Mid Town Musings: June 2016

Ghansham Dembla: A Gentleman Rotarian

Born in Karachi, Ghansham Demla was 12 years old when he, along with his mother and brother, were forced to leave Pakistan due to the Partition in 1947. They boarded an Australian cargo ship which was coming to Mumbai (then Bombay) for repairs. They stayed in a dharmshala in Kalbadevi, Mumbai before moving to Pune and then to Delhi before coming back to Mumbai.

Ghansham Dembla studied at St. Xavier’s High School which was the best school in Mumbai at that time. He then joined St. Xavier’s College and acquired his Bachelor of Engineering degree in 1957. He then proceeded to do a post graduation in engineering from London University.

During his stay in London, he worked with the English Electric Company and was a part of the team which designed the electricals of Durgapur Steel Plant. The plant was set up in 1957 with the help of the United Kingdom.

On his return to Mumbai, Ghansham Dembla started Precision Rubber Industries Pvt. Ltd. to manufacture textile spinning components which were earlier imported. Today, the company is the largest manufacturer of these products in the country, and exports the products to more than 35 countries across the globe.

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