Bhavarlal Jain

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Bhavarlal Hiralal Jain
Bhavarlal Jain.JPG
Born (1937-12-12)12 December 1937
Wakod, Tal.Jamner, Dist.Jalgaon, India
Died 25 February 2016(2016-02-25) (aged 78)
Residence Jalgaon, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Other names Bhau (Big Brother), Bhumiputra (Son of the soil),
Education B.Com, LL.B

Founder Chairman,

Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd.
Religion Jainism
Spouse(s) Kantabai Bhavarlal Jain
Children Ashok Jain
Anil Jain
Ajit Jain
Atul Jain
Parent(s) Hiralal Sagarmal Jain
Gauri Hiralal Jain
Awards Padma Shri (2008)

Bhavarlal Hiralal Jain (12 December 1937 – 25 February 2016) was an Indian entrepreneur, the founder chairman of Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. (JISL), now the second largest micro-irrigation company in the world.[1] He was a staunch Gandhian and philanthropist. He was the founder of Gandhi Research Foundation.[2] He was a Philosopher, Writer, Advocate, Industrialist, Social Activist, Philanthropist, Businessman, Farmer, Entrepreneur.

Life (1937 to 2016)[edit]

Bhavarlal Jain was born into a Marwari Jain farming family of a village named Wakod located in Jalgaon district, Maharashtra, India in 1937, having ancestral origin in Rajasthan. A law graduate, he spurned the offer for a civil service job to pursue agriculture as a profession at the age of twenty-three.[1] In 1963, selling kerosene from a pushcart, Jain started the family business with trading. The family formed a partnership with a meager Rs. 7,000, the accumulated savings of three generations, as capital. In 1972-74, Jain decided to revert to his ancestral farms from trading and business.[3] In 1980, he commenced PVC pipe manufacturing operations. In 1987-88, he set up a Public Corporation – the first of its kind in the private sector in the Khandesh region – for production, promotion and propagation of drip irrigation in the country.[3] He purchased a piece of land that was lying between the hill and the Jalgaon – Pachora road. The revenue classification of the land was less than that of degraded land.[4] He converted this land into cultivable land, now recognised as the Jain Hills and Jain Valley, or Jain Agri Park and Jain Food Park respectively.[4] Then, he went on to pioneer the concept of micro irrigation in India. He received many awards and accolades for outstanding work in agriculture including the prestigious Crawford Reid Memorial Award instituted by Irrigation Association, USA for "Significant achievements in promoting proper irrigation techniques and in fostering major advancements in the Industry outside the United States of America" in 1997. He was the first Indian and the second Asian to receive this honor. He was greatly influenced by the Jain teachings of Ahimsa (non-violence) and Anekāntavāda (multiplicity of view points).[2] Mr. Jain died at Jaslok Hospital in Mumbai on 25th February, 2016 due to Multi Organ Failure, Septicaemia, & Listeriosis.He is The father of the second green revolution in India.


View of Gandhi Teerth, a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, founded by Mr. Jain

Inspired by a quote, "Agriculture: a profession with future", Jain added dealerships of tractors, sprinkler systems, PVC pipes, and other farm equipment. To broad-base the business, he also added agencies for farm inputs such as fertilizers, seeds, and pesticides. His business grew from Rs. 1 million in 1963 to Rs. 110 million till 1978.

Jain did considerable amount of work particularly regarding the water management systems. At JISL's modern 1,000-acre (4.0 km2) R&D Farm, research and demonstration takes place for providing cost effective measures of wasteland development, soil and water conservation, greenhouse, fertigation, adoption of bio-pesticides and bio-fertilizers, effective farm management and improving productivity for horticultural crops. 'Grand Nain'- a tissue cultured banana variety introduced by him has emerged as the leading variety with banana farmers in Maharashtra.[5]

He strived hard to earn a place of pride for Indian agriculture by augmenting yields and adding value, through scientific inputs of technology.

In July 2007, he founded the Anubhuti School,[6] a strictly vegetarian, residential school with a difference which judiciously blends classroom learning with experiential project work. This school recently achieved 'Green School Award'.

Jain was the managingtrustee of 'Jain Charities', an organisation dedicated to social causes like education and rural development.[7] The organisation is now known as 'Bhavarlal and Kantabai Jain Multipurpose Foundation'.[8]


Jain authored many books in English and Marathi. The following table contains his writings according to the year of publishing. His speeches, articles and interviews have been collected and published extensively.

Index Number Title of Book Year of Publication Subject Language
1 Aajchi Samajrachna, tiche swarup va punarbandhani 2001 Present social system and its reconstruction Marathi
2 A Telling Tale 2003 Water Management and Conservation English
3 Ti aani Mi 2009 Autobiographical and inspirational sketch of a spiritually united couple Marathi
4 Uniting Bond 2010 25 years' journey between two friends English
5 Then and Now 2011 Transformation of Jain Hills English
6 The Enlightened Entrepreneur[9] 2013 Compilation of lectures delivered by Mr. Jain English
7 She and Me 2014 Autobiographical and inspirational sketch of a spiritually united couple English

Awards and recognitions[edit]

Jain received 22 International and National Awards.[10] He was conferred the prestigious UNESCO-West-Net "Water Conserver of India" award in November 2007 by the Hon'ble Union Minister of Water Resources, Prof. Saif-Ud-Din Soz at a function held in New Delhi attended by eminent delegates from the World Bank, UNICEF, UNESCO, Central Water Commission and TERI .[11] In 2008, he was awarded with Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award by the Government of India .[12] The North Maharashtra University awarded him with the degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris causa) for "Remarkable achievements in the field of agriculture, industry and social work". Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Rajasthan and Konkan Krishi Vidhyapith, Maharashtra awarded the degrees of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa ) to him for "tremendous service to the nation by putting up Research Projects and Drip Irrigation Projects which is a unique boon to the agriculturists all over."[13] and "Significant Contribution in the field of Agriculture, Horticulture, Micro Irrigation & Water Conservation."respectively.[14] In 2012, he was awarded with "The Good Company Award" by Forbes.[15]

Sr. No. Year Name Instituted By Citation
1 1983 I.M.M.-Bata Marketing Award Certificate & Trophy IMM Bata, New Delhi '‘Marketing Award for Small Entrepreneurs'’
2 1984 A. R. Bhat Entrepreneurship Award Certificate & Trophy FASII, New Delhi '‘Outstanding Performance in Industry of Organic Chemicals'’
3 1995 FIE Foundation Award Trophy + Rs. 35,000 FIE Foundation, Ichalkaranji, Maharashtra '‘Innovation in Agriculture & Management'’
4 1997 Crawford Reid Memorial Award Trophy Irrigation Association, USA '‘Significant achievements in promoting proper irrigation techniques in fostering major advancements in the industry outside United States'’
5 2001 Yashodeep Puraskar Certificate & Trophy The Institution of Engineers (India), Nasik Chapter, Maharashtra '‘Came up in the field of Irrigation Engineering with innovative ideas and made a name on global scenario'’
6 2002 Gandhi-Ambedkar Social Justice Award Trophy Gandhi-Ambedkar Foundation for Modern India, Mumbai '‘For his long contribution in Agriculture Industry'’
7 2006 Doctor of Letters (D. Lit.) Certificate & Citation NMU, Jalgaon, GoM '‘Remarkable achievements in the field of Agriculture, Industry and Social Work'’
8 2006 Doctor of Science (D. Sc.) Certificate & Citation KKV, Dapoli, GoM '‘Significant Contribution in the field of Agriculture, Horticulture, Micro Irrigation and Water Conservation'’
9 2006 Doctor of Science (D. Sc.) Certificate & Citation MPUAT, Udaipur, GoR '‘Outstanding contributions in developing systems of Micro Irrigation, Food Processing and Tissue Culture facilities and bringing economic empowerment of farmers'’
10 2006 Yashwantrao Chavan Krishi Audyogik Samajrachna, Rs. 100,000 & Citation Yashwantrao Chavan Pratishthan, Mumbai '‘Extraordinary contribution to the on-going innovation in the Agricultural Sector, by propagating Drip Irrigation Technology, especially throughout the water-deficient Maharashtra State'’
11 2008 Padma Shri Certificate & Medal MOHA, GoI '‘Significant Contributions in Science & Engineering'’
12 2008 Water Conserver of India Certificate & Trophy Water Digest*, New Delhi '‘For outstanding contribution in the field of water in India'’
13 2008 Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) TNAU, Coimbatore, GoT '‘Outstanding Contribution in the field of Agriculture and Micro Irrigation Systems'’
14 2009 Bharat Sevak Ratna Confederation of NGOs of Rural India, New Delhi '‘Outstanding services to nation & society in different capacities over decades and particularly his concern for upliftment of the poor and the underprivileged'’
15 2010 Podar Ratna Trophy Shikshan Prasarak Mandali's R.A. Podar College of Commerce & Economics Alumni Association, Mumbai '‘You have spread the light of knowledge far and wide – in the field of Industry'’
16 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award Trophy World Trade Centre, Mumbai, and All India Association of Industries '‘Outstanding contribution to the development of Indian Agriculture'’
17 2011 Jalgaon Ratna Jalgaon Municipal Corporation, Jalgaon, Maharashtra '‘Overall contribution to the upliftment of society in general and the farming community in particular'’
18 2011 Pride of Gujarat-Maharashtra Award Feelings Multimedia Ltd., Ahmedabad "Have proved themselves as icons in their respective fields"
19 2012 Heroes of Philanthropy Forbes Asia "One of the 48 Global & Fourth Indian recipient who build Gandhi Research Foundation to teach the young about Mahatma Gandhi "


  1. ^ a b Forbes 
  2. ^ a b "Gandhi Research Foundation". Gandhi Research Foundation. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Jain 2003, p. 10.
  4. ^ a b Jain 2003, p. 10-11.
  5. ^ "Grand Nain – Tissue cultured Banana variety" (PDF). Archived from Global Conference on Banana and Plantain the original Check |url= value (help) (PDF) on 20 July 2007. Retrieved 27 April 2007. 
  6. ^ "Anubhuti School". Retrieved 27 April 2007. 
  7. ^ "Jain Charities". Retrieved 27 April 2007. 
  8. ^ "Dr. Appasaheb Pawar Modern Agri High Tech Award". 
  9. ^ Jain, Bhavarlal H (2013-12-04), The Enlightened Entrepreneur, ISBN 9788129131942 
  10. ^ "Awards Received by the Chairman B. H. Jain". Archived from the original on 18 April 2007. Retrieved 27 April 2007. 
  11. ^ "Awards Received by the Chairman B. H. Jain". Archived from the original on 22 May 2010. Retrieved 3 April 2008. 
  12. ^ Padma Shree
  13. ^ "Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) from Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology". Archived from University Convocation the original Check |url= value (help) on 10 March 2007. Retrieved 27 April 2007. 
  14. ^ "Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa)from Konkan Krishi Vidhyapith". Retrieved 16 April 2008. 
  15. ^ "Jain Irrigation Systems: The Good Company". 


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