Deep Joshi

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Deep Joshi
Deep Joshi-2.jpg
Born 1947
Puriyag, Pithoragarh district, Uttarakhand
Nationality  India
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT Sloan School of Management, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology
Occupation social worker, Executive Director, PRADAN. Chairman Institute of Rural Management, Anand
Known for NGO/Social work, 2009 recipient of Magsaysay award & one of the recipient of 2010 Padma Shri Award.
Home town Pithoragarh district, Uttarakhand state
Spouse(s) Sheela Joshi
Children One son (Uday) and one daughter (Girija)
Awards Ramon Magsaysay Award - 2009

Deep Joshi is an Indian social worker and NGO activist and the recipient of 2009 Magsaysay award.[1][2][3] He is recognised for his leadership in bringing professionalism to the NGO movement in India.[4][5] He co-founded a non-profit organisation, Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN) of which he was the Executive Director till 2007. He was awarded the 2009 Magsaysay award for Community Leadership for his work for "development of rural communities".[4]

Early life[edit]

Deep Joshi was born in 1947 in village Puriyag, in a remote area of Pithoragarh district, Uttarakhand in the Himalayas to Harikrishan Joshi, a farmer and was one of the seven children.

He received his early education at the local primary school, and later he took his engineering degree from Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad and also holds a masters engineering degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and another on management from Sloan School, MIT.[3][6][7]


Returning to India, Deep Joshi worked with the Systems Research Institute, and as a programme officer with Ford Foundation in India. In the coming decades he worked in the field of rural development and livelihood promotion. In 1983, also co-founded a non-profit organisation, Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN),[8] that recruits college graduates to do community work.,[9][10] which recruits university-educated youth from campuses across India and trains them for grassroots work. Pradan was jointly awarded NGO of the Year 2006 at the first ever India NGO Award event.[11] PRADAN is involved in building Self-help groups, developing land and water resource, Natural Resource Management, forest based livlihood, horticulture & agriculture etc. Pradan formed its first SHG in Alwar, Rajasthan, in 1987. Colleagues at PRADAN include Vijay Mahajan and Sankar Datta

He also advises the Government of India on poverty alleviation strategies and also was a member of Working Group on Rainfed Areas for the Eleventh Five Year Planning Commission, Govt of India.[12]

In 2006, Deep received the Harmony Silver Award for his contributions to society.[13] Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF) announced Deep among others as winner of 2009 Magsaysay awards.[2][4] And, on the eve of Republic Day (26 January 2010) he was honoured with prestigious Padma Shri award, by the Govt of India.

He has been chosen as the Chairman of the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) in October 2012: succeeding Dr. Yoginder K Alagh.[14]


  • "Civil society needs to have both head and heart. If all you have is bleeding hearts, it wouldn't work. If you only have heads, then you are going to dictate solutions which do not touch the human chord."[15]


  1. ^ "India's Deep Joshi wins 2009 Magsaysay award". The Hindu. 3 August 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Myanmar activist awarded Asia's Nobel prize". Reuters. 3 August 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "CITATION for Deep Joshi". Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF). Retrieved 3 August 2009.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ a b c "Magsaysay Awards, Asian version of Nobels, announced". The Times of India. 3 August 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "Winners of Magsaysay Awards". The Straits Times. 3 August 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "Deep Joshi delighted on winning Magsaysay Award". News Track. 5 August 2009. Retrieved 6 August 2009. 
  7. ^ "For this Magsaysay awardee, education is the key to rural uplift". Indian Express. 6 August 2009. Retrieved 6 August 2009. 
  8. ^ "Deep Joshi's profile in Outlook". Retrieved 3 August 2009. 
  9. ^ "Myanmar activist awarded magsaysay award". 3 August 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 
  10. ^ "Deep Joshi". Outlook. 23 April 2007. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 
  11. ^ "Gram Vikas and Pradan Jointly Win NGO of the Year at the India NGO Awards 2006". Retrieved 3 August 2009. 
  12. ^ "Working Groups for the Eleventh Five Year Plan (2007–2012)". Planning Commission Government of India. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 
  13. ^ "First Look: The recipients of the Harmony Silver Award". 1 October 2007. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 
  14. ^ Deep Joshi appointed new IRMA, Anand chairman – India – DNA. Retrieved on 17 August 2013.
  15. ^ "Deep Joshi among 6 chosen for Magsaysay Award news". 3 August 2009. Retrieved 6 August 2009. 

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