Mr. Tushar Kanjilal

  • 2008
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Application of Science and Technology for Rural Development

Born: March 1, 1935

Master of Arts, Bachelor of Education

Is the Secretary of the Tagore Society for Rural Development, Kolkata. It focuses on the areas relating to childhood education, adult education, comprehensive health programme, social forestry and ecological development.

His forte has been in the field of applying appropriate technology to the inaccessible regions of the Sunderbans in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. The region has the world's largest mangrove forest famous for the Royal Bengal tiger. Has led a movement to save the mangrove forests of the Sunderbans, since he believes that if the mangrove forests are not saved, Bengal is doomed.

Is a living bridge, for 37 years, with the hope - and the means - for development to thousands of people living among the mangrove swamps of that area.

Was included as a member of the Working Group constituted by the Government of Tripura for suggesting a road map for the future development of human resources and Bio-technology of the State Planning Board for undertaking a detailed evaluation of this sector.

Is a Member of the Sunderbans Development Board and Chairman, Task Force for Preparation Master Plan for entire Sunderbans; of National Committee for Promotion of Economic and Social Welfare, and of the Standing Committee of Council of Advancement of People's Action and Rural Technology (CAPART), Government of India.

Was "The Week" magazine’s Man of the Year among the 20 social workers who have transformed the life of thousands of people.

Has received recognition in the form of a number of Awards: National Teacher in 1984; the Padma Shri in 1996; an Award from the Institution of Engineers (India) 1991; “Indian Living Legend" award from the Voluntary Action Network India, Delhi; the "Rathindranath Puroshkar" by Viswa - Bharati University in 2006. Has been included in the Penguin publication entitled "Prophets of Modern India" in 2004.

A 9/6, Kalindi Housing Estate,
West Bengal - 700 089
Tel: 033 - 2555 2433, 2543 0678
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