Phaltan, Maharashtra, India
Home page: http://www.nariphaltan.org/shortbio.pdf
Dr. Anil K. Rajvanshi has more than 30 years of experience in renewable energy
R&D and rural development.
He did his B.Tech and M.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of
Technology (IIT) Kanpur in 1972 and 1974 respectively. He received his Ph.D. in
Mech. Engg. from University of Florida, Gainesville, USA in 1979 under solar
energy pioneer Dr. Eric Farber. He was on the faculty of University of Florida (Dept.
of Mechanical Engineering) for 2 years before returning to India in 1981 to run his
own rural NGO – Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) in Phaltan,
NARI has done pioneering work in agriculture, renewable energy and sustainable
development areas specially those affecting rural population. Dr. Rajvanshi has
devoted the last 33 years at NARI to apply sophisticated science and technology to
solve the problems faced by the rural people in the areas of energy, water, pollution
and income generation, broadly based on renewable energy in environmentally
Dr. Rajvanshi has written extensively on his work on rural self-sufficiency and has
attracted the attention of the print and visual media worldwide. He has more than
160 publications; two books and chapters in various books; and 7 patents to his
credit. He has been inducted into several prominent committees of the government
of India at the national and state level. He is the principal author of the Govt. of
India national policy on Energy Self Sufficient Talukas.
For his pioneering work, Dr. Rajvanshi has received a number of prestigious
national and international awards, such as Jamnalal Bajaj Award, induction to the
U.S. based Solar Hall of Fame, Austria based Energy Globe Award, Federation of
Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) Annual Award, Sweden
based Globe Award, Distinguished Alumnus Award from University of Florida,
among others. He has been a featured speaker at many prominent institutes,
conferences and forums, both in India and U.S. and lectures regularly on the issues
of sustainability and rural development.
Besides his engineering work he is also involved in studies of human
consciousness and the interaction of spirituality and technology. His writings on
these issues have appeared regularly in Times of India in Speaking Tree column.
He also writes a blog in Times of India Speaking Tree website.
He is an author of a book entitled, “Nature of Human Thought”, which tries to bring
about a synthesis of ancient Indian Yogic thought and modern cosmology and brain
research. The book contains many essays on spirituality and technology and
reflects his belief that sustainability and spirituality go hand in hand. Recently he
has also penned his memoirs of his US student days in a new book entitled “1970s
America – An Indian Student’s Journey”.
Interests: Spirituality, rural development, renewable energy. technological innovations
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