Young Indians (Yi) Mumbai Chapter launched

Mumbai, March 04, 2016: “We can. We will!” The mission of Yi was the buzz through the day as the Mumbai Chapter of Yi was launched today at the Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai. And what better occasion than the CII Maharashtra Annual Day, as Yi Mumbai was launched at the hands of Mr. Subhash Desai, Honourable Industries Minister, Government of Maharashtra.

The New Chair for Yi Mumbai for 2016-17 is Mr. Sujit Patil, Vice President and Head Corporate Communications, Godrej Industries Limited and Associate Companies. While his tenure begins in April 2016, Sujit and his team are an enthusiastic bunch of young professionals who have already made significant headway. They have led and participated in a host of activities including the CII Tower Run 2015 and seminar on ‘Value based Leadership’ during National Youth Week. Yi Mumbai supported the National Volunteering Week in a big way by way of participation in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, creating awareness on child sexual abuse in schools and mentoring management students.

Speaking on the official launch of the Mumbai Chapter, Sujit Patil, said, “Young Indians since its inception in 2002 has come a long way and has made significant contribution towards nation building initiatives. It gives me immense pleasure to Chair the Mumbai Chapter of Yi. It will be my endeavor to lead the Mumbai Chapter to greater heights. We have chalked out a detailed plan for the year based on the Yi pillars and look forward to playing an active role in India’s development process.”

While the start has been great, the plan ahead promises to be even better. Yi Mumbai has laid out a detailed plan for FY 16 -17. This includes a focused outreach program with government officials, sessions on entrepreneurship & Innovation, mentoring management students and workshops across primary schools to create awareness on child sexual abuse. The plan also includes support to Project Swachh Bharat through a detailed volunteering program. In addition, the Mumbai Chapter plans to create a vertical on ‘Environment & Biodiversity’ among other nation building initiatives.

Sanjay Kirloskar, Chairman, CII Western Region and Chairman & Managing Director, Kirloskar Brothers Ltd, said, “In addition to Industry, CII also works on various aspects concerning society through its youth arm, Young Indians (Yi) since youth is the most active building block in society. Yi engages Indian youth to contribute to community development through its various projects. I congratulate Yi Mumbai Chapter on their launch and wish them great success in engaging the youth of Mumbai in nation building.”

Profile of Sanjay Kirloskar

Sanjay Kirloskar holds Bachelor’s in Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, USA. Mr. Sanjay Kirloskar is the Chairman and Managing Director of Kirloskar Brothers Limited (KBL). KBL is India’s largest manufacturer and exporter of pumps. The core businesses of KBL are large infrastructure projects (Water Supply, Power Plants, and Irrigation), Engineered Pumps, Industrial Pumps, Agriculture and Domestic Pumps, Valves, Motors and Hydro turbines.

Profile of Sujit Patil

Sujit M Patil, Vice President and Head Corporate Communications, Godrej Industries Limited and Associate Companies

Sujit drives corporate and brand PR and is responsible for building and sustaining the Group’s reputation across diverse stakeholders. He has played a key role in training spokespersons, defining crisis communication guidelines, strengthening media relations and streamlining PR measurement metrics.

Prior to joining Godrej, Sujit led a global Corporate Communications function at Tata Chemicals Limited, a global Chemicals company with operations across Asia, Europe, Africa and America. He has also worked with Larsen and Toubro Limited and Emerson Process Management. Sujit has extensive experience in working across the communication spectrum including in global branding, sustainability and M&A.

Over the years, he has won over 150 national and international awards for internal and external communication and is a regular speaker at key industry conferences including the World Communication Forum, Davos. He is among the three globally accredited business communicators in India, certified by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). He is also the winner of the IABC International Gold Quill award, the only Indian communications professional to win this global accolade thrice.

 About Young Indians:

Young Indians (Yi) is an integral part of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), a non-government, not-for-profit, industry led and industry managed organisation playing a proactive role in India’s development process. Yi was formed in the year 2002 with an objective of creating a platform for young Indians to realize the dream of a developed nation. Yi has around 2350 direct members in 37 chapters, and engages around 10500 students through chaupals, under the brand ‘Yuva’. The Yi membership includes young progressive Indians between the age group of 21 & 40 and comprises entrepreneurs, professionals and achievers from different walks of life. “To become the Voice of Young Indians Globally” being the vision of Yi, it provides a platform for young Indians to participate in and contribute by becoming an integral part of the Indian growth story. Yi’s work is divided primarily into three groups; “Youth Leadership”, “Nation Building” and “Thought Leadership”. With Thirteen years of glorious past and decades ahead that promise nothing short, Yi intends to become a larger movement of young people and promote the attitude of “We Can, We Will”.


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