Sanjeev Aga, an alumnus of The Scindia School, exemplifies in his life and work the spirit of the institution for he combined innovativeness with dedicated pursuit of excellence in the highly competitive world of telecommunications maintaining the highest ethical standards.
He joined The Scindia School in Class VII at a tender age of 10 in 1962. During his tenure he turned his experience at the School to an invigorating one by plunging into a variety of activities the school offered. His Housemaster Mr. G K Kapoor in one of his official communications to the parents declared him the Best Boy in the House and appreciated his personality, academic performance and participation in intellectual and creative activities. The Principal, Mr. J L Dar, wrote: ‘Sanjeev is a boy of many talents and excellent character and sense of responsibility’. His friends, teachers and the spectacular setting of the Gwalior Fort had a lasting impression on his personality.
Sanjeev took the Indian School Certificate Examination in December 1966.
After The Scindia School, Sanjeev went on to St. Stephen’s College, Delhi from where he took an Honours degree In Physics, and then completed his Business Management course from IIM Kolkata.
Sanjeev Aga was initiated into a career in business with his assignment for Asian Paints, which gave him a pan India exposure and set him up for what would be an illustrious career spanning over 40 years. He went on to head the Furniture and Toys businesses of BlowPlast, now called VIP Industries, as the Managing Director from 1993 to 1998. His subsequent assignments had him serve as Managing Director of Aditya Birla Nuvo, a company with diverse businesses. Sanjeev Aga is best known for his leadership as Managing Director of Idea Cellular, a company which started from the scratch and soon emerged among the top 3 companies in a fiercely competitive sector. The crowning glory for Sanjeev was his recognition for the sophistication of business processes and the uncommon standards of ethical conduct which accompanied such success.
Honour and recognition were bestowed on him by various prestigious organisations. In 2009, Sanjeev Aga received on behalf of Idea Cellular the Economic Times Award for The Emerging Company of the Year. The Indira Innovation Summit awarded him as the CEO of the Year for 2009 and Tele.Net honoured him in 2010 for Outstanding Contribution to the Telecom Sector. Forbes Magazine, In December 2010, shortlisted Sanjeev Aga for the prestigious Indian of the Year, putting him amongst an exclusive group of business persons to be considered for the honour that year.
Sanjeev Aga stepped down from formal professional commitments in 2011 but he continues to serve as an Independent Director and Advisor to reputed corporates and he advises not-for-profit organizations in a spirit of service.
Sanjeev stands out among his peers for striking a rare balance between personal and professional life. It is important for him to give quality time to his family. He takes time off to travel, to read and occasionally writes for magazines and newspapers.
Today, The Scindia School acknowledges Sanjeev Aga as an Old Boy of Eminence for his exemplary acumen in corporate business world and for deep commitment to ethical practices, by conferring upon him the Madhav Award 2014.