Dr. Ramachandra N Galla
Amara Raja Batteries Ltd
From his roots in an agricultural family Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, Dr. Galla came full circle to the region after a long stint in USA. He built on his experience and expertise working in critical positions in the power and electrical industry in the US to power the greenfield enterprises of Amara Raja Power Systems and Amara Raja Batteries.
After completing his bachelor's degree and double master's degrees in engineering, Dr. Galla spent 16 years in the US in various capacities including the designing of the electrical auxiliary power and electrical controls for nuclear power plants. Dr. Galla was a prominent member of the Indian Diaspora in the US.
He returned to India in 1984 to play a part in the resurgence of India's development, setting up Amara Raja Power Systems Ltd and Amara Raja Batteries Limited, at a project cost of Rs 2 crores and Rs 20 crores respectively, in rural areas of Chittoor district with less than 12 employees.
These concerns have grown to become the Amara Raja Group, which spans the production of lead acid batteries (AMARON brand), power conversion products, sheet metal products, electronic products, and food processing with annual sales turnover of Rs 2,500 crores during 2009-10.
Dr. Galla, with his entrepreneurial ventures, has been instrumental in providing direct employment to 7,000 people and indirect employment close to 15,000 in the region.
Dr. Galla is also a staunch believer in giving back to society. The Amara Raja Group has set up a number of trusts that work towards education, rural development and management of water. Krishna Devaraya Educational & Cultural Association, established in 1975, provides scholarship to poor and needy students. The Rajanna Trust, of which Dr. Galla is the Managing Trustee, constructs check dams and deepens tanks to improve ground water levels. The Mangal Trust (Mangamma & Gangul Naidu Memorial Trust) was established in 2003 to provide drinking water facilities, constructing check dams & providing infrastructure facilities to Petamitta (Dr. Galla's birth place) and surrounding villages.
In recognition of the contribution to the society and technology, SV University and JNTU University awarded honorary doctorates during 2007 and 2008 respectively.