successful businessman, an adventurer, world record holder
in aviation, sports enthusiast and a philanthropist
are just some of the ways to describe the personality
of Dr. Vijaypat Singhania.
He has been an aviator
for four decades with a total flying experience of over
5000 hours. He has many credits to his record in the
sphere of aviation.
In recognition of his achievements in
aviation, the then President of India, H. E. Shri. R.
Venkataraman conferred on him the rank of Hon. Air Commodore
of the Indian Air Force (IAF)
The No.6th Air Squadron of the IAF comprising
of the Mirage 2000 honored him by including him as the
first and the only civilian member of the squadron of
“The Battle Axes”
In association with Capt. Wadia he started
an Aviation school to improve safety and standards in
flying under the Federation of Indian Pilots.
Vijaypat Singhania was recently awarded the “Tenzing
Norgay National Adventure Award” for Lifetime Achievement
by the then Prime Minister of India, Hon. Shri. Atal Behari
Vajpayee, for his outstanding achievement in aviation.
He was also awarded “Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj
Smarak Award” for his achievement in the field of
aviation by the Hon. Vice President of India, Shri Bhairav
Vijaypat Singhania has also been active in the
sport of Thoroughbred Horse Racing for three decades
and was a member of the Managing Committee of
the Royal Western India Turf Club, Mumbai for
several years, retiring as its Chairman in 1996-97.
Vijaypat Singhania has constantly worked towards
social causes. He has been involved in several
social and welfare activities through institutions
like the J K Sports Foundation, Smt. Sulochanadevi
Singhania School and Medical Centres. He has also
been involved in Animal Husbandry and has constantly
supported in-house research for thirty years in
the field of upgradation of Indian cattle. He
has created J K Trust Gram Vikas Yojana to pass
on the benefits of research to the rural population.
Singhania initiated a Cattle Breed Improvement
Programme to enhance milk yield at the farmer’s
doorstep; with the sole objective of alleviating
malnutrition, unemployment and poverty.
Singhania is a philanthropist, a keen photographer
and he loves teaching. He was a professor
at the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management
Studies teaching post-graduate students.