Nagpur-born entrepreneur Vaijayanti wins national honour

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Apr 2018 10:31:31


Staff Reporter,

CITY’S own girl, now a reputed national-level entrepreneur, Vaijayanti Rahul Bhalchandra, has been conferred with the Bharat Jyoti Award -- India’s most coveted institutional and globally reputed honour bestowed upon masters in their respective fields.

Vaijayanti received the award from Lt. Gen. Krishna Mohan Seth (Retd), ex-Governor of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Tripura at a function held in New Delhi, recently.
Vaijayanti got the award for her consistent work done over many years in nurturing and developing skills of thousands of young professionals in the beauty industry. She is the co-founder of the famous YLG Salons at Bengaluru.

With this prestigious award, Vaijayanti has got a place in the league of former Vice President BD Jatti, ex-Governors Vajubhai Vala, Shekar Dutt, Dr DY Patil, former Air Chief Marshal NC Suri, Election Commissioner GVG Krishnamurthy, heart specialists Dr BK Goyal, Dr Naresh Trehan, cricketers Sunil Gavaskar, Syed Kirmani, Olympic medalists Abhinav Bindra, Dhanraj Pillay and artists Dev Anand, Pankaj Udhas, who all have been the past recipients of Bharat Jyoti Award.

Daughter of Vaishali Paonaskar (former teacher at Somalwar High School, Ramdaspeth) and late Vinay Paonaskar (ex-General Manager of The Hitavada), Vaijayanti is born and brought up in Nagpur. She did her matriculation from Somalwar, Ramdaspeth, was second topper in BE (Met) at Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) before becoming an IIT graduate.

The engineer turned beautician after her husband, Rahul Bhalchandra, decided to make a shift to entrepreneurship in 2008 and co-founded YLG Salons, Bangalore’s No 1 Salon chain which also operates in Chennai and Hyderabad.
Vaijayanti then established YLG Institute, the beauty training school of YLG, which is accredited by the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana. It has become one of India’s finest schools for hairdressing and beauty.