Dr. Anil K. Rajvanshi (Director and Hon. Secretary)
Dr.Rajvanshi has more than 35 years of experience in renewable energy R&D and rural development. He did his B.Tech and M.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from I.I.T. Kanpur in 1972 and 1974 respectively (read his story written by IIT Kanpur alumni association). He received his Ph.D. in Mech. Engg. from University of Florida, Gainesville, USA in 1979. He was also on the faculty of University of Florida (Dept. of Mechanical Engineering) for 2.5 years before returning to India in 1981 to work at NARI. He is currently Director, Trustee and Hon. Secretary of NARI.
Dr. Rajvanshi has served on many committees of the Government of India (Office of the principal Scientific Advisor to the GOI, Planning Commission, Advisory Board of Energy, MNES) and Government of Maharashtra (State Planning Commission, Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission). He is the author of the national policy on Energy Self Sufficient Talukas, which was run by MNES, New Delhi.
In 1998 he was inducted into the U.S. based Solar Hall of Fame. He was awarded the prestigious Jamnalal Bajaj Award for rural development in 2001 and in 2004 was awarded the Energy Globe Award for his work on the electric cycle rickshaw. In June 2009 NARI was awarded the prestigious Globe Award for Dr. Rajvanshi’s invention of ethanol lantern and stove. In May 2014 he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from University of Florida in May. He is the first Indian to be given this award. The award acceptance speech is here. Recently he has been inducted as a notable alumni in IIT Kanpur with his profile detailed here.
Dr. Rajvanshi is the principal investigator of 27 projects funded by various national and international agencies with grants totaling ~ Rs. 20 million. He has authored/co-authored more than 160 publications in various national and international journals including 35 editorial articles on sustainable development and spirituality in some of the major newspapers and magazines of India. He has 7 patents to his credit in the areas of lantern, alcohol stove, biomass gasifier and electric cycle rickshaws.
He has also written chapters in books entitled Alternative Energy in Agriculture (CRC Press, U.S.A. 1987), Gandhi in 21st Century (Prachee Publications, Hyderabad, 1999) and a chapter entitled “Sustainable Development – The Gandhian Way” in the book Timeless Inspirator – Reliving Gandhi (Ed. R.A.Mashelkar, 2010). His major writings are available at this site.
He has written a book Nature of Human Thought in which he has made an attempt to synthesize the ancient Indian Yogic thought with modern cosmology and brain research. He writes a regular blog on spirituality in Speaking Tree. He is also a blogger on Huffington Post.
In 2008 he penned his memoirs about his student days in US and in 2014 he has written a book on human-interest story of his renewable energy work at NARI. Recently he has written his autobiography entitled; “A life of an ordinary Indian – An exercise in self-importance”.