dr. Anil K Rajvanshi, a grassroots scientist from Satara working on sustainability and rural development, has been selected for the Padma Shri award in the science and engineering category. He is an academic, researcher with more than three decades of work experience in renewable energy research, rural development and sustainable development.
dr. Rajvanshi is best known for building the Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI). It is a non-governmental organization and non-profit research and development institute in Maharashtra that conducts research in the fields of agriculture, renewable energy, sustainable development and animal husbandry.
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Some of his work includes cooking and lighting based on renewable energy; power generation from agricultural residues; production of renewable fuel from agriculture; electric bicycle rickshaws; water treatment and wastewater treatment through the use of renewable energy.
Born and raised in Lucknow, he received his education from the Indian School Certificate St. Francis’ College, Lucknow in 1966. He received a bachelor’s degree from IIT Kanpur in 1972 and a master’s degree from the same institute in 1974. He also has a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida, USA in 1979.
Director of IIT Kanpur, Abhay Karandikar congratulated Rajvanshi. He took to Twitter and wrote: “I am pleased to share that Dr. Anil Rajvanshi, Director of the Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute, has been awarded the Padma Shri Prize, as announced today by the Government on the eve of the Day of the Republic.” director added: “He also has more than 230 publications, seven patents and several books to his name. Congratulations for the well-deserved recognition and best wishes for future endeavors.”
He is the son of Jagdish Rajvanshi, a freedom fighter who went to prison during India’s independence struggle. He also wrote a book called Hawalaat about his experiences in prison.
This year, President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the award of 128 Padma Awards. Out of these 107 people will be awarded Padma Shri which is awarded for outstanding service in every field
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