In the year 1996 Professor Chaudhuri founded Planman Consulting. Planman Consulting today has more than 750 dedicated and industry specific MBAs contributing to its ever increasing growth making it one of the fastest growing Management Consulting Firms in Asia and the largest Indian multinational management consulting firm.
In 2001 Prof. Arindam launched Planman Motion Pictures : A fully dedicated production and communications venture. Planman Motion Pictures' first film, a Bengali venture called Saanjhbathir Roopkathara received numerous awards and got selected in more than 12 International Film Festival worldwide including being selected as one of the 7 outstanding international movies of the year at London Film Festival 2002. In the year 2006 Planman Motion Pictures FALTU won the National Award for the best feature film in the family welware category. In the year 2007 Planman Motion Pictures 'Dosor' got selected at the prestigious CANNES FILM FESTIVAL & its lead actor Prosenjit Chatterjee got the National Award for his performance in Dosor. In 2007 itself, 'The Last Lear' starring the legendary Amitabh Bachchan, Shefali Shah & Priety Zinta got selected for the GALA section - the red carpet center-piece event of the Toronto Film Festival. The Last Lear also got selected at the prestigeous ROME & LONDON Film festivals and went on to win the prestigious National Award for the best feature film in English '07 and the STAR-SCREEN Award for the best feature film in English for the year 2008.
In the year 2002 Prof. Chaudhuri started The Great Indian Dream Foundation in memory of his brother Aurobindo Chaudhuri. With focus on education, health and employment, today, GIDF supports developmental activities in 18,000 villages across various states in India wherein it runs primary schools, medical camps and medical vans, supports low cost open heart surgeries, does developmental and employment generation work through varied activities like donating sewing machines to building of check water dams, toilets, schools etc..
In the year 2004 Prof. Chaudhuri diversified into IT enabled services through Planman Technologies which now has over 1000 people working in Delhi, serving more than 20 international clients.
In 2005 June Prof. Chaudhuri started Planman’s media arm through two best selling magazines : Business & Economy and 4Ps Business & Marketing. In 2006 he launched The Sunday Indian, a news weekly. Today The Sunday Indian comes out in 14 languages - making it the world's largest edition news weekly.
Prof. Chaudhuri's maiden book 'Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch' fetched him the highest ever advance for a non-fiction work in India and created a new benchmark in India by selling more than 1,00,000 copies in record time! It has been in all national best seller lists from the first week of inception, till date. "The Great Indian Dream", published by Macmillan India which he co authored with his mentor, guru and father Dr. Malay Chaudhuri, also went on to become the best international seller.
Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri has also been conducting workshops, seminars and lecture tours on Comparative Management Techniques worldwide. As a management consultant he specializes in the areas of Strategic Vision, Leadership, Social Sector Consulting, Comparative Management Techniques and Global Opportunities & Threat Analysis. His contribution to the field of management studies can be found in the iconoclastic "Theory 'i' Management" which he has developed for India Inc. For the last few years he has been conducting workshops on Leadership and Strategic Vision exclusively for CEOs, MDs, Directors and Presidents from the corporate sector.
As a celebrated speaker he is regularly invited to speak at various annual conferences and national conventions. He also happens to be amongst the highest paid speakers in the country. In these seminar's he not only highlights the inherent strengths of the Indian culture but also talks about an alternative resource mobilization and allocation package for an Indian turnaround.
Since the year 2001 he has been presenting IIPM Think Tank’s Alternative Budget every year a day before the budget is tabled in the parliament on national TV channels and is called upon regularly on the budget day by leading TV channels for post budget analysis. The IIPM Think Tank which he heads also takes out a quarterly journal called The India Economy Review – which is today a highly regarded journal in the country.
His original contribution to the field of economics can be found in the three theories that he coins in his book "The Great Indian Dream". They are the theory of 'Survival of the Weakest', 'The Trickle-up Theory' & 'The Law of Increasing Marginal Utility'.
Professor Arindam's competitive edge.
Professor Chaudhuri's outstanding ability is his strength to integrate macro and micro economic concepts with both strategic management techniques as well as personnel management techniques employed in organizations. At a macro level, his thoughts focus on the growing degeneration of the American socio-economic setup, the dangers of mindless imitation of the free market system and the innate strength of the Indian society. His original research work is an attempt to explain how the levels of satisfaction and happiness in any country depends upon the kinds of economic systems prevalent there. In his new book "The Great Indian Dream" he clearly explains that "survival of the fittest" is an animalistic term and vouches for "Survival of the Weakest" as the guiding force for the next millennium and calls it a human way of living. He strongly condemns the attempts wherein some countries are trying to become the neo Zamindars of todays world in the name of making this world a global village. He feels developing countries worldwide as well as India can only adopt these principles once their internal industries become globally competitive. He strongly believes that a double digit growth rate is not a dream for Indians provided that the right policies are implemented with honesty.
Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri's Educational Background, Achievements & Laurels
Professor Chaudhuri did his B.A. with Honours in Economics, Honours Diploma in Industrial Engineering, M.A with Honours in Economics, Post Graduate Diploma in Planning and Management (MBA) and Fellowship of I.I.P.M.
At the age of 28, in the year 2000, Prof. Chaudhuri was awarded "Management Guru 2000 Award" by Chennai based Om Venkatesa Society which annually honours management experts.
In the year 2001 at the age of 29 he was selected amongst one of the 50 leading thinkers under the age of 40 to represent South Asia at Wilton Park where he was invited as a special speaker.
In May 2003 Prof. Chaudhuri was awarded the "Personality of the Decade Award" by K.G.Foundation, Coimbatore. On 14th February 2004 he was awarded the ‘Example to the Youth Award’ by the Rotaract Council in Chennai.
In 2004 at the age of 32 he was selected as an advisor to the consultative committee to the Planning Commission of India in the areas of education and social sector.
On 15th January 2005 he was awarded the ‘Centennial Service Award for Professional Excellence in Recognition of his significant achievement in the field of Education and Management’ by the Rotary International during its Centennial celebrations in Mumbai.
On 19th september 2006 Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri was awarded the Priyadarshini Academy's Biennial Global Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Management. He was honored along with NR Narayana Murthy & Subir Raha by Kamal Nath, the Union Minister for Commerce & Industry.
On 23th September 2007 Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri was awarded the Life Positive Reader's Award in the category of 'Change Agent'by the Chief Minister of Delhi Smt Sheila Dixit in recognition and deep appreciation of his pioneering achievement in bringing about significant attitudinal change in society.
On 28th September 2007 Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri & Dr Malay Chaudhuri were awarded the "JJ IRANI AWARD" for the Best Group of Management Institute by the PN Singh Foundation, Mumbai.
On 15th Dec. 2007, Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri was awarded the prestigeous LOUIS MARCHESI FELLOWSHIP by the Round Table India Foundation - the Indian arm of The World Round Table. The honor in past had been given to Mother Teressa and Deepak Chopra amongst others.
On 10th Aug. ‘08 Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri was awarded the Best B-School Teacher (North), at the Best B-Schools Awards organised by the Deccan Herald Group.
On 2nd Sept.'08, Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri received the National Award from the president of India for The Best Feature Film in the Family Welfare category for the year 2006 for his film FALTU.
On 4th Feb.'09, Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri received the Star Youth Achiever Award at the Global Youth Marketing Forum held in Mumbai along with leading actor/director Farhan Akhtar.
On 21st Oct.'09, Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri received the National Award from the President of India for The Best Feature Film in English for the year 2007 for his film THE LAST LEAR which starred Amitabh Bachchan in a memorable role of an ageing shakespearean stage actor.
Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri was recently awarded in 2010 - The Most Fearless Editor of the year by Media Federation of India.
Today Prof.Arindam Is seen as a Youth Icon and a man having multifaceted talents and interest in different diverse fields. Both Young and the Old look upon him for Motivation and Inspiration