Lalit Nirula is a second generation member of a family that had been in the Hotel and Restaurant industry for 76 years. The business, Nirula’s, which he joined in December 1967, has successfully brought new non-traditional food products, innovative concepts and modern work culture in the Hospitality field for the first time to India.  The Company was considered leaders in their field of family foods, being the largest Indian owned restaurant chain in the Indian sub-continent when he was actively involved in it. 

After completing his schooling from The Doon School and his Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in Economics from St. Stephans College at Delhi University, India, Mr. Nirula graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University in January 1966.

Lalit Nirula’s personal commitment to social work and education has involved him actively with a Hospital as well as on the board of educational institutions such as IGNOU and NCHMCT and as a member of Cornell University Council.  He has been on the board of schools and colleges ranging from village and urban slum schools to the best private schools, colleges and institutes of liberal arts and science, home economics and hotel management in the Indian sub-continent.  He was also on a number of Government committees including National Tourism Advisory Council of the Ministry of Tourism, National Tourism Human Resource Development Committee of South Asia (SAITHRDP), Government of India Taskforce on Human Resource Development, Tourism Think Tank set up by the Ministry of Tourism, Special Committee of Delhi Govt. for Rejuvenation of New Delhi City Center.

Lalit Nirula was active in Industry affairs and is a past President of the National Restaurant Association of India, the Hotel and Restaurant Association of North India as well as the India chapter of the Cornell Hotel Society.