Editorial Team

GITAM is happy to have three new members join its Governing Body, who will help guide the University in achieving its goals. The members will bring to the table diversity of perspective and depth of expertise

The new members began their stint with GITAM effective February 23, 2022. The three new board members are:

  • Mr Vasireddy Thapovardhan, Managing Partner at Aarvee Enterprises, Visakhapatnam. Managing Partner (1981 – present) and Former Founder and Secretary, Anil Neerukonda Educational Society, Visakhapatnam. A passionate educationist, he spent most of the last two decades in institution building and philanthropy, primarily through the ANITS engineering college. 
  • Mr M R K Prasad Rao, Managing Director, M Venkata Rao Infra Projects Private Limited, a leading infrastructure company in India. With close to 4 decades of rich experience in major infrastructure projects such as road, highways, bridges, irrigation and buildings of national and state interest, Mr. Prasad plays a key role in helping governments achieve their infrastructure targets. Backed by strong leadership skills in board governance and new business development, Mr Prasad has a track record of handling multiple projects and completing them in a timely manner. 
  • Mr. Challa Rajendra Prasad, Executive Chairman of CCL Products (India) Limited (formerly known as Continental Coffee Ltd.). A true Indian multi-national company with manufacturing facilities in three countries — two factories located at two different rural places in India, one factory in Vietnam and another factory in Switzerland. With 50,000 MTs coffee products production capacity, CCL is the third-largest private label soluble coffee manufacturer globally. As a tribute to his invaluable contribution to the instant coffee industry, the International Instant Coffee Manufacturers Body conferred the rare honour of Life Time Achievement Award on him in 2019 in Germany. Mr Rajendra Prasad brings the true entrepreneurial spirit to spur the growth of GITAM in the right direction. Mr Rajendra Prasad is also deeply committed to philanthropy and spirituality, something that many may not know about him. 

We extend a warm welcome to the newly-joined members and wish them all the best in their new endeavour. Their experience and vision will be a great asset to us. 

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