Dr.B.L.Maheshwari Award for Life Time Achievement in Healthcare
‘B.L.’ as he is affectionately known, chose Organization Development, Leadership and Change are his life-work. “Institution building” was his passion. COD is the symbol of his lifelong dedication to the cause of training and research. Dr B L Maheshwari set up COD in 1980 with a view that the future challenges in management would be organizational rather than functional; professional work in this area could get sharper in a small and specialized institution rather than a large multi-functional institution – an unconventional step, a private initiative for setting up a public institution without government support or corporate affiliation.

Dr. BL Maheshwari passed away on 1st March 2009. The Board of Governors, COD felt that it should pay a fitting tribute to this outstanding institution builder by establishing a Memorial Lecture and invite distinguished speakers for the event.
Speakers at the Dr B L Maheshwari Memorial Lecture :
1.BL, I have known - Dr. V. Krishnamurthy, Chairman NMCC July, 2009.
2. Global Financial Crisis and Organizational Failures - Dr Y V Reddy, Professor Emeritus, HCU and former Governor RBI, March 2010.
3. 21st Century Planning and Leadership for India – Mr. Arun Maira – Member Planning Commission, March 2011.
4. Institution Building in Higher Education : Opportunities and Challenges – Dr. Narendra Jadav – Member Planning Commission,March 2012.
5. Intuition, Self-awareness and Obligations: Lessons from real-life experiences in followership and leadership - Mr. R. Gopalakrishnan, Director, Tata Sons, March 2013.
6. Transforming India through Technology, Innovation and Leadership - Dr. B. V. R. Mohan Reddy, CMD, Infotech Enterprises, March 2014.