New Delhi, March 2, 2021: Dr. R Mukhopadhyay, Director (R&D), JK Tyre; Director & CE of Hari Shankar Singhania Elastomer & Tyre Research Institute (HASETRI), Mysore, and Chairman of Indian Rubber Institute received the coveted “Distinguished Alumnus Award 2020” during the 66th Convocation of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur.
The honor is in recognition of Dr. Mukhopadhyay’s professional achievements, determination, and contribution as an alumnus of IIT.
The award was presented by Prof. Virendra Kumar Tiwari, Director of IIT Kharagpur at a glittering ceremony during the institute’s convocation day in Kharagpur, West Bengal.
The event was addressed by the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Shri. Narendra Modi as a Chief Guest and witnessed the presence of eminent academicians, scientists, industry experts, technocrats and social activists, etc.
Receiving the award, Dr. R Mukhopadhyay, Director (R&D), JK Tyre, said, “I am honored to be facilitated by the esteem Distinguished Alumnus Award this year. It is a matter of pride for me to be standing alongside the well-regarded alumni awardees with outstanding achievements in separate spheres bringing back fond memories of my stint here. These eminent awards not just honor the alumni for their contributions but encourage the Young Turks to continue the legacy of the institute as brand ambassadors and become the harbinger of change. I would also like to dedicate this award to the entire team who has worked with me for the upliftment of rubber science and tyre technology. I am grateful to The Board of Governors of IIT Kharagpur, Prof. Debabrata Sen, former HOD Applied Chemistry; Prof. Sadhan K De, my research guide and Dr. RP Singhania, CMD, JK Tyre & Industries Ltd for his continuous encouragement & guidance”.
After completing his graduation from the University of Calcutta and MSc – Ph.D. from IIT Kharagpur, Dr. R Mukhopadhyay started his career as a faculty member in applied chemistry at IIT Kharagpur. With close to 5 decades of experience in education, training, and research, he has been contributing expertise towards rubber science and tyre technology.
Designed to appreciate outstanding achievements, leadership skills, contribution to society, and peer recognition of the alumni, these much-coveted awards are conducted annually at the Institute’s convocation ceremony.
JK Tyre & Industries Limited
The flagship company of JK Organisation, JK Tyre & Industries Ltd is amongst the top 25 manufacturers in the world. Pioneers of radial technology, the Company produced the first radial tyre in 1977 and is currently the market leader in Truck Bus Radial segment. The Company provides end-to-end solutions across segments of passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, farming, Off-the-Road and two & three-wheelers.
A global force, JK Tyre is present in 105 countries with over 180 Global distributors. The Company has 12 globally benchmarked ‘sustainable’ manufacturing facilities - 9 in India and 3 in Mexico – that collectively produce around 35 million tyres annually. The Company also has a strong network of over 4000 dealers and 550+ dedicated Brand shops called as Steel Wheels and Xpress Wheels.
JK Tyre’s unwavering commitment towards innovation is reflected through its state-of-the-art global research and technology centre – the Raghupati Singhania Centre of Excellence - in Mysore, which houses some of the world’s finest technologies and techniques.
JK Tyre launched India’s first ever ‘Smart Tyre’ technology-and introduced Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) which monitors the tyre’s vital statistics, including pressure and temperature. The company recently rolled out its 20 millionth Truck/Bus Radial tyre becoming the first and the only Indian company to achieve this milestone.
It is the only Indian tyre manufacturer to be included in the list of Superbrands India in 2019 for the seventh consecutive year. JK Tyre has been conferred the Sword of Honour for Safety across its plants by the British Safety Council,UK. The company entered the Limca Book of Records with the country’s largest off-the-road tyre - VEM 04.
JK Tyre is also synonymous with motorsport in the country. For over three decades, the Company has relentlessly worked towards shaping India’s positioning as the motorsport hub of Asia, developing the right infrastructure for the sport and promoting young talent in the arena.
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