Sanjay Ghodawat is an Indian entrepreneur, philanthropist, businessman and the founding hands behind one of India's fastest-growing conglomerates, the Sanjay Ghodawat Group (SGG). Not only is he a Mechanical Engineer but is also a licensed and certified pilot for helicopters, fixed wings aircraft and gliders. Apart from the industrial sector, Sanjay founded one of India's youngest universities, “Sanjay Ghodawat University (SGU)” in 2009 which caters to more than 16,000 students today. Within eight years of its inception, it was ranked among Asia's fastest emerging private educational institutes as surveyed by WCRC and KPMG, India. Having formed SGG in 1993, he rapidly started diversifying in various high-value industries like Aviation, Consumer Products, Education, Energy, Mining, Realty, Retail and Textiles. SGG is home to more than 10,000 employees and is driven by its ambition to become 'The Biggest, The Best & The Most Valuable' Conglomerate. Besides being elected as the Chairman of the Jain International Trade Organization Engineering and Management Program, he has also been the recipient of many regional and national awards, including the ‘Ideal Business Award of Maharashtra’, ‘Maharashtra State Vanashree Puraskar’, ‘Bhartiya Udyog Ratna Award’, ‘50 Outstanding Educational Entrepreneurs of India’, ‘Global Young Entrepreneur Award’, ‘Economic Times Award for Inspiring Business Leaders of India’, ‘Suryadatta National Award’, ‘Corporate Excellence Award’, ‘Jain Ratna Award’, ‘Samaj Bhushan Gaurav Award’ for his philanthropic services to society and notable work in Education and Business sectors and ‘Game Changers of Maharashtra’ Award by Economic Times. Recently, he was honored with the 'Global Philanthropist of the Year 2021' Award. As a true son of the soil, he has always given back to society by extending his hand in times of need through CSR and ISR efforts. He has donated to the families of martyred armymen, helped many drought-affected farmers in the Kolhapur – Sangli region with his generous contribution, and extended aid in times of pandemics such as COVID-19, and other natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods. He also runs a school for the blind in Miraj. He established Sanjay Ghodawat Foundation which manages 'Shri Acharya Tulsi Blood Bank' and Mauli Care Center (Old age home). He has wholeheartedly supported budding International level sportspersons from our nation and contributed to various NGOs which are into the grooming of sports personnel for the Olympics.
Awards and Achievements
Mr. Sanjay Ghodawat, The Founder and Chairman of Sanjay Ghodawat Group, has been recognised as MASTER OF WISDOM by Femina Magazine.
Mr. Sanjay Ghodawat received an award as Education Stalwart of INDIA SCHOOL MERIT AWARDS 2021-22 by the magazine Education Today.
Mr. Sanjay Ghodawat has been featured in TIMES MOST POWERFUL LEADERS 2022 powered by TIMES ascent Magazine.
Mr. Sanjay Ghodawat, the Founder and Chairman of Sanjay Ghodawat Group, has been featured in " Global Business Tycoon" issue of Fortune India Exchange magazine.
Mr. Sanjay Ghodawat awarded as GlobOil Philanthropist of the Year 2021 for Sanjay Ghodawat Foundation's excellent work during COVID (free treatment of 27,500 people & 5 lakh food pack distribution), Kolhapur Floods and Mauli Old Age Home.
“Ideal Businessman Award” by the Poona Merchants Chamber and Daily Sakal, Pune in 2018
Honored with “Samaj Bhushan Award” by the all India Jain Minority Federation on 15th January 2018
Honored with “Extraordinary Leadership Award 2017” by the Grand Jury Awards of Education World on 22nd September 2017 at New Delhi
Honored with “Corporate Excellence Award” through Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship Development (Bharati Vidyapeeth) Pune on 26th August 2017
Honored with “India’s Most Admired Business Leader” award
at Indian Brand and Leadership Conclave organised by Whitepage International on 17th February 2017 at Oberoi Trident, Mumbai
Honored with “Lions Club Gaurav Puraskar 2017” for Notable work in the field of Education by Lions Club, Ichalkaranji on 16th February 2017
Honored with “Globe Oil Business Excellence Award of the year 2016 ” award at Grand Hyatt Hotel, Goa on 22nd September 2016
Featured in Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA) at Dubai in March 2016 to give away the Best Supporting Actor Award to Mr. Anil Kapoor (Hindi Film Actor)
Honored with The Prestigious Economic Times “Inspiring Business Leaders of India” award by Mr. Niranjan Hiranandani (MD, Hiranandani Group) on 31st March 2016 in Mumbai
Honored with “Globe Oil Young Entrepreneur Award 2013” by Globe Oil India at Renaissance, Mumbai
Honored with “50 Outstanding Educational Entrepreneurs of India” by World Education Congress on 28th June, 2013 at Taj Lands End, Mumbai
December 2011: Maharashtra State ‘Vanashree Puraskar’ by the Honourable Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr. Prithviraj Chavan at Pune
November 2008: ‘YUVA GOURAV AWARD’ by All India Terapanth Yuvak Parishad by Acharya Shri Mahapradnyaji
September 2008: Honoured for his excellence in Mechanical Engineering field, by Dr. Shivram Bhoje, former Director of Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam
July 2008: ‘JIVAN GOURAV’ Award by Mr. M N Chayani, President-Corporate Affairs, Reliance Industries Ltd. & Chairman, Indian Merchants Chamber
December 2007: ‘NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL EXCELLENCY AWARD 2007’ for his contribution in non conventional energy sector through Wind Power Plants and manufacturing of Steel Tubular Towers for Wind Operated Turbine by All India Achievers Foundation, Delhi
February 2007: ‘SURYADATTA NATIONAL AWARD’ for his contribution to the Indian Industry with special reference to the Wind Mills Project by Suryadatta Education Foundation’s, Suryadatta Group of Institutes at Pune
February 2007: ‘JAYSINGPUR BHUSHAN 2007’ by Motilal Chordiya Charitable Trust and Rotary Club of Jaysingpur
April 2005: ‘BHARATIYA UDYOG RATAN AWARD’ by the Indian Economic Development & Research Association (IEDRA)
July 2003: ‘UDYOG RATNA’ Award (State Level) by the Hon. Minister for State, Ship Building (Govt. of India) Shri. Dilip Gandhi