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Mr. Pawar is Chairman of Sakal Papers Ltd., and Chairman of Ajay Metachem Sud-Chemie Pvt. Ltd. He is also Director of various companies in India and abroad. viz. Finolex Cables Ltd., Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd., Pune, Bharat Forge Ltd. & Force Motors Ltd. Pune, P. P . Holdings Ltd. Pune, International Conventions India Pvt. Ltd. Pune.

Mr. Pawar's specialisation is in Marketing (Domestic & International) and Finance for technocommercial projects.

Other positions have included:

Former President of The Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries & Agriculture, Pune; First President of the Federation of Chambers and Associations all over Maharashtra.

President of The Indian Newspaper Society (INS), New Delhi for the year 2001-2002, and is presently Member of the Executive Committee, of the INS, New Delhi.

President, Indian Language Newspapers Association 2005-2006.

Member of Board of Trustees BAIF Development Research, Foundation, Pune
Appointed on the Board of WAN (World Association of Newspapers), Paris as Vice President on June 2007 and Member of Executive Committee of WAN on January 2007.

Nominated on the Press Council of India by University Grant Commission on 20.10.2004

Nominated on the Senate of the University of Pune by Hon’ble Governer of Maharashtra on 13 April 2000.

Government of Maharashtra has nominated him a Member of Governing Council of Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education (MSBTE), Mumbai in February 2003.

Government of Maharashtra nominated him a Member of the first Board of Governors of Government college of Engineering, Pune on July 2004.

Recipient of Honorary Membership Award by Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering on 13 November 1998, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the advancement of Industrial Engineering in India.

The Institution of Engineers (India, founded 1920), Pune Local Centre honoured for outstanding contribution in Engineering on the occasion of 39th Engineers’ Day.

He started a S.S.I. Unit in 1968 as a technocrat, which is now known as Ajay Metachem Limited. AML has customers all over the country and also exports their products in many countries in the world.

Achievements: Ajay Metachem group of industries have developed many import substitutes during the effort to achieve self-reliance. A Press Note was released by Hindustan Steel Ltd., towards appreciation of a product developed by the Company in 1974. Recipient of Parkhe Award in 1978. Speciality chemicals are being exported to European countries such as Germany, U.K., France, etc., U.S. & some parts of Asia.

On 14 December 2001, Pune Municipal Corporation presented a award for his appointment as President, Indian Newspaper Society, New Delhi, as well as his contribution in social, water management, education, areas.

Deputy Chief Minister R.R. Patil presented the Shankarrao Kanitkar Gaurav Samiti Award to Mr. Pawar. The award is instituted by the Progressive Education Society for his distinguish contribution in the Social, Cultural, Education & Newspaper field, on 25 January 2005.

He became Director of "Sakal," a leading newspaper in the state of Maharashtra in 1985 and Managing Director in March 1986. SAKAL under the leadership of Mr. Pawar, has achieved substantial growth and total modernisation.

Sakal Group Profile: Headquartered in Pune, the Sakal Group is a vast media syndicate that has made a vivid imprint on the media canvas. With seven core publications that include three Marathi and two English dailies, and two Marathi weeklies, extensively covering Maharashtra and Goa, with its circulation of 1.5 million copies daily. What’s more, its e-paper is assiduously accessed by Netizens all over the globe giving the Sakal Group phenomenally wide penetration and reach. Besides, the Sakal Group also organizes special events throughout the year, brings out an educational weekly, yellow pages and also undertakes commercial printing.

In keeping with its tradition of innovation, the House of Sakal has come out with Agrowon, the world’s first-ever daily on agriculture. Maharashtra has an estimated 2.5 million affluent, progressive farmers the daily was launched with the objective of equipping them with factual information and the latest technology to make them globally competitive.

Mr. Pawar wrote a column "Vatchal" in Sunday Sakal, in which he narrated his extra-ordinary journey from a village boy to successful industrialist. Its compilation has been published in the form of a book: Vatchal and in English: My Journey.

Mr. Pawar played a major role in completing MCCIA’s project International Convention Centre, (ICC) at Senapati Bapat Road Pune. It is India’s first Largest Unique Composite which has technically sound, energy efficient, aesthetically appealing buildings built up area approximately 2.2 million square feet, which comprises of ICC Trade Tower, ICC Tech Park, S L Kirloskar Convention Centre, shopping mall, etc.

Maharatta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) could own 6000 square feet semi-furnished area free of cost due to above project.

Social Activities: Mr. Pawar is a Trustee on number of Socio-Educational Institutions in Pune and takes active part in the development of these organizations/trusts. The Board of Trustees appointed Mr. Pawar as Trustee on 22 March 2006.

Students Welfare Association, Pune: This Institute basically helps the students who are good in merit but economically backward. They are provided with furnished room and food at a very nominal monthly rate. Besides this lot of other academic help and guidance is given. About 500 students are supported with the help of three hostels in Pune. Students are availed work for four hours/week. This is compulsory. This helps them to earn money to pay their hostel expenses. "Sakal" supports about 100 students by this arrangement. Mr. Pawar is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of this Association since 1981.

Poona School and Home for Blind: The Poona School and Home for the Blind (P.S.H.B.) established in 1934, is a pioneering non-governmental organization in Pune, working in the field of welfare of the blind. Mr. Pawar is working in the capacity of Managing Trustee since 1970. The P.S.H.B. has now been running five different organizations: Blind School for Boys and for girls, Nursery for blind babies, the teacher training, industrial training center for the blind and handicapped women. The P.S.H.B. has now embarked on an ambitious eye hospital project located on a five acre plot of land belonging to the organization at Kothrud.

Kirloskar Foundation: A Trust started by Kirloskar family to help entrepreneurship, specially for those who do not have business background. Hundreds of deserving cases were given help at the right moment in the form of availing finance and commercial and technical guidance to make their venture a success. Mr. Pawar has been trustee of this Institute for more than 20 years.

Balgram – SOS Children's village, Yeravada: (In collaboration with SOS International) A home for parentless children and destitute women who live and grow together as a family. This gives both of them shelter, protection, education and love. Many such homes make a village. This was constructed from 1977 to 1981 by spending about Rs. 15 million. Sixteen such small villages are sponsored and supported by Balgram movement in Maharashtra. Mr. Pawar is a Trustee from the beginning and was Treasurer during the completion of the project. In October 2005, Mr. Pawar was appointed as National Vice-President, SOS children’s Villages of India.

Pune Balkalyan Sanstha: It is the only cultural and recreational centre in India for all kinds of handicapped children, situated near Rajbhavan, Pune. Mr. Pawar is one of the founder Trustees and Secretary of this Institute. From Pune district approx. 300 children from 52 schools enjoy these facilities per day. Medical aid and appliances are provided free of cost. Competitions are held regularly on State, National & International level (Ablympics) and our children have received numerous State, National and International awards. Sanstha also organize seminars & workshops for teachers & Parents.

Sakal India Foundation: An organization which helps students going abroad for study and also conducts programmes for personality development of growing students. Mr. Pawar is Trustee and so far, 1000 students have benefited from this assistance. In the past 10 years, 28 research scholars have been given financial assistance.

Sakal Relief Fund: Mr. Pawar is Chairman of Board of Trustees. The Sakal Relief Fund, which was initiated during the Bengal famine in 1942, and continues to collect funds through small and large contributions from the public. The fund has since then continued helping victims of floods, droughts, wars and such calamities.

The Fund works on two tiers. A team is sent to the distress site for short term relief measures. The second phase focuses on permanent relief and rehabilitation measures. The setting up of schools at Latur are a part of the strategy of the second phase, which has been appreciated at both national and international levels. In Kargil, the emphasis was on setting up permanent units in the Medical Corps of the Armed Forces for the benefit of the wounded soldiers.

Built Girls Hostels at Pune, Kolhapur, Nashik & Amaravati for children of Kargil War victimized Soldiers and initial help rendered to the families and Govt. Hospitals for the War victims.

For the 26 January 2001 Gujarat earthquake victims, the Sakal Relief Fund has donated a fully equipped ambulance to Dr. Shantu Patel, to work with the affected children of Bhuj. It is also funding the construction of a school there and has financed the purchase of a blood-storage freezer. Built 78 School buildings in four Districts of Gujarat. Help given to construct school building at Cuttack, Orissa.

For the Tsunami national disaster on 26 December 2004, Sakal Relief Fund collected donations of Rs. 4 crores 48 lacs. Utilization of this fund was decided by the committee and got projects under way in Andaman & Nicobar.

For Maharashtra flood victims and Kashmir earthquake victims funds have also been collected and as per the decision of the experts committee of Sakal Relief Fund is utilizing the funds.

For Bihar flood victims so far Sakal Relief Fund collected donations of 65 lacs and initial help rendered to the victims.

Empress Garden: One of the oldest gardens of Pune, Agri Horticulture Society of Western India, has taken the responsibility of supervising the garden project. Mr. Pawar is one of the Trustees of this garden and has actively participated and supported in its renovation work. Recently, he has been honoured and elected as Vice President.

Pariwar Mangal Society: Conducts family welfare programmes in 9 Talukas of Pune District, supported by and headquartered at Sakal premises. The prime aim of the Pariwar Mangal society is organising joint efforts of the Government, industries and private institutions in family planning work in distant villages. Institutions like H.D.F.C., Videocon, Bajaj Tempo, V.S.N.L. etc. are participating . In recognition of the work Government has given the facility of 100 % tax exemption to donors. Mr. Pawar is Chairman of the Pariwar Mangal Society since 1995

Nirdhar: Nirdhar is a registered Trust, working for traffic, pollution & population control. Mr. Pawar is Chairman of its board of Trustees since March 2000. D.C.P. Traffic is a permanent trustee.

Nirdhar Activities: Regulating traffic at school gates, Sponsored PUC Check Camps at subsidized rates, Sponsored Pollution level indicators, distribution of hygienic pollution masks, Promotion of EM ( effective micro-organisms) use for agriculture, animal husbandry, spraying in slumps etc.  Nirdhar has become part of larger programme. “Raste Sabke Waste” of Rotary International+ MCCIA+CII for which traffic steering committee for Pune has been formed. Chairman is Mr. Pawar and members include RTO, PMC Commissioner, Police Commissioner, Director of Pollution Control Board and State Transport Commissioner.

District Probation and After Care Association, Pune (Remand Home): Mr. Pawar was Past President of District Probation and After Care Association, Pune (Remand Home ).

The District Probation and After Care Association is recognised under Juvenile Justice Act by Director of Women & Child Welfare for admitting Boys & Girls brought by Police and Destitutes, Neglected and Victimized are brought by Police as well as by authorised persons under the Act. Till Board’s or Court’s decision is received the Boys and Girls are maintained in Remand Homes by providing with, Food, Clothing etc. They also receive education, Medical aid and facilities for Recreation.

Superstition Eradication Committee: Mr. P.G. Pawar has been President of this Committee since 1991.

He has also been associated with Maharashtra Medical Foundation's Joshi Hospital since 1994, Lokmanya Hospital, Chinchwad in the capacity of Trustee since 1974.

He was also Chairman of Mahila Seva Mandal. This social institute works for a needy women in a society since 1940. It supports them for their rehabilitation as per the capacity of the women in the age group of 18–40.

Baramati Grape Industries Ltd.: In the year 1976-77 this unit was in great financial crisis with liabilities of over Rs. 15 million. The local shareholding farmers and Italian collaborators requested Mr. Pawar to take up the challenge of making this unit viable. He accepted this challenge as a social responsibility and worked with determination and dedication for about one year, neglecting his normal business. Subsequently, the company had wiped off all losses, paid back loans of the borrowers including banks. The company has been paying dividends for the past 15 years.

Mr. Pawar has also travelled extensively both in India and abroad many times for business purposes.


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