Mr Sanjiv Saraf

It gives us great delight and a sense of contentment to honor an Old Boy whose vision as an entrepreneur is not limited to the growth and valuation of his worldly assets; rather it extends to cultural, social, and educational aspects of community development with a spiritual sweep in everything he does.
Mr. Sanjiv Saraf studied at The Scindia School from 1969 — 75. Thereafter, he completed his bachelor’s degree from the IlT, Kharagpur. In 1984, he ventured out on his own to establish Polyplex Corporation Limited. It is currently one of the world’s largest producers of PET films with manufacturing plants in India, Thailand, and Turkey with markets across the USA, Europe, Southeast Asia, South America, and Australia.
His ability to take responsibility and to innovate is admirable. He is the Chairperson of two companies – SSIPL Retail Limited & the Polyplex Group and occupies a seat as a Director at a total of 18 companies. His entrepreneurial spirit continued to manifest, and he established Manupatra, which is now India’s foremost legal information provider. He also forayed in renewable energy and launched hydroelectric power projects in the states of Punjab, Uttarakhand, and Sikkim. A humanist at heart, he ensures that the best possible resources are available to the company’s non-profit school with more than 1200 students.
Along with his professional engagements, he started learning the Urdu script at the age of 53 and soon realized that with little digital presence, the aura of Urdu language was depleting. He decided to preserve Urdu Zubaan along with its unique socio-cultural and literary ambience. He also decided to make the language accessible to the world at large. His brainchild, Rekhta Foundation, established in 2012 created an all-new ecosystem for the Urdu language as if introducing a new continent into literature. Rekhta Foundation has digitized more than 50,000 e-books which are now available online. Rekhta has taken Urdu Zubaan to various geographies through events like Jashn-e-Rekhta, Rang-e-Rekhta, and Shaam-e-Rekhta which have furthered the horizons of the ambitious initiative. Aamozish, and the series — Ghazal Usne Chhedi, Harf-e-Taaza, and Numaainda Kalaam, have shaped Rekhta into an oeuvre of great luminosity.
For his exceptional service to one of the finest languages of the world, he has been felicitated with the Nai Duniya: Farogh-e-Urdu Award; Delhi Urdu Academy Award, and the Sir Syed Excellence Award from the Aligarh Muslim University. These awards reflect the alluring aroma of literary-inspired fragrances that he has manifested through Rekhta.
We take pride in his journey, accomplishments, and for his service to Urdu Zubaan.
The Scindia School confers on Mr. Sanjiv Saraf, the Madhav Award as an Old Boy of Eminence for the year 2020 for his outstanding work through Rekhta Foundation, wherein he has explored the linguistic ingenuity at both the periphery and specificity of human creativity; and for his enormous contribution as a business leader. To sum up, for his effort to catch the dewdrop and reflect the cosmos.