A distinguished political leader, philanthropist, educationist and social worker, Dr. Akhilesh Das is the pride of Lucknow city. He has established himself as a worthy son of his illustrious father Late Babu Banarasi Das Ji.
PUBLIC LIFE: He has obtained MBA, LLB & Ph.D.(Human Resource Management )degrees, Dr. Akhilesh Das decided to follow his father's footprints by choosing Social Service as his primary goal. In his distinguished public life spanning well over three decades, Dr. Das was first elected as the Mayor of Lucknow in year 1993 and became one of the youngest Mayors of the world. Subsequently, he was elected as a Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) in November 1996 and was re-elected for a second term in November 2002 till November 2008. Dr. Das has been elected again as a Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) for a third consecutive term in 2008 till 2014.
Dr. Das has been a member of many important parliamentary committees and National level apex advisory & statutory bodies including the AIMS. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of AICTE. He had been the Chairman Parliamentary Standing Committee for Industries.
He also served with distinction as the Union Minister of State for Steel and made a place for himself as one of the foremost National leaders.
CONTRIBUTION TO SPORTS: Dr. Akhilesh Das is an enthusiastic sports person. He underwent an exhaustive training in England as a Junior Badminton player. Later, he represented and captained the U.P. State Badminton team for many years and won many National & International tournaments including the National Doubles Championship. His love for other sports is no less. He has been instrumental in organizing and facilitating many National level tournaments in various sports. Presently he is the president of the U.P. Olympic Association & Chairman of Badminton Association of India.
CONTRIBUTION TO THE CAUSE OF EDUCATION: As a social thinker, Dr. Das realized the need of Quality Technical & Professional education for the overall growth and upliftment of the masses and development of the State of Uttar Pradesh. Accordingly, Babu Banarasi Das Educational Society (BBDES) was founded through which the torch for higher professional education was lit in Lucknow, the Capital of U.P. The first institution in the series, Babu Banarasi Das National Institute of Technology & Management (BBDEC) was established in 1998.
TRAVELS AND EXPERIENCES: He has travelled extensively to U.K., U.S.A., Japan, France, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal,Sau Pualo etc. on several occasions. Dr. Das has attended several World Seminars and Conferences including UNO sponsored Conference of Mayors (Japan) in 1993 and UNCTAD XI Conference (Brazil) in 2004. As the Mayor of Lucknow, he attended the International Children's Game held in Canada in 1994 and led the Indian Badminton Team as its Chief-de-Mission at the Athens Olympics in August 2004. Dr. Das also led a team of academicians to various European countries to study their education systems in the year 2002.