Anil Kumar Gupta

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Anil K Gupta at Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram

Anil Kumar Gupta is a scholar in the area of grassroots innovations.[1] He is the founder of the Honey Bee Network and has been a Professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.[2] Besides, he holds the Executive Vice Chair of the National Innovation Foundation.[3] He is also a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science.[4] He was awarded the Padma Shri in the year 2004, for his contributions to management education.[5]


Post finishing his Bachelors (Hons) in Agriculture, he went on to complete his MSc (Biochemical Genetics) from Haryana Agricultural University in 1974. In 1986, he earned a PhD in Management from Kurukshetra University.

Research and interests[edit]

His interests include ensuring recognition, respect and reward for grassroots inventors and innovators at a local, national and global level and protection of their Intellectual Property rights. Amalgamation of formal and informal science, ethical issues in conservation and prosperity of biodiversity are some of his other research interests. Every summer and winter, in order to learn from grassroots teachers, he has been walking around 6000 km across India for over a week as part of Shodh Yatra for more than twelve years. In fact, Shodh Yatra, which is a second year course, is one of the most popular courses taught in IIM Ahmedabad. Through the Honey Bee Network, he has demonstrated the pivotal role of innovative ideas and knowledge, possessed by economically poor people, in 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 the Executive Vice Chair of National Innovation Foundation and founder of the Honey Bee Network. He is also the Co-ordinator of SRISTI (Society for Research and Initiative for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions).[6] He was a speaker at TEDIndia in November,2009.[7] Since 2011, he is an advisor on issues pertaining to innovation, environment, and sustainability to Fair Observer, an online magazine covering global issues.[8]

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[9]
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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  4. ^ "General Listing". World Academy of Art and Science. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
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  6. ^ "Profile of Anil K Gupta". Archived from the original on 9 December 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
  7. ^ "Anil Gupta: India's hidden hotbeds of invention". Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  8. ^ "A.Gutpa|Fair Observer". Archived from the original on 12 December 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
  9. ^ "Prizes and Awards". The World Academy of Sciences. 2016.

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