Dr. K. L. Thakral was born on 19th Oct. 1929 in Punjab, which is now a part of Pakistan. He migrated to India after partition of the country in 1947. After a tough struggle, he completed his education, MA in History from Meerut College, Meerut in 1955 and settled, along with his family, at Bhopal in mid February, 1960.
He was President of Industries’ Association, Bhopal for three times and contributed substantially in establishment of industries there. He is also the Founder of MP KAPI Udyog Sangh. After a successful stint in industry, he shifted to education in 1992.
He is the Founder President of Devi Shakuntala Thakral Charitable Foundation, Bhopal, the sponsors of Oriental Group of Institutes at Bhopal, Jabalpur and Indore. He established Oriental University, Indore in 2011. It is the first private University at Indore. It is a multi-disciplined and multi-dimensional University, functioning and progressing well. Oriental has, in fact, become a well known brand in higher education in our country. He is the Chancellor of Oriental University.
Dr. K. L. Thakral stands decorated with series of outstanding national and international honours and awards as follows:
- International Socrates Award in the field of Education from Europe Business Assembly, Oxford, Great Britain (U.K.) (2013)
- Doctor of Literature from the International University for Complementary Medicines, Colombo – Sri Lanka (2013)
- The European Award for Best Practices – 2014 – European Society for Quality Research, Brussels.
- European Society for Quality Reseach – Quality Achievement Award (2015) (UK)
- “The Bizz 2017” Business Award- World Confederation of Business, Houston, TX 77002, USA
- International Status Award for Intellectual Development (Bangkok)
- International Gold Star Award & Certificate of Excellence from Global Achievers Foundation (2013)
- International Gold Star Award for Education Excellence – 2017(Bangkok)
- NRI Welfare Society of India- Mahatma Gandhi Samman at House of Lords, London on 27th September 2017.
- Shiksha Bharti Puruskar
- Jewel of India Award
- Glory of India Award
- Shiromani Award
- Best Citizen of India Award
- Eminent Education Award
- Gold Medal Excellence Award
- Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award
- Mother Teresa Excellence Award
- Indira Gandhi Sadbhavana Award
- Indira Gandhi Shiksha Shiromani Award
- Rashtriya Vidya Gaurav Gold Medal Award
- All India Business & Community Award for Education Excellence – Edupreneurs Award 2013.
- All India Business & Community Award for Education Excellence – Edupreneurs Award 2014.
- 50 Most Influential Education Entrepreneurs
- Shiksha Bharti Award 2015
- Life Time Education Achievement Award.
- Visionary eduPRENEUR of India from Sri Pranab Mukherjee- The Education President of India on December 11, 2017
- Individual Contribution for National and Social Development by Achievers Publishing House, New Delhi at Goa on January 10, 2018
- Bharat Shiksha Ratan Award by Global Society for Health and Educational Growth, New Delhi on January 20, 2018
- Indian Achievers Award for Education Excellence 2018 by Economic Development Forum, Delhi on February 20, 2018