J.J. Valaya 1983 batch of YPS (First batch to pass out from YPS, Moahli)
World knows the famous fashion Czar as J.J. Valaya, but, his school mates better know him as Jagsharanjit Singh Ahluwalia.The 1983 batch pass out 1from Yadavindra Public School, Mohali has made the school proud. JJ joined NIFT, Delhi in 1989 and in 1990 became the First Indian Student
to win “The Prix D' Incitation” at The Young Designers International Competition Held In Paris.
J.J. did not stop there and went on to win many national and international awards as below:
Wins The Elyxa Award At The NIFT Graduation Show, New Delhi.
Wins The Thapar Dupont Medal At The NIFT Graduation Show, New Delhi for The Most Innovative Use Of Fabric.
Wins The First Prize At The NIFT Alumni Competition Held In Bombay. This Show Was Jointly Organised By KLM And NIFT.
Launches Couture Label - 'JJ Valaya' Along With Brother And Partner, TJ Singh.
1993 - Becomes The First Designer To Hold A Solo Show In India.
1995 - Introduces The Label In Various Upmarket Stores In India And Overseas, Including Amongst Others Ensemble & Vama (Bombay), Ogaan, Signature, Linea & Heritage in New Delhi, Ffolio in Bangalore & Chennai, Ogaan in Calcutta, Fasateen in Dubai
Joint Shows Along With Other Prominent Designers In Major Indian Cities and In London, Dubai, Singapore, Bangkok And Hongkong
India's Largest Single Designer Store JJ Valaya 'Life' Opens In New Delhi
Holds Shows In Hong Kong And Manchester
CII takes the label to Manchester
Shows Along With American Designer Todd Oldham. This Show Was Held In New York At The Plaza Hotel On 5th Avenue.
Launches The Valaya Diffusion Label- 'Studio Valaya' Through Exclusive Stores In Delhi And Mumbai.
Fashion Design Council Of India (FDCI) Created. Founder Member of the Governing Council / Board of Directors Of FDCI
Launches Studio Valaya In Bangalore
The JJ Valaya Couture Spring Summer 2000 Show Is The First Show To Feature French Models (Agency-Ford) And Hairdressers (L'Oreal) Especially Flown In From Paris For An Extensive Mixed Media Event.
The Fall winter 2000 was a special one at J J Valaya, celebrating a new century, a new collection and a newly renovated store - JJ Valaya Life.
Shows Spring Summer Collection during The Haute Couture Week in Paris
Holds Show in Erfurt, Germany
Announced As The First Brand Ambassador Of Swarovski Crystal Components, India
Studio Valaya Opens Three New Stores- Two In Delhi And One In Mumbai
New JJ Valaya Store Opens In Mumbai
The House of Valaya celebrates 10 years of JJ Valaya with 2 grand shows in Delhi & Mumbai
Opened the 'Weddings Glamour and Beauty Expo' Showed In Johannesburg, South Africa.
The list is exhaustive and goes on.
Now since 2003 J.J. has moved to his New Valaya Headquarter at IMT Manesar, Haryana.
Besides being involved in the fashion world, JJ is a devoted husband and a loving father of two little girls.
JJ was in Chandigarh in December 2008. He specially took time out and came down to join his school mates from YPS to celebrate 25 years of passing out from school. Everyone spent nostalgic time together.
Puneet Vatsayan 1983 batch
Puneet Vatsayan graduated doing a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering and then finished his MBA in International Business from Thunderbird – The American Graduate School of International Management.
Puneet is a serial entrepreneur, international business executive, and mentor. He has over 15 years of experience as an entrepreneur and in international marketing and business development in the high tech industry. Puneet has lead many lives and has been an entrepreneur in both India and US; an investor in business enterprises in India, US and Europe; has led and participated in transforming innovation.
In 2003, Puneet moved to India and co-founded Mobera Systems Pvt. Ltd. a contract research and development company focused on communication, networking, wireless, and embedded technologies. Before his move to India, he lived and worked in Silicon Valley. He co-founded a B2B e-commerce company (acquired by a leading B2B vendor) and was involved in doing a roll up of IT services companies.
Prior to starting his entrepreneurial career in 2000 he worked with Centigram Communications (acquired by ADC Communications) in worldwide product management, international marketing and business development, and services marketing groups. He has also worked as Regional Market Manager – Asia, responsible for offices in the Asian continent including offices in India, Singapore, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Korea and the Philippines.
He has also worked with Measurex Corporation (acquired by Honeywell) and U.S. Borax / RTZ in International marketing and business development.
Puneet is actively involved as a member of the CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) National Committee on IT / ITES and Ecommerce; and the CII National Sub-Committee on MSME in Defense and Aerospace. Puneet is a charter member and President of TiE Chandigarh; and, a member of the Indian Angel Network.
Widely traveled, Puneet has spoken at a number of industry events, symposium and standard body meetings. He has been profiled in a number of magazines, newspapers and media articles.