Our Visionaries


Dr Ashok K Chauhan was born in 1942 in the state of Uttar Pradesh, northern India. After completing his M.Sc. in Chemistry in 1963, Dr Ashok K Chauhan worked at one of the largest industrial groups in India. In 1966, he won scholarship to research chemical engineering and plastic technology in West Germany and then became Head of Research and Development at Daetwyler Europe.

In 1973 Dr Ashok K Chauhan started his own business based in Frankfurt, which rapidly grew and diversified as the AKC Group of Companies, an international industrial and trading empire with a turnover of over US$1.6 billion and businesses including petrochemicals, manufacturing, high-technology and healthcare, among others.

As an immensely successful entrepreneur in Europe for over three decades, Dr. Chauhan realised that if one could motivate tens of thousands of talented youngsters and give them global level professional education while instilling in them a sense of values, then there could be no reason why they would not cross over to the world to become global leaders. With this vision in mind, Dr. Ashok K. Chauhan went on to establish the not-for-profit Ritnand Balved Education Foundation in 1986, bringing together some of the brightest minds from the scientific, academic and corporate community to take the first step towards his dream.

Today, Dr. Chauhan's vision has translated into the internationally benchmarked campuses that have come to epitomise the Amity Education Group. Currently the Group comprising of 5 universities, 17 schools & pre-schools and 150+ institutions, is home to over 95000 students pursuing 240 Programmes from nursery to Ph.D., across 15 campuses spread over 1000 acres. This unmatched growth of Amity is a culmination of globally benchmarked hi-tech campuses, a dedicated faculty comprising thought leaders and practicing professionals, innovative teaching methodology and an unparalleled corporate interaction.

Grounded to his dreams, he has always believed in the policy of lending one eye on vision and one eye on implementation. It is therefore no surprise that Dr. Chauhan's innovative leadership strategies have transformed the AKC Group and the Ritnand Balved Education Foundation into a sustainable, value driven conglomerate set to transform the education landscape of the Country.

No wonder, Dr. Chauhan comes across as a man of mission who follows the four 'E's – Edge, Enthusiasm, Excellence and Execution in all walks of life.


Mr. Atul Chauhan, eldest son of Dr. Ashok K. Chauhan, was born in Germany in Frankfurt and hails from a family of renowned educationists.

Atul Chauhan had his early schooling in Germany and thereafter took his Engineering Degree from the University College London. Subsequently, he obtained his Post Graduate Degree in Finance from the London School of Economics.

While he was a student in London, the Government of Britain discerned his unique qualities and appointed him as the Chairman “South Region Enterprise Network for Personality Development” at the University Level to oversee the working of 60 Universities.

Armed with a charming personality and a positive attitude to help, Atul Chauhan epitomises a true Indian with deep-rooted traditions and values. He has endeared himself to the young students who see a role model in him.

It is because of his excellent academic background and versatile intellectual strength that resulted in his appointment, at a very young age, as the Chief Executive Officer, AKC Group of Companies. In a short span of two decades, this Company established a worldwide industrial empire worth 1.6 Billion US Dollars in the field of pharmaceuticals, plastics, petrochemicals and technology transfer.

Atul Chauhan, President of Ritnand Balved Education Foundation (umbrella organisation of the Amity Group of Educational Institutions) is the Chancellor of Amity University, Uttar Pradesh. Under his dynamic and inspirational leadership and passion to excel, the Amity Group of Educational Institutions has seen a phenomenal growth with over 94 Amity Institutions of higher learning and over 45,000 students studying in 22 campuses spread across India.

Amity today is a brand name that has solely been developed by Atul Chauhan. This bears testimony to his vision, a compelling commitment to excel and an untiring zeal to scale great heights.


Mr. Aseem Chauhan is the Chancellor of Amity University and the Additional President and Board Member of the Ritnand Balved Education Foundation, the umbrella organization of the Amity institutions, which currently have over 1,00,000 students in 240 programs at 150 institutions across 1000 acres of hi-tech campuses with 5.1 million sq. ft. of built up area. He is also the CEO of Amity Capital Ventures and the Amity Innovation Incubator.

Mr. Chauhan has extensive experience in venture capital and leveraged buyouts and has made investments of over $ 1 billion globally. He was formerly with AEA Investors, a multi-billion dollar private equity firm in New York. Prior to this he was at Philadelphia Ventures, providing early stage venture capital to biotech and hi-tech start-ups. He has also been with Mercer Management Consulting providing strategic advisory to leading companies in New York, London and Hong Kong, and with JP Morgan in investment banking. Mr. Chauhan actively promotes entrepreneurship in India, particularly amongst youth, and is on the board of over a dozen companies.

Mr. Chauhan holds degrees in Engineering, Finance and Strategic Management from The Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania and is an alumnus of the prestigious Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology.

A truly global citizen, Mr. Chauhan has spent nearly two decades in Europe and more than one decade in the US. He is constantly working towards the upliftment of Society through his involvement in business and non-profit organizations.