rnrnAnil K. Rajvanshi has more than 25 years of experience in renewable energy R&D and rural development. He did his B.Tech and M.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur in 1972 and 1974 respectively. He received his Ph.D. in Mech. Engg. from University of Florida, Gainesville, USA in 1979 under solar energy pioneer Dr. Eric Farber. He was on the faculty of University of Florida (Dept. of Mechanical Engineering) for 2 years before returning to India in 1981 to run his own rural NGO – NARI in Phaltan, Maharashtra. rn rnNARI has done pioneering work in renewable energy and environment areas specially those affecting rural population. Dr. Rajvanshi has devoted the last 25 years at NARI to apply sophisticated science and technology to solve the problems faced by the rural people in the areas of energy, water, pollution and income generation, broadly based on renewable energy in environmentally sound ways.rnrnConsequently very innovative technologies have been developed at NARI. They include ethanol from sweet sorghum, solar distillation plant for ethanol, very efficient lanterns for rural lighting, low concentration ethanol stoves, biomass gasifiers and electric cycle rickshaws, among others.rnrnDr. Rajvanshi has written extensively on his work on rural self-sufficiency and has attracted the attention of the print and visual media worldwide. He has 132 publications and 7 patents to his credit. He has been inducted into several prominent committees of the government of India at the national and state level. He is the principal author of the Govt. of India national policy on Energy Self Sufficient Talukas.rnrnFor his pioneering work, Anil has received a number of prestigious awards, such as Jamnalal Bajaj Award, induction to the U.S. based Solar Hall of Fame, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) Annual Award and Energy Globe Award, Globe Award among others. He has been a featured speaker at many prominent conferences, both in India and U.S. and lectures regularly on the issues of sustainability and rural development.rnrnBesides his engineering work he is also involved in studies of human consciousness and the interaction of spirituality and technology. His writings on these issues appear regularly in Times of India in Speaking Tree column. He is an author of a book entitled, “Nature of Human Thought”, which tries to bring about a synthesis of ancient Indian Yogic thought and modern cosmology and brain research. The book contains many essays on spirituality and technology and reflects his belief that sustainability and spirituality go hand in hand. rnrnRecently he has also penned his memoirs of his US student days in a new book entitled “1970s America – An Indian Student’s Journey”.rnrn rnFor detailed bio please visit http://www.nariphaltan.org/rajvanshi.pdf
In this article concepts of greed, desire and sustainability are explored. It is shown that by sublimating our greed impulses and desires into higher good and by living a simple life we all can live happily and sustainably.
There is agreat need for innovations for rural areas. Since the energy and material resources available are scarce and in dilute forms there is a great need to produce very high technologies for these areas.