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Sir Shri Ram
--: Biography of Sir Shri Ram :--


 Sir Shri Ram    سرشری رام 
آپ کو اُردو زبان و ادب سے دِ لی لگائو تھا۔ شاعروں اور ادیبوں کی سرپرستی اور قدر دانی فرماتے تھے۔ اور ہند و پاک مشاعرے کے بانی تھے۔
Sir Shri Ram was born on April 27, 1884.  First son of Madan Mohan Lal and Chando Devi, Lala Shri Ram got most of his early education from a Municipal Primary School in Bazaar Sita Ram.  He matriculated in March, 1900 and later got himself enrolled for the Intermediate Arts course at Hindu College.  In 1909, when he joined DCM, Lala Shri Ram was 25 years old.
Sir Shri Ram was a Paton of Urdu Adab,keen interest in Urdu Shayari, founder of Indo-Pak Mushaira in India, an eminent and public-spirited philanthropist, an outstanding industrialist and one of the trend-setting visionary leaders of the Indian business community. He possessed the rare business perceptions and uncommon entrepreneurial acumen for setting up industries.
Sir Shri Ram began as a humble worker and went on to set up one of India's largest business houses - the DCM Group. Born into a family of modest means, Shri Ram, in the 79 years of his life, built an industrial empire manufacturing a vast variety of goods like - textiles, sugar, chemicals, vanaspati, pottery, fans, sewing machines, electric motors and capacitors.
In 1909 Sir Shri Ram has joined DCM at the age of 25 years. Lala Shri Ram's earlier entrepreneurial initiatives had ended in debacles. It was in 1917 at DCM at the end of the First World War that he got the opportunity to choose entrepreneurial alternatives. It was Madan Mohan Lall and Sir Shri Ram's managerial initiatives in expanding the Company's government business during the First World War that brought about the recovery in DCM. He came in to prominence as he wanted DCM to expand. Along the years he diversified into many other businesses also.
His dealings with the workers throw into relief another aspect of his personality. Unlike other industrialists of his stature he would communicate with the working class.In a society as stratified as the Indian, society he has the unusual gift of looking at the process of industrialization through the workers eyes.
At a time when the country faced problems of multiple dimensions, the biggest challenge before the first Prime Minister Pt. J. L. Nehru was to lay foundation of industrially self-reliant India. Sir Shriram left no stone unturned in realizing the dreams of independent India by setting up of new lines of industrial units with the highest standards of quality. He took lead and brought the entrepreneurs of that period together by forming institutions like CII, FICCI and PHDCCI, which today play a key role in the growth of Modern India. His election in 1930 at the age of 46 as the President of FICCI showed his national status.
Even British Raj recognized the contributions made by Sir Shriram towards the development of society and hence conferred him with a knighthood.
Sir Shri Ram was among the earliest industrialists who could foresee the usefulness of organized approach by the country's business community. Moreover, in seeking growth for his enterprises, Sir Shriram scrupulously pursued a policy which had its foundation based on intellectual integrity, devotion to duty, and a liberal humanism directed towards the common weal of all sections of Indian society.
He possessed an analytical mind, and an infinite capacity for work, a knack for human relations.  His view of business and perhaps of himself was put down by him in later years in rather revealing statements, “In my humble opinion, business is not merely a matter of attending work for a few hours.  It is a matter of thinking, dreaming, imagining and working.”
His election in 1930 at the age of 46 as president of FICCI was the first intimation of his national stature.
During his life, Lala Shri Ram’s main emphasis was on vocational, technical and women’s education.  As far back in 1920, he had decided to conduct first experiment in vocation-oriented education by founding the Commercial Education Trust.  The first school taken over by Commercial Education Trust was the Commercial High School.  His Association with the Trust continued right upto the end of his life.  The Commercial High School was raised in 1926 to the standard of an Intermediate College, in 1930 to a degree college and in 1934 to a post-graduate College.
In 1942, Lala Shri Ram became the Chairman of the Governing Body of the College. By the year 1948, although comparatively young among the colleges of Delhi University, the Commercial College had the maximum enrolment possible under the University rules.  The College offered B.A. pass course and the B.A. honours course in Commerce and M.A. course in Economics and Commerce.
 In 1949, it was proposed to rename the College as “Shri Ram College of Commerce” but it took three year to implement it due to initial resistance of Lala Shri Ram.  Until 1949, the College was located at 8, Darya Ganj, New Delhi.  In 1950, the proposal to shift the College to the University Enclave was accepted and implemented.
 Lala Shri Ram’s association with the College continued till 1962, when because of failing health, he resigned.  His health continued to deteriorate and he passed away on January 11, 1963.  
On the death of Lala Shri Ram, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, the then President of India said, “He was not only a great industrialist but helped many good causes. His contributions to education are memorable”.
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