Shreyans Prasad Jain

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Shreyans Prasad Jain
Born 1908
Najibabad, United Provinces of Agra and Oudh
Died 1992
Nationality Indian
Other names Shriyans Prasad Jain
Organization Dhrangadhra Chemical Works
Title President of the International Chamber of Commerce India
Term 1962
Predecessor Karam Chand Thapar
Successor Bharat Ram
Board member of Indian Express Group, Bharatiya Jnanpith
Spouse(s) Kamlavati Jain
Children Gyan Chand, Prem Chand, Shashi Chand, Sharad Kumar, Pramod Kumar, Saroj Goenka
Relatives Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain (brother), B.D. Goenka (son-in-law)
Awards Padma Bhushan

Sahu Shreyans Prasad Jain (1908–1992) (also spelled as Shriyans Prasad Jain) was an Indian businessman, parliamentarian and a prominent member of the Jain community.[1] He was the brother of notable businessman and philanthropist Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain. He was awarded Padma Bhushan for social work in 1988.[2]


Shreyans Prasad was born in 1908 to the Sahu Jain family of Najibabad, related to The Times of India Group and the Dalmia Group. He took over the India's first soda ash factory founded in Dhrangadhra (est. 1925), and established the Dhrangadhra Chemical Works in 1939.[3] He was the founder-chairman of this company, which is now known as DCW. His business group consisted of 12 companies in 1965.[4]

Shriyans Prasad was a member of Rajya Sabha (upper house of the Indian Parliament) during 1952-1958. He was also the President of the International Chamber of Commerce's Indian chapter[5] and FICCI[6] during 1962. He also worked as the President of the Bharatiya Jnanpith, which was founded by his brother Shanti Prasad.[7]

Sahu Shreyans Prasad Jain was married to Kamlavati Jain. The couple had five sons, Gyan Chand Jain, Prem Chand Jain, Shashi Chand Jain, Sharad Kumar Jain (d. 2008) and Pramod Kumar Jain. They also had one daughter Saroj, who married B.D. Goenka.[8] Shreyans Prasad served on the Board of Directors of the Goenka family's Indian Express Group.[9]


Several institutions are named after Shriyans Prasad Jain:


  1. ^ Aspects of Jaina Religion by Vilas Adinath Sangave
  2. ^ Asian recorder: Volume 23, 1988
  3. ^ About DCW Archived 2012-01-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Stanley A. Kochanek (1974). Business and politics in India. University of California Press. pp. 342–. ISBN 978-0-520-02377-2. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
  6. ^ Stanley A. Kochanek (1974). Business and politics in India. University of California Press. pp. 181–. ISBN 978-0-520-02377-2. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
  7. ^ The Sacred Sravana-Belagola. Bhartiya Jnanpith. pp. 9–. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
  8. ^ Virendra Kumar (1 January 1994). Committees and Commissions in India 1980. Concept Publishing Company. pp. 190–. ISBN 978-81-7022-510-2. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
  9. ^ Report of the India Committee on Distribution of Income and Levels of Living (Volume 1). Govt. of India, Planning Commission, 1964. Page 103.
  10. ^ An untold story