New Delhi: Founder’s Day is the most awaited annual celebration for every member of MBD family. This year it marks the 74th birth anniversary of our Founder, Shri Ashok Kumar Malhotra–an exemplar for business and society. Every year on 10 July MBDians renew their pledge to pursue his vision and values. The theme of MBD Group’s 9th Founder’s Day is “Touching Lives” as our founder believed in empowering rather than charity which he passed on to us with his legacy.
Shri Ashok Kumar Malhotra worked against impossible odds and limited resources but never lacked motivation, belief, determination, humility and also a burning desire and a dream to make MBD Group a super brand. Shri Ashok Kumar Malhotra started working at the family book shop, ‘Malhotra Book Depot’, while he was still in school. A first-generation entrepreneur who embarked on his journey of books at the tender age of 13, he authored and published General Education, his first book, with an initial seed capital of Rs. 1 lakh. He was a judicious amalgamation of grit and dedication, who believed in his dreams and lived them. Under his guidance and able leadership, MBD Group has phenomenally grown in the six decades of its existence, not only in the field of education but also in hospitality, retail developments and much more.
Malhotra Ji was a visionary who encouraged MBDians to be brilliant, set new benchmarks and strive to transform for building a better society. A keen innovator, he always remained focused on people-centric growth, right access and opportunities. His notable contribution towards betterment of society always kept him in the spotlight.
On this occasion Mrs. Satish Bala Malhotra, Chairperson–MBD Group, said, “We at MBD Group always believe in leveraging the brand legacy that Malhotra Ji has created as this provides credibility and legitimacy to Group’s initiatives. He strongly believed in equality and made conscientious efforts towards the empowerment of the less privileged. MBD Group makes a meaningful contribution to the society within which we live and work. From the cause of education for disadvantaged children to training teachers in schools, philanthropic endeavours by Ashok Malhotra Charitable Trust are unique and truly special.”
Ms. Monica Malhotra Kandhari, MD–MBD Group, said, “All these years, MBDians embraced social causes with fervour and extended helping hand to the needy. We are truly passionate about undertaking initiatives for betterment of the society and environment. This year, we carried out activities related to education, scholarships, cleanliness drives, mid-day meals, skill trainings and much more that helps in making the community a better place to live in. Moreover, through Ashok Malhotra Charitable Trust, MBD Group extends its support to projects like “Empowering Girl Child with Education”, “Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan” and many more. “Ms. Sonica Malhotra, JMD–MBD Group, said, “We aim to inspire excellence, make a world of difference and maintain the leadership position. My father always had a strong emotional connect with society and helping the needy was his natural duty. As per him when we have great inspiration from the people around us we have no excuse to overlook or ignore the people and their needs. Initiated by Ashok Malhotra Charitable Trust, ‘Touching Lives’ is an initiative that focuses on quality education, merit scholarships, training and skill development etc. on pan India basis revolving around his philosophy of giving back to the society and help the needy in all possible ways.“