Born: September 1, 1950
Master of Technology; Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Mechanical Engineering
Gave up a lucrative career in the United State of America. Returned to India in 1981 and joined the Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute with a view to propagating sustainable rural development through the use of modern science and technology, tempered by ancient Indian philosophical thought.
Has shown that it is possible to set up a good research and development (R&D) facility in rural areas and, through the internet, export and inform the public about the technologies and services.
Some of the Rural technologies include: • Solar distillation of fermented stem juice of sweet sorghum for the production of ethanol for cooking and lighting.
• An efficient pressurised lantern called "Noorie" run on kerosene, ethanol or diesel. The Noorie has been exported to the United States of America where it is providing light in the blackout zones of California.
• A technology in which soil bound water unavailable to roots for up take is evaporated with the help of solar energy and condensed and collected for supply to the tree seedlings.
• An Electric cycle rickshaw with 3 gears, which can go longer distances. Some of these are being exported to the United Kingdom (UK) and Germany.
Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute,
Phaltan - Lonand Road,
Maharashtra - 415 523