Anand G. Mahindra, chairman of Mahindra Group, is the first Indian recipient of the Harvard Medal. He received the honor for his “dedication, generosity and service” to the university at the annual meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association during Harvard’s 363rd commencement program May 29.
Mahindra graduated from Harvard College in 1977 and received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1981.
“To be honored by one’s alma mater is a matter of great personal pride,” he said in a press release. “Harvard has given me much more than just an education; it has expanded my world view and brought in a cross-cultural focus to my personal and professional life. This was also the impetus for establishing the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard in 2010,” he added.
Jack Reardon, executive director, Harvard Alumni Association, said that Mahindra “has a deep interest in Harvard and understands the research efforts of the university that can make a positive difference to people around the world.”
Co-founder of the Harvard Business School Association of India, Mahindra is also a founding member of the university’s South Asia Institute, the HBS India Research Center and the SAI field office in Mumbai. He is also a member of the Asia Center Advisory Committee.
Mahindra is currently a member of the Harvard President's Global Advisory Council, the Committee on University Resources, the HBS Board of Dean's Advisors, and the SAI Founder’s Club. In 2010, he donated $10 million to the Humanities Center, which was renamed the Mahindra Humanities Center to honor his mother, Indira Mahindra.