udChalo strengthens advisory board with the appointment of three new members

Advisory board

~ Lt. Gen. R.R. Nimbhorkar, is one of the most udchalo decorated officers, he will guide the organisation with his experience to become a household name in the defence community~

~Dr. Shashikala Gurpur, well known for her contribution to the Indian law system lead udChalo to become the guiding star for the new age business~

~Dr. Ravindra Kumar Srivastava, a former IAS officer and a renowned government functionary with varied experience will help craft policies and way forward~

Pune, December 9, 2021: udChalo, a company that exclusively serves India’s defence forces with the vision of making lives simpler for our soldiers has appointed three new members on its advisory board. With a defined vision and continuous growth, the company needed guidance of veterans from multiple fields. The appointment of Lt. Gen. R.R. Nimbhorkar (Retd.), Dr. Shashikala Gurpur, Dean (Symbiosis Law School) and Dr. R.K. Srivastava, Ex-IAS will strengthen the board capability and guide the organization in right direction.

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Lt. Gen. R.R. Nimbhorkar (Retd.) PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM is a highly decorated officer of the Indian Army. He has been a part of and led multiple critical operations carried out by Indian army. To name a few, he has played a crucial role in Uri surgical strike and was critically wounded during Operation Vijay (Kargil War). Under his vast experience and understanding of the forces and their needs, udChalo hopes to bring right services and products to the defence fraternity.


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As a law-abiding organization that upholds the law of the land in high regard, the appointment of Dr Shashikala Gurpur will direct udChalo towards success. Dr Gurpur is the Jean Monet Chair Professor, Director Symbiosis Law School, Pune, and Dean Faculty of Law, Symbiosis international university. She has authored two books and 79 articles as a member of the Law Commission of India. 

Dr. Ravindra Kumar Srivastava, a former IAS officer with PhD in Disaster Management and a Masters in Economics, and Physics coupled with over four decades of rich experience holding critical positions at the administrative level, has guided and implemented government policies. From CMD at Jharkhand Urja Vikas Nigam to being a Chairman at Airport Authority of India, and now engaged in several arbitration cases, he has worn multiple hats on organisational levels. On a broader spectrum, he served as the Chairman of SAARC Disaster Management Centre and the Joint Secretary of several divisions of Ministry of Home Affairs besides holding other important administrative roles in central and state governments  in sectors of regulation, general administration, internal security, finance, development of economic and social infrastructures, disaster management and judicial.

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His experience will equip udChalo to understand the relationships between governance, economy and public administration.

Ravi Kumar, Founder and CEO, udChalo said, “The three new appointments have come at a pivotal time for udChalo, as the company is in high-growth mode and actively looking for opportunities. We are honoured to have Lt. Gen. Rajendra Ramrao Nimbhorkar (Retd.) PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM on our advisory board. With his extensive experience of four decades serving the army at difficult terrains, he will guide us with specific insights to restructure our plans and activities to strengthen our connect with armed forces. We are humbled to have Dr. Shashikala Gurpur as part of our advisory board. With her guidance on the legal front, we will be able to tackle the hurdles and strengthen the company’s legal structure. She will mentor the team and drive a healthy relationship between corporate governance and corporate sustainability. Dr. Ravindra Kumar Srivastava joining the advisory board is a privilege to the group, his well-established career working with the government will sharpen our administrative approach, design the initiatives to deliver multifaceted results encompassing the armed forces and government at the same time. These three appointments will further catapult the business to success.”

About udChalo:

udChalo is a leading Consumer Technology Company for the Indian Armed Forces, Paramilitary Forces and their Dependants offering Travel, Financial Services, Group Housing, Consumer Electronics and Utility Bill Payments and is in the process of integrating additional services into its portfolio for Making Life Simpler for Our Soldiers.

Rooted in its ambition to serve the Services, udChalo is the creator of its category. The Company began its operations in 2015 by the alumni of the Army Institute of Technology and Stanford Graduate School of Business (Seed).

udChalo through its website (www.udchalo.com), App platform and 70 Outreach Centres caters to more than 2.8 million serving Defence Personnel and additionally to Veterans and their families. It has grown with a CAGR of over 450% in the last 5 years.

udChalo is registered under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA), Govt of India, and is an IATA registered agency. It holds ERI License from Department of Income Tax. udChalo has been a recipient of CRISIL Rating of CCAS2. The company was recently recognized by Guinness World Records for participation in two record-breaking cycling events. It was certified as Great Places to Work in 2021. It also ranked 4th at the Economic Times ET Rise awards among India’s Fastest Growing MSME 2020 and was Certified as Best Employment Generating MSE at SIDBI ET India MSE Awards 2019.

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