Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the 11th President of India, to Deliver the Harish C. Mahindra Lecture at Harvard University

Sep 26, 2011, 10:28 ET from The Mahindra Group

MUMBAI, India, September 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

On Tuesday, September 27, 2011, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, 11th President of India, will deliver the Harish C. Mahindra lecture, an annual speech organized by Harvard University's South Asia Initiative in honor of late Mr. Harish C. Mahindra. The former head of state will speak about leadership, scientific advancement, and empowering the rural poor in a lecture entitled "Empowering Three Billion".

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Dr. Kalam served as India's leader between 2002 and 2007, and was popularly known as the "People's President" and the "Missile Man" because he sought to support technological innovation in order to advance India's weapons technology.

Mr. Anand Mahindra, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said "Dr. Kalam has left a lasting legacy for all Indians by serving as an astute leader with an affable personality. His keen interest in scientific advancement and sound knowledge of nuclear physics has been key in the progress made by India as a technology power house. We are honored to have Dr. Kalam deliver the lecture instituted in the memory of my late father Mr. Harish Mahindra."

Recently, Mr. Anand Mahindra gave USD 10 million for the Humanities Center at Harvard. Now called the Mahindra Humanities Center, it is a platform for dialogue amongst Harvard faculty, faculty from other area institutions, graduate students, undergraduates, and the public. The Center aims to foster collaboration between the humanities, social sciences, and sciences in the belief that the humanities make a unique contribution in establishing -- through interpretation and conversation -- communities of interest and climates of opinion.

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The Mahindra Group focuses on enabling people to rise. Mahindra operates in the key industries that drive economic growth, enjoying a leadership position in tractors, utility vehicles, information technology, vacation ownership, rural and semi-urban financial services, etc. Mahindra has a significant and growing presence amongst others, in the automotive industry, agribusiness, aerospace, automotive components, consulting services, defence, energy, industrial equipment, logistics, real estate, retail, steel and two wheelers.

A US $12.5 billion multinational group based in Mumbai, India, Mahindra employs more than 1,37,000 people in over 100 countries. In 2011, Mahindra featured on the Forbes Global 2000 list, a listing of the biggest and most powerful listed companies in the world. For four years in a row, Mahindra has featured in the Forbes Asia's Fab 50 List of the 50 best publicly traded companies in the Asia-Pacific regions. Dun & Bradstreet also ranked Mahindra at No. 1 in the automobile sector in its list of India's Top 500 Companies.

In 2010, Mahindra featured in the Credit Suisse Great Brands of Tomorrow. Its flagship company Mahindra & Mahindra Limited is the only Indian automobile manufacturer to feature in the top 10 list of the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index in India - 2010, created by the Carbon Disclosure (CDP).  In 2011, Mahindra acquired a majority stake in Korea's SsangYong Motor Company.

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