaon using the public-private partnership (PPP) model
Close
HT Image
HT Image

PMC proposes 50 lakh for study on climate change’s infrastructure impact

By Abhay Khairnar, Pune
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 11:43 PM IST
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to conduct a study on climate change and its impact on the city’s infrastructure
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Unidentified body with mutilated genitals found; police suspect brutal murder

By HT Correspondent, Pune
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2021 11:43 PM IST
A mangled body of a man with mutilated genitals was found and a case of murder was registered by the Pimpri-Chinchwad police on Monday
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Tunnel testing of challenging stretch from Swargate to Civil court complete, TBM machine to begin work

By Siddharth Gadkari, Pune
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 10:43 PM IST
The most challenging underground tunnel work from the heart of the city areas which are congested and packed with old structures-is set to start soon
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Farmer arrested for shooting neighbour dead over common water stream

By Shalaka Shinde, Pune
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 11:58 PM IST
A 40-year-old farmer from Mulshi area of Pune was shot dead on Monday afternoon by his neighbour over an issue of a water stream that runs through both their farmlands
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Dagdusheth temple to remain closed today

By Jigar Hindocha, Pune
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 11:58 PM IST
The Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati temple and other ganesh temples in the city will remain closed on the occasion of Angarki Sankashti Chaturthi on Tuesday
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Poll-bound PMC prioritises healthcare sector in a budget driven by schemes

By Abhay Khairnar, Pune
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 11:57 PM IST
The Covid-19 pandemic has forced the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to change its focus in the budget from other sectors to primarily focusing on improving health facilities in the city
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Cops: Pandit brutally murdered by boyfriend he met over dating app

By Nadeem Inamdar, Pune
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 11:57 PM IST
In a major breakthrough within 36 hours after the brutal murder of National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) PhD Scholar Sudharshan alias Balya Baburao Pandit, the Chatushringi Police have arrested his boyfriend identified as Raviraj Rajkumar Kshirsagar (30), who is a resident of Warje but originally a resident of Hingoli district
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Two arrested, one on the run for killing man released from jail during decongestion

By HT Correspondent, Pune
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 11:57 PM IST
A man released from jail during the decongestion process was killed in Alandi and his body was found in the vicinity of the famous Dnyaneshwar Temple in Alandi on February 23
Close
Covid-19 vaccination drive at Premlok Park Hospital, Chinchwad, in Pune earlier in February. (HT file)
Covid-19 vaccination drive at Premlok Park Hospital, Chinchwad, in Pune earlier in February. (HT file)

Pune’s Covid tally again on the rise, curbs extended

By Steffy Thevar
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 03:24 PM IST
The new hot spots are being monitored with more testing among super spreaders and also aggressive contact tracing
Close
Police take action against violators at Mukundnagar in Pune. (HT_PRINT)
Police take action against violators at Mukundnagar in Pune. (HT_PRINT)

Pune extends curbs till March 14 to contain Covid-19

PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 06:18 AM IST
Pune district has recorded an average of 1,600 cases in the last five days, prompting authorities to shut all schools, colleges and private coaching classes and restrict the movement of people between 11pm to 6 am till March 14.
Close
HT Image
HT Image

City has 20.38 TMC water stock until monsoon

By Jigar Hindocha, Pune
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 11:41 PM IST
The water stock in four dams Khadakwasla, Temghar, Varasgaon and Temghar is currently standing at 20
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP