Dr. S. S. Kalbag

  • 1996
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Application of Science and Technology for Rural Development

Born: October 23, 1928

Bachelor of Science, Hon. Bachelor of Science and Technology, Master of Science and Technology, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)

Left jobs with Government of India and Hindustan Lever. Preferred to settle on a barren 5-acre land given by the Maharashtra Government. Established under the Indian Institute of Education, Pune, and the Vigyan Ashram at Patbal in 1983.

Led revolutionary structural reform of educational system to give formal and non-formal training with the same facility. The chief merit of the system is the Demystification of Science and Technology whereby many of the modern and sophisticated services are simplified to the level where the rural youth can handle these and also contribute to the national effort. These include the process and method of locating underground water; The Rural Laboratory with its simple equipment and methods for diagnosis of diseases and computerization.

The impact of the programme in the entire region is multidimensional.

The replicability of the Rural Technology Course has been completed in a thorough field-experiment in three schools in and around the village Pabal. The Ashram has shown results in all fields of constructive social work, child and women development, rural development and science & technology.

Vigyan Ashram,
Dist. Pune,
Maharashtra - 412 403
Tel: 2138 - 292326