Vishwa Mohan Bansal

Vishwa Mohan Bansal

Chairman of New Delhi Institute of Management
senior civil servant and served Govt. of India

Vishwa Mohan Bansal, the Chairman of New Delhi Institute of Management, has been a senior civil servant and served Govt. of India, Governments of Punjab and Delhi, several Public sector undertakings and the Industry for 43 years at the highest levels.

Starting his career in 1971 as CEO of the family owned National Industries and Hind Insulated Cable Co. in Punjab, he joined as City Magistrate Patiala and SDM Sunam in Punjab in 1974 where he is remembered for taking on the most feared political families of Punjab. He also took over the north – India’s richest Kaali- temple from old established mahants at the age of 25, settled the biggest labour union strikes at Punjab State Electricity Board having more than 80,000 employees when he was 27, and settled flash strikes by dreaded transport unions, while working as the youngest Addl M.D. of Pepsu Roadways at the age of 28. He was the special Magistrate for entire Punjab in the same year.

He was brought to Delhi Development Authority to handle the massive manpower requirements at the 1982 Asian Games where he settled strikes by all the combined Trade Unions, days before the Asian Games, and got tremendous appreciation for his role in HR & Personnel Management for providing finest motivated manpower for the Construction and Management of 1982 Asian Games & Infrastructures. He was the youngest Director of the country’s biggest, richest and politically most sensitive Urban Development Authority, the Delhi Development Authority, at the age of 32. He served as Director of – Industries, Commercial Lands, Housing, HR & Personnel, Vigilance, Slums, Cooperatives and Group Housing for 11 years and is the only officer ever picked by the International Airports Authority of India to set up and head their richest lands & estates departments at all the 4 International Airports of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, where he is still remembered for clearing massive unauthorized encroachments on airport lands by highly influential hoteliers and criminal gangs at the age of 38 years. He enjoys the coveted reputation of modernizing ISBT, Kashmere Gate; Asia’s biggest Bus Terminus, and for increasing its revenue by 300% while working as its CEO, during which period he also set up new ISBTs of Sarai kale Khan and Anand Vihar at Delhi when he was 40. No new ISBT has come up in Delhi after Bansal left the ISBT in 1993. Credit for the vast green land tracks at the Indira Gandhi International Airport also goes to Bansal who cleared these lands, acquired vast tracks of new lands, and planted 5 lac trees in 1988 at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

He has been the longest serving Collector of all the DDA lands in Delhi for 17 years and the youngest ever Secretary of DDA at the age of 43. He is perhaps the only civil servant ever to occupy a Statutory position, that of Secretary DDA, for 17 long years, where he also headed the most sensitive assignments of Commissioner & Principal Commissioner of Housing, Lands, Personnel, Training, Vigilance for as many years. He is among the very few career urban administrators & urban management experts of India who also possesses a degree in Engineering, in Law, in Journalism and an MBA.

He was chosen to lead, one after the other, Indian delegation to more than 15 countries. He presented papers - at UN Organisations; Asia Pacific Organisation, Tokyo; RIPA (Royal Institute of Public Administration), London; ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation), Montreal; ASCI (Administrative Staff College of India), Hyderabad; IIPA (Indian Institute of Public Administration); ICA (Indian Council of Arbitration); forums of CII, ASSOCHAM, PHD Chamber of Commerce, FICCI etc. and advised various State Govts. and Ministries of Central Govt.; and represented India at highest forums in more than one dozen countries. He has been recognized as the change agent; appreciated for his unmatched standards of honesty and integrity, and for launching several bold initiatives in the most sensitive public organizations. He was credited by the Chief Information Commissioner of India for setting up the most transparent and the biggest RTI network in India at the DDA and was the only officer in India called upon by the CIC to address all the Information Commissioners of all the States and Union Territories of the Country at their first annual convention at Vigyan Bhawan in 2009. Bansal was chosen as the Duty Magistrate at 5 hangings of dreaded criminals and murderers, when he was just 24 years, at a time when other Magistrates preferred to proceed on leave. He is the only Magistrate in India to have exercised this rare responsibility.

He has been part of every high level Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Parliamentary and the Delhi Assembly Committee on Urban Infrastructure for 17 years, and has been behind all the Master Plans and Zonal Plans of Delhi for 30 years. He was picked up to be the first senior most appointee of Delhi Metro in 1996, to set up and start the DMRC even before the famous Sridharan joined the Delhi Metro. He was however not relieved by the Ministry of Urban Development, and continued to serve as Secretary of DDA. He was appointed Advisor to DDA and to the Lt. Governor of Delhi before his retirement in June 2010. After successful completion of the Common Wealth Games 2010, he decided to assume responsibilities as Chairman of New Delhi Institute of Management, India’s premier MBA school since 1992, where he heads the Board comprising of 7 former Chief Secretaries & Secretaries of the Govt. of India, former Supreme Court Judges, Chairmen of UPSC, CMDs of 4 top Industrial houses of India including the Presidents of FICCI and PHDCCI, and former Chief Election Commissioner of India and Advisor & Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India.

His global experience at highest levels, innovative management techniques, have put NDIM on the world map; KPMG India has rated NDIM amongst the fastest growing MBA schools of Asia in January 2014, Business World has rated NDIM as the 15th best MBA in India, and Business India has rated NDIM in the category higher than A++ MBA schools of India continuously for 5 years. Price water house Coopers and Mail Today have ranked NDIM among the “most illustrious brands” continuously for 2 years. Mr. Bansal is the 2015 recipient of Life Time Achievement Award for his exemplary contribution towards education by the CEGR, a leading research & policy Think Tank of Delhi in the field of education, policy and research. He is special invitee to the Committees on Higher Education of both FICCI and CII and the Co- Chairman of PHDCCI Committee on Education. Mr. Bansal is the President of alumni associations of 50 year old NIT Kurukshetra and Sainik School Rewa, and is the recipient of Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration by KEISIE International University, South Korea.

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