Anil Prakash Joshi

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Anil Prakash Joshi
The President, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam presenting Padma Shri to Dr. Anil Prakash Joshi, for his contribution in promoting indigenous technologies, at investiture ceremony in New Delhi on March 29, 2006.jpg
The President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam presenting Padma Shri to Dr. Anil Prakash Joshi, for his contribution in promoting indigenous technologies, at investiture ceremony in New Delhi on March 29, 2006.
Born (1955-04-06) 6 April 1955 (age 63)
Kotdwar, Pauri Garhwal district, Uttarakhand, India
Occupation Social worker
Botanist
Green activist
Known for Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organization
Awards Padma Shri
Jamnalal Bajaj Award
Ashoka Fellowship
The Week Man of the Year
ISC Jawaharlal Nehru Award

Anil Prakash Joshi is an Indian green activist, social worker, botanist and the founder of Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organization (HESCO), a Dehradun-based non governmental organization involved in the development of environmentally sustainable technologies for the agricultural sector.[1] He is a recipient of the Jamnalal Bajaj Award[2] and is an Ashoka Fellow.[3] The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2006, for his contributions to Indian society.[4]

Biography[edit]

Anil Prakash Joshi was born on 6 April 1955 at Kotdwar, in Pauri Garhwal district, in the present day Uttarakhand state of India in a family of farmers[5] and secured a master's degree in botany and a doctoral degree in ecology.[6] He started his career as a member of faculty at the Kotdwar Government PG College but resigned the job in 1979 and founded Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organization (HESCO), a non governmental organization. Under the aegis of HESCO, Joshi promoted research and development of new environment-friendly technologies for the agricultural sector, tapping the local resources. He is supported by a team of 30 people, and the group is known to have been involved in the dissemination of knowledge on eco-friendly techniques and technologies[7] in 40 villages in the state.[3] His concept of Gross Environmental Product has since been adopted by the State Government.[1]

Joshi has launched several social programmes, based on resource-based rural development, such as Women Technology Park, Technology Intervention for Mountain-Eco System, Ecological Food Mission in Mountain and Women's Initiative for Self Employment (WISE)[8][5] and has been reported to be successful in providing the villages with water mills, composting pits, toilets, plan-based drugs and herbal pesticides and rainwater harvesting techniques.[3] Finding uses for a local shrub, Kurri, which had been considered a weed, by utilising it for making furniture, incense sticks and using the left-overs as fodder was one initiative developed by Joshi.[9] He is credited with over 60 articles and ten books on the subject.[5]

Ashoka, the social entrepreneurial network, elected him as their Fellow in 1993.[3] The Indian Science Congress awarded him the Jawaharlal Nehru Award in 1999 and The Week magazine selected him as the Man of the Year in 2002.[5] The Government of India included him in the 2006 Republic Day Honours list for the civilian award of the Padma Shri and the same year, he received the Jamnalal Bajaj Award for his efforts in the application of science and technology for rural development.[10]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dr Anil P Joshi". Measure What Matters. 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Jamnalal Bajaj Award". Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation. 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d "Ashoka Fellowship". Ashoka.org. 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d "Dr. Anil Prakash Joshi - JB Award". Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation. 2006. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Anil Prakash Joshi biography". Veethi. 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Lack of basic amenities in rural areas cause for exodus". The Tribune. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Anil Prakash Joshi". Ashoka India. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  9. ^ "The Mountain Man". The Better India. 28 June 2009. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  10. ^ "Jamnalal Bajaj awards presented". The Hindu. 7 November 2006. Retrieved 5 December 2015.

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