As the Executive Director of Infinity, a group with diverse interests and deep commitments, Pulak Chamaria, (alumnus of Babson College, USA, United World College of South East Asia, Singapore and La Martiniere for Boys, Calcutta) brings positive energy, enthusiasm and an appetite for infusing ‘Best Practises’ in all that he does. Guided by the eternal teachings of Indian spirituality and values, Pulak carries the Infinity baton forward, passed onto him by his father, Shri Ravindra Chamaria. Being a long standing ‘Green Citizen’ with projects such as Infinity Benchmark, the 7th Platinum rated USGBC certified Green Building in the world and only the 2nd of its kind, outside of USA, Pulak has raised the benchmark for the industry many times over, as far as Going and indeed Staying Green goes. With a keen and uncompromising aesthetic eye, his projects more often than not, set industry standards in their own space and region and are well poised to becoming a chosen name.
“Infinity is embracing the 3Ps—Profit, Planet and People—so that it may continue to post a profitable as well as sustainable balance sheet”
Infinity Benchmark and Godrej Waterside in Sector V, Salt Lake, ‘Signature Estates’ in Guwahati, ‘Infinity Greens’ in Ranchi and ‘Infinity Knowledge City’ in Bhutan, are just a few cases in point. Sustainability and giving back to society continues to be a pet passion with Pulak Chamaria. In this regard he is irrevocably committed to several award winning initiatives such as, The Akshay Patra Foundation, the world’s largest NGO run school meal program and Anant Education Initiative, a higher studies program for meritorious but marginalised students. Under his stewardship, Infinity is poised to bring Durham School of UK – a 600 year old English institution – to set up a number of schools in India and all over the world. An optimist at heart, Pulak divides his time between Kolkata and Dubai. He carries on a healthy social dialogue through his many fold affiliations and interests of being a weekend golfer, an avid reader and a patron of Indian music. Pulak is married to Nupur Chamaria, who has been the backbone of Anant Education Initiative and is also the proud father of his nine year old daughter, Rucha.
Q: What is the vision and mission of Infinity? How is the company helping build sustainable societies?
A: At Infinity, we truly believe that the possibilities are Infinite and within this infinite scope, we are here to hopefully do our bit by creating sustainable social infrastructure, setting high benchmarks in architecture and planning and leaving a positive footprint through all our endeavors in society.
Q: What is the role that the company has played in transforming the state of West Bengal into an IT hub? As an infrastructure provider, how have you played catalyst for the IT sector in the state?
A:Let me rewind to just a decade-and-a-half back when Sector V, Salt Lake was practically like the back of beyond. For anyone who sees Salt Lake Sector V as it stands today, it would be hard to believe that just about 14-15 years ago, it had a deserted look with empty roads, very few people and certainly no sight of economic or social activity.
What may seem de rigueur today was then, a path breaking, intelligent and aesthetic workplace that went on to script many success stories. Such was the popularity of the IT Park Think Tank, that it began a landmark and became eponymous with our corporate name, Infinity. It has been a most humbling catalyst for the IT industry in Bengal.
Q: Infinity is focusing on the 3Ps—Profit, People and Planet. What do these mean in the context of the work that the company is doing within its space?
A:The challenges of the 21st century are requiring businesses to operate smartly as well as sensitively. Issues such as climate change, natural resource depletion, and the steadily growing energy crisis are affecting organizations and demanding that attention be paid to aspects of the business beyond financial results. Infinity is embracing the 3Ps—Profit, Planet and People—so that it may continue to post a profitable as well as sustainable balance sheet.
Q:What is the pioneering work that Infinity has done to create Green infrastructure in Eastern India?
A: Infinity to our mind, has played a pioneering role in creating and perpetuating Green Infrastructure in Eastern India. Some of our eminent Green projects include:
- The Infinity Think Tank, Kolkata's first intelligent IT empowered workspace in Salt Lake, Sector V.
- Infinity Benchmark, a Platinum-rated Green Building certified by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) under LEED Core and Shell ver 2.0. This is among seven such buildings in the world, the second outside USA and the first in Eastern India!
- Godrej Waterside, the largest Green IT Park in the Eastern region.
- The Infinity IT Lagoon, which is located on the shore of a beautiful 1000-acre natural lake in the Salt Lake Sector. This commands a Platinum rating under IGBC's LEED India for Core and Shell rating system.
- Infinity was also the first to set up a Green Business Center in Eastern India which now houses some very smart innovative start-ups.
Q: How has the company been using CSR initiatives to create sustainable livelihood opportunities for millions of people?
A: CSR and the idea of continuously giving back, form the bed rock of Infinity’s core values and philosophy. We are therefore strongly committed to several important causes and have also undertaken some initiatives ourselves, which we are happy to post, have made a difference to thousands of lives. Allow me to take you through some of the initiatives we are closely attached to:
- Infinity is supporting the Akshaya Patra Foundation, the world’s largest NGO providing mid-day meals to about 1.3 million students.
- Infinity’s Anant Education initiative, which aims to empower marginalized but meritorious students by creating new footprints of knowledge within society. Anant has taken confident strides and has already supported more than 5,000 children in their pursuit of education.
- Infinity has been supporting Jagriti Dham, an all inclusive complex for senior living. At present 95 million people in India are above the age of 60 and by the year 2025 nearly 80 million more will be added to this bracket.
- Infinity has been supporting the Institute of Neurosciences, Kolkata, a mid-sized, super-specialty Hospital for the treatment of the Brain, Spine and Nerve disorders.
- Infinity is supporting Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS). BMVSS-Jaipur Foot is the world's largest organization serving the disabled. Infinity has setup BMVSS Centers at Bhubaneswar and Guwahati.
Besides these key initiatives, Infinity actively supports leading organizations like the Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti, Eye Care and Research Center, Kolkata, Manovikas Kendra, Vedanta Academy and the Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Matri Bhavan, among others.