Kolkata, Mar 1: The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Saturday condoled the passing away of Padma Bhushan Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, who founded the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), passed away after a brief struggle with cancer.
He was 78. A visionary academic and tall leader of manufacturing excellence, Prof Lord Bhattacharyya was deeply committed to fostering India’s manufacturing excellence. Working on policy development, manufacturing competitiveness and research, he believed in deepening India’s global manufacturing footprint to make the country a leader, the CII said in a statement.
Bhattacharyya played a significant role in India-UK economic relations and helped found the Indo-British Partnership Initiative (IBPI) where CII was the Indian partner. This was launched by both Governments in 1991 and was successful in taking bilateral trade and investment relations to new heights.
CII was closely associated with WMG under Prof Lord Bhattacharyya’s guidance for undertaking various educational and innovation programmes. The programmes contributed to building capacity among middle and senior manufacturing managers, enabling them to introduce new manufacturing practices in the Indian scenario. Over
25 years, the CII-WMG Engineering Business Program developed a core cadre of manufacturing leaders. CII also worked with WMG for setting up a Technology Center in India in 1995. In 2017-18, the two organisations collaborated on an Advanced Manufacturing Programme for senior manufacturing managers to expand technology adaptation in Indian manufacturing.
CII and WMG also worked together on issues such as climate change mitigation, higher education, technology and R&D in Indian manufacturing. An alumnus of IIT Kharagpur, Prof Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya was globally respected for his vision and foresight. In 2002, he was conferred the Padma Bhushan by the Central Government for his services to Science and Technology. UNI