Dr. Ajoy Kumar Basu

  • 1999
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Application of Science and Technology for Rural Development

Born: July 29, 1937

Bachelor of Science (Hons); Master of Technology; Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D), Fellowship of the Institution of Engineers

Has spent a major part of his life in Technology Planning, Modulation and Transfer of Technology for villagers, focusing on the tribals of South Bihar, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa.

Developed the concept of training and research in Appropriate Technology in the Birla Institute of Technology and Warwick University, United Kingdom.

Was invited by Prince Charles to discuss starting of the United World College of Appropriate Technology in India. Also prepared the outline of the 5 year Rural Development Plan for the Kingdom of Lesotho, Africa at the invitation of the King of Sweden and with the support of Dag Hammarskjold Foundation of Sweden.

Is the Founder and Chief Executive of the Society for Rural Industrialisation (SRI). Core functions comprise seven subjects: 1. Planning and Information 2. Construction 3. Energy 4. Electro-mechanical Devices 5. Processing of materials 6. Life-sciences 7. Land and Water Management and all had to be linked with technology transfer.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Plan for India (1997-2002) is based on SRI Philosophy and the SRI has been identified as the Child Development Organisation (CDO) to lead the establishment of the pioneer Technology Development & Application Centre for Rural Community developments.

Received the Bila Award for his outstanding service to the tribals and the President’s Award from National Productivity Council for Training of villagers on Food Processing, in 1998.

Society for Rural Industrialisation,
146, H.B. Road,
Lalpur, Ranchi,
Bihar - 834 001