The Person

Deepak Shikarpur was born on 30 January 1965 in Pune, Maharashtra. He was born as a premature baby and hence had a difficult early childhood. His parents Late Vasudeo/ Late Vasudha and grand parents Late Gajanan/Late Mangala and his maternal uncle Late Madhumama Jumde played a big role in his upbringing normally. Due to his father’s transferable jobs his childhood was spent in Sangli, Solapur, Ahemednagar and Pune.

Education

In his school days, he was promoted from 3rd to 5th standard and hence completed school education ahead of time. After getting very good scores in HSC, he chose engineering as his career. He completed engineering from Walchand College of Engineering, Sangli in 1985 and stood 6th rank in Shivaji University. He completed his Post Graduation Degree (PGDM) in Marketing/ Sales Management. He has received Ph.D from Bharati Vidyapeeth University in March 2010. Topic of his thesis was on “Study of Opportunities for Engineering Process Outsourcing For SME Enterprises in and around Pune

Professional experience

  • Dr Deepak was employed in the IT department of Telco, now Tata Motors from 1985 till July 2000. He singlehandedly pioneered concept and marketing of the Software Product, Turbo Analyst, for bringing discipline in software development life-cycle. This product won several awards and accolades from various forums/IT Publications during the decade 1990-2000. From 1996-2000 he was involved in Global Business Development activities of Tata Technolgies in areas such as ERP/SAP, Engineering Services and Project Management. He had a successful and rewarding career for 15 years in the Tata Group.
  • He is a technopreneur since August 2001 and is now Director with IT ventures Autoline Design Software Pvt ltd, and Seed Infotech Ltd.
  • He is member of Advisory Board of Saama Tech USA and Chief Mentor of a US and India based Digital Healthcare company

An Avid Traveler

He has visited 40 plus countries in the last 20 years for professional and personal reasons. He loves to travel. He has seen most of India, Mahabaleshwar, Goa and Kerala being his favorite holiday destinations in India. He hates to drive and is a good companion if you are willing to drive! 

His all time favorite destinations abroad are Paris, Swiss Alpes, Scotland, France, Ohio (USA), Kenyan Safari in wild jungles of Africa, Singapore and the list is endless. 

London is his favourite city and was fortunate to visit it many times. He was fortunate to witness the all time best world cup semi final tied match Australia Vs South Africa at the Lords in 1999.

Hobbies

When he is in town, he loves trekking the Vetal Tekdi, Parvati hills and National Defense Academy hills. 

He enjoys Badminton and Table Tennis, takes to water like a fish and even enjoys Bridge as nourishment to analytical and logical mind! 

Walking is his passion too and many times you will find him walking the streets of Pune.

And guess what, our multi-faceted personality loves Bollywood movies too and sometimes even attends premiers of new releases! 

He has won many Table Tennis tournaments during his school / college years. He was selected to represent Shivaji

University for the same in the year 1983. Also won many trophies in Table Tennis / Bridge at the Rotary Sports Hungama.

He has modeled for Wonder Group/VLCC and has acted in Marathi movie Rajkaran

The newspaper columnist and The Tutor

Through his writings about IT, he has enthused people from all walks of life, of all ages to acquaint themselves with computers and technology. He has been writing on technology for almost 2 decades . He has written hundreds of articles in newspapers and periodicals, written several books and research papers, some of which were presented at various seminars and conferences in India as well as abroad.

He has promoted Pune on a range of platforms and focuses on helping people understand technology and benefiting from it. On an average he delivers 5 public lectures per month on enlightening people about IT. His passion is to coach and mentor rural students/start up entrepreneurs . Many senior IT professionals consult him for Career Counseling. He visits IT companies to address Young Techies and inspires them on Future Vision. 

He has written 38 books on IT and won many awards for his literary work.

A Voracious Reader

He is a voracious reader. Humor, suspense and philosophy are his favorite. He has always been a fan of Late Shri. P. L. Deshpande. His favourite authors are late Sir Arthur Connon Doyle, Late Earl Stanley Gardner, Late Agatha Christie etc.

Awards And Felicitations

  • Poona Blindman Association Lifetime Achievement award 2015
  • Business Standard ASM Award for Individual Social Responsibility 2014
  • Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service 2014
  • Top Management Consortium Award for Service Excellence 2013
  • Silicon Valley IT Icon award 2012
  • Late G R Paranjape award by Marathi SahityaParishad for best literature in 2011
  • Lokmat P V Gadgil memorial award for 2011
  • Lions International Vocational Excellence Award 2000
  • Cosmos award in May 2001
  • ParvatiPunyasbhushan 2012
  • Sangli Gaurav award 2011
  • Veer Savarkar Award Constituted by Maharashtra Government for Literature in 2005
  • Wrangler Paranjape award for Best literature , 2007
  • Late ShantanuraoKirloskar Achievement Award 2010

Recognitions

  • Fellow Member of Institution of Engineers
  • Fellow and Past Chairman Computer Society of India
  • Fellow of Maharashtra Academy of Sciences
  • Popular orator in Mass lectures . Spoke thrice in Vasant Vyakhyanmala and once in MaathiSahityaSammelan
  • Awarded for Literature for mass promotion by Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited
  • Authored 32 plus books on IT in Marathi and English
  • Member Academic Council Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (2015-17)
  • Former chairman Board of Studies (Computer Management) and Member Academic Council Savitribai Phule Pune University (2007-14)
  • Former Member of governing Board of Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education (2007-2012)
  • Member of BharatiyaVidya Bhavan, Pune center (2012 onwards)
  • Former Member of special IT/eGovernance Task force of the state formed by Hon Chief Minister of Maharashtra in 2007
  • Former Member Selection Committee Maharashtra State IT awards (2007-2011)

Rotary Career

He is second generation Rotarian . His father was a Rotarian and he was active member of Rotaract in college days. He joined RC Pune Shivajinagar at age 27 from 1991. His Classification is IT promotion. He was the club President in 2005-06 and has bagged the Best President Award. He has served Rotary District 3130 and 3131 on many assignments with responsibilities such as Chairman Corporate promotion (Rotary Foundation), Assistant Governor , GSE Team leader (visiting District 6600 Ohio), Director (Youth and Family of Rotary), Director (Rotary Foundation Promotion) and District Secretary (Events and Meets). Deepak is a Second Level Major Donor of Rotary Foundation.

He was elected unopposed as the sixth District Governor for Rotary District 3131 for the year 2013-14. District 3131 comprises of around 90 rotary clubs in western maharshtra. 

Rotary International President (2011-12) Kalyan Banerjee had appointed him on an International Assignment as a member of Social Networking committee of Rotary International for the year 2011-12. He was the only member serving in the committee from South Asia. 

As District Governor of Rotary in the year 2013-14 he undertook several pathbreaking community service projects in aand around Pune. Providing Digital Literacy, Special Devices for Visually challenged children, Providing toilets to ladies in 3 police stations , eLearning for 115 schools, Polio Doses/Rubella Vaccination to 1 lac children , Books/Libraries in 27 schools, scholarships to needy children, Health check up for slum dwellers etc. He raised USD 1.6 Million for Rotary Foundation and added 1189 new members in RID 3131 during Rotary year 2013.14, For his performance in Rotary year 2013-14 he was recognized by Rotary International President Gary Huang with a Special Citation of Meritorious Service of Rotary Foundation in a glittering function held at Mumbai . RID 3131 won many awards and accolades during Zone Institute Chennai 2014 for performance in Membership, Youth and Rotary Foundation. He has worked as Assistant Rotary Co ordinator in 2014-15 and is presently working as Assistant Rotary Public Image Co ordinator for 2015-16 .

Personal Life

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He lost his father in 2008 and mother in 2015. His sister Priya (Deepa) is a successful working professional in KPIT Cummins. She is married to industrialist Manoj Hardikar and has a son Tarang studying in Junior College.

He is married to Gauri (nee Sonia) who is a commerce graduate and Post Graduate in Law. She is a classical music teacher. Deepak & Gauri's son Vedvrat is now employed as Technical writer in a Software Company having operations in USA and India.

His wife Geetgauri Nandalal Godbole a commerce graduate and Post Graduate in Law and got married to Deepak on 30th November 1989. Her passion for classical music fostered after marriage to Deepak and she leant Sitar from Lila Kanade. She has recently passed Visharad Degree from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. By profession now she is a classical music teacher. She teaches Sitar, Harmonium and Classical Music. She has won many awards and accolades for her performance . She was awarded with Vocational Excellence award by Rotary club of Pune Hillside in 2007. 

Rtn Gauri is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and active member of Rotary Club of Pune Shivajinagar. She has served the club in various capacities such as Director (PR), bulletin committee chairman , nominated as director (membership) for the year 2011-12 and honorary secretary for the year 2011-12. She was co-director for women in rotary avenue for district 3131 in the year 2010-11. Gauri has won many awards for her contribution in the club like Best Ann, Best Couple (three times), Outstanding performance award etc. She is always bestowed upon responsibility for organizing musical events. She is a very good Compere and has managed many stage performances.

She is presently leading Rotary Club of Pune Shivajinagar as first Lady President (since charter of the club in 1985)

People Who Have Inspired Me

Deriving Inspiration

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During my formative years, there were many people who inspired me, touched my life in a very positive way, encouraged me to do my best ..

Late JRD Tata - Founder of the Tata Empire

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Nothing worthwhile in life is achieved without vision and hard work

I was fortunate to meet him in the year 1985 at a training session at TMTC.

Mr N R Narayan Murthy - Chairman and Chief Mentor Infosys Technologies

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Objective of Business is creation of wealth and Objective of life is to distribute fairly

I first met him in Cebit ‘92 at Hannover and later on many occasions at NASSCOM.

Mr Azim Premji - Chairman of Wipro

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Mr. Murthy and Mr Azim Premji, Chairman, Wipro are true role models for many including me as their vision, clarity and being down to earth despite success encourages all with energy to win against all odds. They live a simple life despite being among the richest people of this world.

Late Dewang Mehta

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Late Mr. Dewang Mehta inspired me to write books in Marathi for the common man, made me think beyond the profession, was my guru in public speaking and taught me how to touch the right chord when addressing public gatherings. I also learnt from him how to befriend politicians, media and celebrities.

Padmashree Dr Vijay P Bhatkar

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Padmashree Dr. Vijay P Bhatkar taught me how to remain simple and compassionate despite achieving position of power.

Mr Anand K Pathak

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I found similar traits in my mentor at the Computer Society of India Mr. Anand K Pathak. Both these gentlemen really live by the true sense of the word ‘gentleman.’

Padmashree Lila F Poonawalla

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A true fighter and an achiever armed with vision, aggression, focus, discipline and dedication. That’s Padmashree Mrs. Lila F Poonawalla for me. As Managing Director, Alfa Laval, she was my customer when I worked for Telco. Alfa Laval had identified us to undertake an ERP study in 1995. She was accessible even then. I came in contact with her after 10 years and now we are very good friends.

Ganesh Natarajan - CEO Zensar

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Writer, speaker, CEO, management practitioner and a strong motivator Mr. Ganesh Natarajan is a dear friend who honours all commitments made to a friend – or anyone, for that matter. I have learnt from him some finer aspects of time management and the skill of doing multiple things at the same time.

My friend, Minochar Patel - Director Ecol Solitaire

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Groomed me. His style of making people feel at ease with carefully crafted humor makes him worth listening to again and again. He knows how to use the right points at the right time that makes him a trainer par excellence.

Dr S B Mujumdar - Founder Director Symbiosis

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Dr. Mujumdar and I have shared some great moments together and have held discussions on entrepreneurship. He has influenced me not as an academician but as an entrepreneur who founded Symbiosis. A botany teacher who rose to Himalayan heights.

Mr S D Pradhan - Former CEO of Tata Technologies

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Mr. Pradhan and I spent around 15 years together professionally and I learnt from him the qualities of tolerance, patience and how to keep feet firmly grounded despite achieving success in life. Not once did he throw weight around as a boss. He was always a friend, philosopher and guide.

Mr Ravi Pandit - President MCCIA

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I am tempted to call the very affable Ravi Pandit, the Dev Anand of the Indian IT industry. How can anyone remain so young and energetic is something I am still trying to learn from him.

Teachers who inspired me