‘Face life with courage to be successful entrepreneur’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Jan 2019 10:24:56


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Kalpana Saroj Global Aviation Academy with an estimated cost of Rs 5,000 crore will be set up at MIHAN

INSPIRED by the thoughts and teachings of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar of helping others with honesty, unconditional devotion and without taking any rewards, she overcame all odds to become one of most inspired women entrepreneurs in the country. In her struggling years as an entrepreneur, she turned every stone into a milestone. Padma Shree Kalpana Saroj, Chairperson of Kamani Tubes Limited talked about her life journey and encouraged others to face life with courage to be successful entrepreneurs. She was talking in a session at the 16th Jagatik Marathi Sammelan organised by Jagatik Marathi Akademi at Vanamati Hall on Saturday.

She motivated youth to become entrepreneurs and live a life that they always wanted even when they were discouraged by circumstances. “One should never give up, no matter how big and difficult the obstacles are. There is nothing to lose,” she said.

She came from a modest family background living in a village called Roperkheda in Akola district. Her father was a police constable and had a good childhood. Her dreams were shattered and trouble started when she was married at a tender age when she was just in the 7th standard. She went to live in Mumbai with her husband who abused and insulted her. Over a period of time, things turned from worse to unbearable. One day, her father came to visit her and seeing her poor condition, he took her back to Roperkheda. During her stay in her village, she was taunted by everyone in the community. Not able to bear this torture, she tried to commit suicide. Fortunately, she was saved and she swore to begin a new journey of never bowing down to unfavourable circumstances.

After this episode, she moved back to Mumbai. Here, she started with a job in a cloth factory and later started her own business. Stabilising her financial life, she started helping others who needed help. She also bought a plot at Rs 1 lakh which turned out to be under litigation under the Ceiling Act. On buying the plot she received death threats which she overcame.

Slowly, she became so popular with her good deeds that workers of Kamani Tubes approached her to take over and save the company. The company had a debt of Rs 116 crore and 140 litigations against it. With courage, she took up the challenge and turned the company around, Saroj said.  Her story is full of inspiration as she started by earning Rs 2 per day to establishing a company with a turnover of Rs 2,000 crore.

She has big expansion plans and will be setting up Kalpana Saroj Global Aviation Academy with an estimated cost of Rs 5,000 crore at MIHAN. For this project, a 35-acre plot has been acquired. The aviation academy will provide pilot training and stimulator facility in the first stage. In the later stages, aeroplane parts manufacturing will be started. The project is supposed to bring down pilot training cost by 50 per cent as at present, candidates have to go abroad to obtain training which costs about Rs 50 lakh to Rs 60 lakh. Her son is a pilot working with Air India. Her company is also planning to enter the hospitality sector by establishing a resort at Mount Abu, Rajasthan.

In the programme, prominently present were Anil Hirekhan, Deputy Resistrar, RTM Nagpur University, and Sachin Itkar, member of Jagatik Marathi Akademi. In the end, she was given a standing ovation.