Mangaluru: During the introduction of the awardee Rtn Nandakishore Rao mentioned that Dr Sashi Kiran Shetty is a “Super Star”, for the fact that he has Super Qualities, Super Ideas, and he has attained Super Success in business around the globe. We could also call him Super Star, for the fact, on 25 July 2014 it is revealed that the bungalow of deceased Bollywood Super Star Rajesh Khanna, famously known as Aashirwad, located on Carter Road in suburban Mumbai, was purchased by Shetty in 950 Million INR. SKS is a very dynamic and eminent entrepreneur, Founder and Chairman of Mumbai based M/s All Cargo Logistics Ltd, which enjoys the status of the largest integrated logistic company in the private sector and one of the most professionally managed process driven organizations. He is also the CEO of SKS Netgate which promoted the “SKS Planet Apartments” which is the largest residential complex in Karnataka State and DK, and is recognized as Luxurious Apartments Complex of Mangaluru City. His contributions to the growth and development of Indian Economy is immense and invaluable. Today his company has grown as Global leader in integrated logistics solutions, operating in over 160 countries with more than 300 offices backed by more than 8500 team members, with an annual income of more than one billion US dollars.
We may also recall that Dr Sashi Kiran Shetty is also a builder and promoter of prestigious residential apartment complex, Planet SKS which is one of the tallest buildings consisting 40 floors and comprising 171 luxurious apartments with ultra-modern amenities in Mangaluru City. The Rotarians and Rotractors felt that it was a privilege to confer the 2016 Vandana Award on Dr Sashi Kiran Shetty for his exemplary achievements in the field of International Logistic Sector and in appreciation of his invaluable contribution in the apartment sector. The felicitation ceremony and Vandana Award presentation organized by Rotary Club of Mangalore Central and Rotaract Club of Mangalore City was held on Friday, 29 April 2016 at Eden Aquatic and Sports Foundation-Mangaluru.
The programme began with invoking God’s blessings through a prayer quote by Rtn RS Shetty, followed by welcome address by Rtn Elias Sanctis-President of Roatray Club of Mangalore Central. Briefing about the Vandana awards was done by PDG MPHF Rtn Dr B Devdas Rai- Chairman of Awards Committee where he said, “Rotary Club annually selects their prestigious state level Vandana Award to the achievers in the field of sports, literature, Industry, business, music, Science, Art and Culture and Social Service as a part of clubs vocational service actively. Our past Vandana awardees are :2004-2005-Ananda Shetty, Dr.Shantharam Shetty,Prof. G R. Rai, Pradeep Kalkura, Navaneeth Shetty,B R. Bhat, Mrs. VandanaPai; 2005-2006-Dr. M. Mohan Alva,A. Sadananda Shetty,N. Mogasale,Harsha,Brig. I. N. Rai; 2006-2007-Prof.Dr. B.M. Hegde, Prof.Dr. N.R. Shetty, M.N. Rajendra Kumar, Amritha. Someshwara, Ramakrishna, Harekala Hajabba; 2007-2008-Justice Santhosh Hegde; 2008-2009-Padmashree Chandrashekar B. S; 2009-2010-Actor Gurukiran; 2010-2011-Padmashree Kadri Gopalnath; 2011-2012- Dr A. J. Shetty; 2012-2013-Kasargod Chinna, Mobility Centre For The Blind; 2013-2014-Dr. B. R. Shetty; 2014-2015-Javagal Srinath.
Following the release of the Rotary Club Bulletin, Rtn Nandakishore Rao gave a brief introduction of the Vandana Awardee Dr Sashi Kiran Shetty, following which SKS was honoured with the award comprising of a citation, plaque and memento. Accepting the award, in his appreciation speech, Dr Sashi Kiran Shetty said, ” It’s a indeed a blessing to receive this award from the Rotarians, whom many are my friends and relatives. I feel that I was a right place at a right time to get this award. In my life it’s always been a privilege to work with great people. Opportunities came by and I accepted them, worked with dedication and sincerity, and success was on my side. I learned new things, learned many languages, new ideas and so on. I invested my life in people learning new techniques and ideas. You need to be smart, trust-worthy, be passionate, take bold decisions, keep your commitments. I followed the footsteps of my father and mother, and its because of them what I am now”
Speaking on SKS Planet, Dr Sashi Kiran Shetty said, “What is good, is a matter of opinion. However, it is validated, when it is acknowledged, appreciated and welcomed by others. Planet SKS was our humble attempt to do it right, using our knowledge, experience, resources, skills and imagination with utmost dedication. May Planet SKS endure, serve, inspire and leave behind a legacy of all that is good for our children. Let this be a small planet of eternal joy. We trust that Planet SKS will touch the lives of your loved ones with joy, and accommodate their happiness. I am happy that this project has been a dream come true for me and Sanath. We both wanted to give this City something unique in residential apartments, and we have achieve our goal. Out of 171 condos, nearly 75% have been sold, which proves that our buyers have faith in our work and approved all the facilities that we have provided as world class which is satisfying. Our buyers are spread across the globe, including Gulf Countries, New York, Europe countries and London, who have some connection to Kudla and hence we have invested in this venture. Planet SKS will be a great address for Mangaloreans to be associated with. There will be be no run-of-the-mill stuff. The success of SKS Planet is due to the hard work and sincere efforts put in by Sanath Kumar Shetty. Your blessings in creating this landmark means a lot to me and Sanath”.
Others guests of honour on the dais were- Rtn MPHF Ramakrishna Kamath-Assistant Governor, Zone IV, RI Dist 3180, Rtr PHF Mahadevswamy-Dist. Rotaract Representative, RI Dist 3180. Rtr Rajesh Devadiga -president of Rotaract Club of Mangalore City proposed the vote of thanks. The Rotary Club of Mangalore Central presented a cheque for Rs 60,000 to the President of Puttur Roatary Club towards the “Vidya Jyothi” project, which aims at providing Solar lighting for poor and low income people, with a motto, ” Be a gift to the world”.
Speaking to Mangalorean.com after the formal function, Dr Sashi Kiran Shetty said, ” It’s indeed a privilege to receive this award from a prestigious organization like Rotary. I feel truly blessed to get this award. There is nothing wrong in getting an award for your achievements- receiving awards make you more responsible and be dedicated towards your work and others. I am glad to note that Rotary Club is doing immense service and giving charity to the community. While the the concept that giving to others can make you feel good about yourself is not revolutionary, there are several more subtle ways that giving your money or time for a cause can benefit your psychological, spiritual and emotional well-being. When you donate to a charitable organization or a non-profit group, may improve your sense of well-being. The act of helping others can create an improved sense of well-being. Knowing that you sacrificed something such as time, finances or property in order to help others in need can give you a sense of purpose in life or work and inner satisfaction. When considering donating to a charity, many people tend to research the issues connected to that organization. As a result, you become more educated about social injustices around the world. You may discover new points of view and opinions on topics about which you were previously uniformed. This knowledge may position you to help increase the awareness of social problems among those in your sphere of influence from a balanced and educated standpoint . Me and my wife are involved in many community projects- I also urge others also to lend their helping hand to the needy”