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Mr. Pradip Nadkarni

Distinguished Service
2016
Founder, Paradigm Inc.
B. Tech., 1970 Mechanical Engineering

Mr. Pradip Nadkarni is the Founder of Paradigm Inc., a management consulting company that specializes in International Business, Strategic Planning and Supply Chain Management (SCM). Mr. Nadkarni's first assignment was with TELCO (now Tata Motors) and later Bharat Forge, wherein he set up the international division and developed key strategies for exports and globalisation of the company. 

In the consulting arena, he worked on various consulting assignments with reputed Indian groups like Mahindra & Mahindra and ISMT. He spearheaded an assignment for the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) on a pilot project supported by UNID0 and Government of India. Mr. Nadkarni has worked on many international assignments covering various facets of Supply Chain Management for British, German, Swedish and American corporations like Cummins and De Laval. 

He was a member of Cll's prestigious Globalization Committee during 1990 - 92 and a member of Cll's National Committee for Exports for over 10 years. He has also been a member of many senior-level Indian trade delegations for International visits. He is also a member on the Board of Directors of Kalyani Forge Ltd and Johnson Controls Automotive Ltd. 

Mr. Nadkarni received his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Bombay in 1970 and did his Masters from the State University of New York, Stonybrook, USA. Subsequently, he obtained a DBM and MMS both from Pune University. Recalling his undergraduate days at IITB, he said, "Scoring the winning goal in the inter-hostel football tournament against H7 was better than a goal scored in the semi-finals while representing IITB in the Inter-University tournament in Indore. I once was thrown out of Prof. Magal's class in Nuclear Engineering when I was caught talking to (Boru) Mondkar. Prof. Magal asked me a couple of questions, which I answered correctly. He then asked me whether I could quantify the extent of my understanding of this complex subject and I responded with 87.65%. His response was understandable." 

Mr. Nadkarni was instrumental in planning and organising at least four major reunions of the class of 1970 viz. the 25th reunion in December 1995 (in Mumbai), the 40th reunion in January 2011 (in Mumbai), the re-entry of IIT after 50 years on the IITB campus in July 2015 and the Sapphire reunion in Goa in January 2016. He led the Reunion Organising Committee (ROC) to ensure outstanding outcomes. It was enjoyed by all batch-mates who came from all corners of the globe in a spirit of friendship to do something worthwhile for IITB. In all the major reunions, the class of 1970 was able to collect over Rs 25 million as donation to IITB. His objective is to keep the class of 1970 well-networked and bring all his batch­mates together so as to function as one big, happy family internationally. He has worked closely with another batch-mate Ravi Apte in Pune, to set up various special interest Google groups for the IITB Class of 1970, which enable the entire batch to actively keep in touch, from all parts of the world. 

Motivation towards contribution to IITB :

Deep gratitude to IITB for the gift of a world class engineering education I received between 1965 and 1970.