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AMAN MIT­TAL, 26, En­tre­pre­neur

India Today - - SIMPLY PUNJABI COVER STORY -

“When re­ces­sion hit In­dia’s pri­vate sec­tor, we saw the op­por­tu­nity to hire IIT grad­u­ates as fac­ulty”

He might have been born with a prover­bial sil­ver spoon, but he’s carved out the gold trim­mings him­self. Born into Ja­land­har’s well-known Lovely fam­ily, 26 year-old Aman Mit­tal might have in­her­ited a slew of busi­nesses across Pun­jab (sweets, auto rick­shaws and the epony­mous univer­sity), but the young elec­tron­ics en­gi­neer and man­age­ment grad­u­ate from the Univer­sity of Southamp­ton, UK, is the man be­hind mak­ing Lovely Pro­fes­sional Univer­sity’s (LPU) In­dia’s largest sin­gle­cam­pus pri­vate univer­sity.

HUGE PO­TEN­TIAL “We en­tered into ed­u­ca­tion in 2001 with In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment, now re­named as the Lovely In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment,” he says. “As we saw the po­ten­tial in ed­u­ca­tion, we started tak­ing it more se­ri­ously.” That’s how the univer­sity came to be in 2005.

THE SHIFT Mit­tal worked at an IT com­pany Mindtree in Ban­ga­lore be­fore join­ing LPU in 2004. Ear­lier this year, LPU was ad­judged the Best Emerg­ing B School2011 in Asia at the Asia's Best B-school Awards, Sin­ga­pore. Con­tact: aman.mit­tal@ lpu.co.in

ANIL DAYAL

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