Suresh Kumar Sharma, an alumnus of The Scindia School, exemplifies in his life and work the spirit of the institution for he has combined his belief and expertise in traditional Indian medical science with modern research techniques.
While he was in school, Principal J L Dar wrote: “Suresh Kumar Sharma has been a well-behaved student, possessing an excellent character. He was promoted to the rank of School Prefect and he acquitted himself well in this capacity.” Suresh graduated from School as an outstanding all-rounder and a leader with a sense of commitment and determination. He won the Individual Championship in Athletics in 1965-66 and proved his mettle in dramatics, debating, elocution, woodwork and stone carving. He did a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and secured further a graduation in Law and a Diploma in Business Management.
He was young when he took over the mantle as the Managing Director of Shree Baidyanath Ayurved Bhawan Private Limited, which was established by his father in 1917. There was no looking back, as Suresh led the company to greater heights and took it to Kenya, Ireland, Germany, Belgium and Russia by building effective business partnerships. Today the company has become a household name in healthcare and enjoys the confidence of people across social strata. Suresh Sharma can be duly credited with taking traditional Indian wisdom to the world through his modern marketing skills, along with the scientific research programme at the Siddhayu Ayurvedic Research Foundation, which he set up to produce various ayurvedic and herbal products, including cosmetics.
The Scindia School instilled in Suresh a commitment for preservation of wildlife and environment. He set up wind turbine generators of 50 megawatt capacities in Karnataka and Maharashtra. He developed over 500 acres of land for cultivation of herbal plants and has given a significant boost to wildlife tourism through his resorts in Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Parks and a hotel in Khajuraho. He set up the Vidharbha Paper Mills and Shakti Offset Limited, both of which enjoy landmark status in central India. Shining examples of his ventures abroad are the coal mines he runs in Sumatra, Indonesia, which produce 15,000 metric tons of high grade coal per month.
During his decade long tenure as the Vice-President of the Charitable Regional Cancer Hospital in Nagpur, Suresh donated a full ward and a Dharamshala for the benefit of patients with limited means. He is the Joint Managing Trustee of Ramnarayan Vaidya Ayurveda Research Trust set up to promote the study of Ayurveda and in 1983 he instituted an annual award of Rs 2 lakhs for outstanding contribution to this field. This is recognized as the most prestigious award in Ayurveda and is presented by His Excellency the President of India or by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India.
Suresh Sharma was duly nominated for the ‘Lokmat Maharashtrian of the year’ award in 2011 in the category of Industrialists.
He has been involved in a significant manner with a variety of prestigious organisations that contribute to education, business, healthcare and sports. A keen sportsman himself, Suresh was the President of the Vidharbha Hockey Association and the Treasurer of the Vidarbha Cricket Association for about 10 years. He took the initiative to bring Test Match Cricket to Nagpur.
A philanthropist, Suresh Sharma is an example for the younger members of The Scindia School fraternity to emulate. His modern approach to entrepreneurship and his deep-rooted commitment to the people and tradition of the land, make him an inspiring role-model.
Today, The Scindia School acknowledges Suresh Kumar Sharma as an Old Boy of Eminence for his exemplary business acumen with deep commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility and for his outstanding contribution to promotion of Traditional Indian Medical Science, by conferring upon him the Madhav Award 2013.