November 18th is 126 Sir Jehangir J Ghandyth Birth Anniversary
Jamshedpur, November 17th: Former General Manager of Tata Steel Sir Jehangir J Ghandy played a key role in taking the management-worker bond to the next level.
Sir Ghandy’s contribution to the historic agreement signed between the Management and the Tata Employees Union in 1956, which laid the foundation for a closer relationship between the employees and management of Tata Steel. This led to the establishment of a three-level Joint Board system of management and employees. They are responsible for the promotion of welfare and safety measures and the improvement of employee working conditions.
Sir Ghandy joined Tata Steel in 1917 after completing Metallurgical and Steel Works Engineering from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
In 1918, he left for the United States for further studies and rejoined the Company in 1921 as a Metallurgical Engineer.
Sir Ghandy was appointed General Manager of Tata Steel in 1938. He was the first Indian to achieve this feat.
He retired from Tata Steel as Director-in-Charge in 1964.
He has also held several other key roles including Director of Tata Locomotive & Engineering Co. Ltd. (TELCO, now Tata Motors), Director of the Board of Tinplate Co. India, Tata Industries and Tata Sons, and many more. He was also the first Asian to be elected President of the International Organization for Standardization in 1964.
Sir Ghandy was made a Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire (CIE) in 1941 and knighted in 1945. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1958.
Jehangir Jivaji Ghandy was born on 18 November 1896, Mumbai, Maharashtra.
He first attended New High School in Mumbai, and later, joined St. Xavier’s College and Wilson College, Mumbai. He completed his graduation with Honors in Physics and Chemistry. He completed his postgraduate degree in Business Administration from Columbia University, New York. After that he continued his studies in Metallurgical Engineering and Steelwork from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Sir Ghandy passed away on 17 April 1972, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand.
Do you know?
The Xavier School of Management (XLRI) has an award ceremony named after him called the Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Industrial and Social Peace.
Established in 1949, the library at XLRI, was renamed after the late Sir Jehangir Ghandy in 1972, in his honour.