Founder: Shyam Gopaldas

Shyam Gopaldas is the founder of Sanchit foundation, an India domiciled not-for-profit organisation (NGO) assimilating social impact initiatives both by him and other empathetic participants. It is Shyam’s first structured welfare oriented endeavour that provides for a platform for people to plug into for creating, unlocking and realising their social impact goals including charity.

Sanchit foundation is true to its meaning of the word, meaning accumulation, assimilation and a repository of good karma.

Shyam Gopaldas is a first-generation entrepreneur who dabbled in sunrise sectors for their times, making plum success within each one of them. Employing his inherent acumen for serial entrepreneurship with precision in identifying business winners; his enviable work-ethic was supported by rich interpersonal skills in problem-solving, networking, leadership, conflict-resolution and wit.

Shyam’s business interests historically included property development, cross-border trading, steel manufacturing and fruit farming. The highlight of his work as a developer was the successful completion of over 30 projects in both residential and commercial spaces. Since 2013 he has become a business angel with a portfolio of investments in gourmet & artisanal food, restaurant chains, e-commerce, cosmetics and organic farming. He has been committing time and resource into understanding the rapidly expanding technology ecosystem in India through regular attendance at conferences and industry forums with a keen eye for transformational opportunities. His next generation is scouting for newer investible ideas within Artificial Intelligence, Fin-tech, Defense manufacturing, Cosmetics and Superfoods. Departing from legacy family-run business dynamics, an embrace of professional managers and advisors across different fields is testimony to Gopaldas building a future-centric professionally run high-impact enterprise.

Quoting Shyam: “Challenges in Life come in three categories – Easy, difficult and impossible. If you choose the difficult and impossible then, success is just inevitable.”

The philanthropist avatar in him is quite driven by Ayurveda and naturopathy as healing and therapeutic modalities. He grows medicinal and aromatic plants at his farm and then dispenses proprietary herbal remedies with zero side-effects and high efficacy ex-gratia. His 65 acres of land in Hyderabad is also a growing field for pomegranates, bananas and sugarcane. Recognising the age old Indian system of “Gau Seva” he has assumed a patron role in making accessible products originating from cows to wider populace.

His untiring work for the Sindhi community has been rewarded with the “SINDHU RATNA” award. An active LION’s club member he also presided as the secretary for the Lions Club of Secunderabad - the oldest club in Hyderabad with permanent projects like an eye hospital, artificial limb center, senior-citizen homes for elders and an adopted school.

“Life is incomplete if you are not of any use to the society or community”

This philosophy is the driver for Shyam in engaging within sociable causes as evidenced by one of his dear-to-heart projects - the Aditya Charitable clinic run by the Youth Association, Secunderabad. This provided ex-gratia treatment to 150 patients daily. He also initiated an award in the name of his late mother with the recipients of this award being eminent people including the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman, Editor of the Illustrated Weekly of India, a Lok Ayukta (Ombudsman) and several other prominent personalities. These prestigious awards were conferred in the presence of Ex-Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee and former Deputy Prime Minister of India Shri Lal Krishna Advani.


Political Footprint

Shyam holds active engagement with political honchos in India and diplomatic missions in the country. He has shared the dias with leaders such as Shri LK Advani, Shri Paul Andrews and Shri Ram Madhav; and has had the privilege to host celebrated people of the country below:

  1. Anup Jalota (Co-organiser “Bhajan Sandhya” along with Anup Jalota, Hari Om Sharan and his wife smt.Nandini Sharan, at Ravindra Bharati, Hyderabad)
  2. Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  3. Shri LK Advani
  4. Shri Murli Manohar Joshi,
  5. Shri Ram Madhav Ji,
  6. Smt Vidya Stokes(MP from Shimla),
  7. Smt. Smriti Irani,
  8. Shri Arun Shourie,
  9. Shri Ram Jethmalani,
  10. Shri Sushil Pandit,
  11. Shri Indresh Kumar,
  12. Shri Prakash Javdekar,
  13. Shri Suresh Prabhu,
  14. Shri Montek Singh Ahluwalia,
  15. Shri Sudershanji, (Sarsanghchalak)
  16. Shri Govindacharya,
  17. Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal,
  18. Shri David Frawley(Vamadeva Shastry),
  19. Shri Pankaj Advani,
  20. Smt Saina Nehwal

Leadership

  1. Served as President in the “Indo-Israel Friendship Organization”.
  2. Served as President of “Sree Sindhi Satsang Darbar Association” and constructed Sindhu Bhavan, a community hall with Temple of many Hindu Deities.
  3. Hyderabad Chapter President of All India body “Sindhi Council of India”.

Highlights of activities across the socio-cultural-religious spectrum

  1. Activist against handing over Teen Bigha Corridor to Bangladesh.
  2. Founder member of the forum for intellectuals: “Pragna Bharti”.
  3. Founder patron and member of the orphanage “Vatsalya Sindhu”.
  4. Work cited and acknowledged by various gurudwaras for promoting communal harmony and rapprochement especially after the sensitive Op-Bluestar between Hindus-Sikhs. “Prabhat Pheri” of Guru Nanak facilitated by him every November is an example of fostering Sindhi-Sikh friendship
  5. Member of Gow-Seva samithi
  6. Organised several fund raisers to set up a Pathology lab with diagnostic equipment.
  7. Mobilising Sindhi community engagement through organizing cultural, entertainment and sporting events
  8. Collected relief materials for the Bhuj earthquake in Gujarat. Collected significant aid material for the victims of Gujarat Earthquake for which he has been honored by citations of appreciation from the Kutch Gujarat community.
  9. Construction of Nav-Graha Temple at Prendergast road Hyderabad; Radha Krishna Temple; Tulsi Vatika and a Gurudwara at Sindhi colony, Secunderabad
  10. Participation in Ram Janmabhoomi Movement by sending and sponsoring 74 Ram Bhakts to Ayodhya.
  11. Construction of Lotus Pond at Buddha Vihar at Secunderabad which was blessed by the Dalai Lama, Swami Jayendra Saraswati, Sudhanshu Mahraj, Sant Asharam Babu and Dadi Janki of Brahma Kumaris
  12. Built Brahma Kumaris centers in Secunderabad at a highly subsidised cost.
  13. Co-developed a part of Smashan vaatika at Bansilalpet.
  14. An active member of the Sindhu Bhavan at Secunderabad, he has been instrumental in the construction of the annex to the existing building in addition to renovating the park opposite the bhavan.

Awards

  1. Initiating an Award by the name Kalavathy Gopaldas Madhnani Award given to prominent personalities of society; recipients include the ISRO Chairman Shri Kasturi Rangan, NIMS computer director Shri Avadhanulu, Editor of Illustrated weekly Shri MV Kamath and Satyam Group Chairman Shri Ramalinga Raju.
  2. Recipient of “Sindhu-Ratna” Award from Sindhi Federation of South India Bangalore.

Personal Life and Hobbies

  1. Travelled to many countries including the USA, Canada, the UAE, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Liberia and West Africa
  2. Farming Organic fruits and vegetables and growing medicinal plants
  3. Organises musical evenings and bethaks at home for friends and music lovers
  4. Experimental including trying cuisines and visiting cultural places
  5. Married to Jyoti Shyam with a daughter Kiran and son Suraj. Kiran is a professional visual-artist, and runs a successful proprietary natural cosmetics company. Suraj is a Babson College educated second-generation entrepreneur and business angel. His son-in-law Mukul is a former corporate finance professional who runs an artist agency and art retreats.

His philosophy to assimilate social endeavours by him and other patrons is aligned with his core belief that the pot of “sanchit karma” (accumulated karma) assumes a critical mass in making a difference in this world.