Monday, April 20, 2015

International Manufacturing Leader Visits UNO Campus

The former leader of the largest blood bag manufacturing facility in the world visited the University of New Orleans last week and spoke to students in the College of Business Administration, as well as the UNO Model UN Delegation.

Terumo Penpol, Ltd., an India-based company, has served blood centers across the globe for more than 30 years and today operates the largest blood bag manufacturing facility in the world. A world leader in blood management, the organization partners with Japan’s Terumo Corporation, a global leader in healthcare products.

Retired president C. Balagopal, who founded the organization in 1977, visited the University’s Lakefront campus last week and delivered two lectures. A Gold Medalist in Economics from Madras University, Balagopal started his career as a government official in the Indian Administrative Service; the record of his years in the North-East Indian state of Manipur is captured in his first book, On a Clear Day You Can See India.

Balagopal is currently director of Enter Technologies Pvt. Ltd. and chairman of Mobilexion, a medical technology company located in Kerala, India. He was the first president of TiE Kerala and is a member of the Ethics Committee of Rajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology, Investment Promotion Board, Kerala and Technology Development Committee, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology.

On April 14, he delivered two lectures at UNO.

Balagopal spoke to students in International Studies 3060, a course entitled “Model United Nations” on the subject of “Indian National Identity,” said John Hazlett, director of the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies program at UNO. The class, taught by Hazlett, meets twice weekly and serves as training ground for the competitive UNO Model UN Delegation.

The University of New Orleans 22-member Model United Nations Delegation had just returned from the National Model UN Conference in New York with an honorable mention award for their representation of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. Their return marked the sixth year the UNO Model UN participated in the conference and the fifth consecutive year the team brought home a prize. The award placed the delegation in the third tier of award winners.

Balagopal, who was hosted during his visit to the campus by Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Administration Professor Harsha Chacko of the College of Business Administration Lester E. Kabacoff School of Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Administration, also spoke to students in the College of Business Administration on his experiences as an entrepreneur.

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