Anil Kumar Gupta

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Anil K Gupta at Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram

Anil Kumar Gupta is an Indian scholar in the area of grassroots innovations.[1] He is the founder of the Honey Bee Network. He retired as a full-time professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in 2017, where he served for about 36 years.[2] He is a visiting faculty at the institute now.[3] He held an executive vice-chair at the National Innovation Foundation,[4] where he is a member of its governing board now. He is also a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science.[5] He was awarded the Padma Shri in the year 2004, for his contributions to management education.[6]


Upon finishing his bachelor's degree (Hons) in Agriculture, he went on to complete his Masters in Sciences (Biochemical Genetics) from Haryana Agricultural University in 1974. In 1986, he earned a PhD in Management from the Kurukshetra University.


Research and interests[edit]

His primary focus is on ensuring recognition, respect and reward for grassroots inventors, and protection of their Intellectual Property rights. His other research interests include the amalgamation of formal and informal science, ethical issues in conservation, and prosperity of biodiversity. Every summer and winter for more than twelve years, he has spent more than a week walking approximately 6000 km across India in order to learn from grassroots teachers as part of Shodh Yatra. Shodh Yatra, a second year course, is one of the most popular courses taught in IIM-Ahmedabad. Through the Honey Bee Network, he has aimed to demonstrate that the ideas and knowledge of economically poor people are important for the sustainable progress of developing countries.

Professional experience[edit]

Gupta has been a professor in Centre for Management in Agriculture, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad since 1981. Various positions held by him in IIM-A include Chairperson of Research and Publications, Chairperson of Ravi J Matthai Centre for Educational Innovation and Kasturbhai Lalbhai Chair in Entrepreneurship.

He is a Co-ordinator of SRISTI (Society for Research and Initiative for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions).[7] He was a speaker at TEDIndia in November 2009.[8] Since 2011, he is an advisor on issues pertaining to innovation, environment, and sustainability to Fair Observer, an online magazine covering global issues.[9]

Grassroots Innovation[edit]

Gupta wrote the book ‘Grassroots Innovation: Minds on the Margin are not Marginal Minds’ in 2016. Published by Penguin Books India, the book is a compilation of his empirical research, carried out through the Shodh Yatras, on ingenious solutions and innovations crafted by common individuals, targeting local problems faced by local communities.

Awards and honours[edit]

Year of Award or Honor Name of Award or Honor Awarding Organization
2010 TWAS Prize The World Academy of Sciences[10]
2004 Padma Shri National Award (management education) Government of India
2004 Science-in-Society Award Indian Science Congress Association
2000 Asian Innovation Award Gold Far Eastern Economic Review
1993 - 96 Pew Conservation Scholar Award University of Michigan, USA.


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  2. ^ "IIM-A gives Professor Anil Gupta pyaau farewell gift".
  3. ^ "Prof. Anil Gupta: Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad".
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  5. ^ "General Listing". World Academy of Art and Science. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
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  7. ^ "Profile of Anil K Gupta". Archived from the original on 9 December 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
  8. ^ "Anil Gupta: India's hidden hotbeds of invention". Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  9. ^ "A.Gutpa|Fair Observer". Archived from the original on 12 December 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
  10. ^ "Prizes and Awards". The World Academy of Sciences. 2016.

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