It takes a little more than just a dream to surmount resistance in life. It takes sheer persistence and hard work to achieve success and one man who has shown such mettle is Jaiprakash Gaur. Founder and Chairman of the Jaypee group, Gaur has been one of the most successful spearheads across global landscapes. The stead fast determination to contribute to nation-building and the conviction in his heart translated into the birth of a new dynamic enterprise. It started with a small capital of INR 10,000. The main reason behind this success was the experience he gained during his work in the irrigation department of Uttar Pradesh for 7 years. The project made him realise that if major construction projects, particularly river-valley and hydro-power projects could be undertaken efficiently with regard to quality, technology, time and cost, it would act as a catalyst in building India’s much needed infrastructure.
Some of the greatest contributions of their group have been the Sardar Sarovar Dam (India’s largest dam with 7.2 million of chilled concrete, larger by 75% in terms of volume than “Bhakra Nangal Dam”), Tehri Rockfill Dam (Asia’s largest Rockfill Dam) and Nathpa Jhakri (the largest underground power house in India). All thanks to his constant efforts of establishing excellence as his unassailable ally. He is not only acknowledged for building concrete structures but also lives. With a firm belief in ‘development with a human face’, Gaur has established 28 schools in the backward districts of the country enrolling 30,000 students. In an ambitious expansion of his education programme, the Jaiprakash Sewa Sanasthan (JSS) proposes to establish many institutions by 2014, which will have an enrolment of 2 lakh students. Gaur has been honoured with a D.Sc. by Bundelkhand University in the year 1997 in recognition of his distinguished contribution to the field of engineering and technology and a Doctorate of Philosophy (Honoris Causa) by the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee in the year 2009.
The President of India had nominated Jaiprakash Gaur as chairman of the board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee for three years in 2005 and again in 2008. He had his company’s cable address as “Ironwill”, way back in early sixties. Gaur has come a long way working on the clarion call of the India’s first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru when he famously termed the Bhakra – Nangal Project as a temple of modern India.
He received the “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” for his exceptional contribution in infrastructure and construction sector by Ernst & Young in 2008. He also “Udyog Ratna Award” by the PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry in recognition of his contribution to economic development of the states like Madhya Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttaranchal.
He has been bestowed with the highest civilian honour of Bhutan (Druk Khorlo) by the King of Bhutan on Dec. 24, 2009, and a “Lifetime Achievement Award” by Builders’ Association of India in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Indian Construction Industry in 2005.