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Dr. Arun Firodia– Padma Shri Awardee and Alumnus Award recipient from MIR (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

Padmashri Dr. Arun Firodia, the chairman of Kinetic Group is an epitome of the combination of a brilliant engineer and an astute businessman’ Apart from being a leading industrialist, Dr. Arun Firodia is also a prominent social activist’ Born to Shri H.K. Firodia in 7943, Dr. Arun Firodia obtained his B. Tech degree with distinction in Electrical Engineering from IIT Mumbai in 1965. He continues the rich tradition of his distinguished father, Late Shri H K Firodia.

Padmashri Dr. Arun Firodia developed “Luna” – India’s first completely domestic moped. Luna, instant hit with became a consumer and remains an all-time success story. India will always cherish him as the man who introduced the world’s most advanced scooter to India in a Joint Venture with Honda Motor Company of Japan.

Padmashri Dr. Arun Firodia has collaborated with globally acclaimed corporations such as Hyundai, Taigene, Sciaky, Daewoo, and San Yang to bring innovation to India by producing advanced technology products.


He is the Founder and Chairman of the “H K Firodia Memorial Foundation” started in tribute and remembrance of his father, Late Shri H K Firodia, in 1996. The H K Firodia Awards for Excellence in Science & Technology,” presented by the HK Firodia Memoria! Foundation, are awarded to exceptional Indian scientists for their innovative contributions and supreme work in any branch of science. These awards have been presented to many eminent and distinguished scientists, including Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, Dr. K Kasturirangan, Dr. Anil Kakodkar, Dr. R. Chidambaram, Prof. CNR Rao, Dr. R A Mashelkar, Dr. Obaid Siddiqi, Dr. P N Tandon, and others.

Padmashri Dr. Arun Firodia holds the following titles and positions:

  • Past President of the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, industries, and Agriculture (2000- 2002)
  • Founder President of the Pune Citizen’s Police Foundation (PCPF)
  • A member of the Executive Committee of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers
  • A member of the Advisory Board of the All-lndia Sainik Welfare Association

Padmashri Dr. Arun Firodia is also the recipient of the following Honors and Awards:

  • Padma Shri for excellence in Trade & Industry (2012)
  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mumbai – Distinguished Alumnus Award for excellent contributions to Industry, Academia, and Society.
  • MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Alumnus Award (2007) for distinguished achievement and exceptional service to Country, Society, and MIT.
  • ‘Pune Super Achievers Award’ (2006) instituted by ASM’s – IBMR and IIBR jointly with Vision India
  • Auto Cluster Appreciation Award (2006) in appreciation of initiative and efforts for the successful operation of ACDRIL.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (2005) ‘instituted jointly’ by SIAM, ACMA, ICICI, and Overdrive: For being the pioneer in putting affordable mobility within reach of the masses and for bringing convenience and refinement to scootering by giving a modern-day shape, scale, and scope to the Indian two-wheeler industry.
  • TERI – Corporate Social Responsibility Award (2004-05) – Certificate of Appreciation for efforts towards good corporate citizenship and sustainable initiatives among Corporates.
  • The Helen Keller Award (2004) for contributing to the rehabilitation of Leprosy-affected people who had become social outcasts.
  • FICCI Annual Award (2003) for outstanding achievement in employing Physically Challenged people.