Role Models

Joe Madiath Founder, Gram Vikas

Gram Vikas, which literally means 'Village development', is an organization, where Joe has been working for over 30 years, was started to provide water and sanitation facilities for the poor in Orissa. Today, Gram Vikas helps marginalized tribal groups to organize themselves to solve a wide range of social and health problems. Gram Vikas currently serves more than 2,50,000 people in 701 habitations of 21 districts in Orissa

R Elango Sarpanch, Kuthambakkam Village

R Elango, born in Kuthambakkam village, completed engineering from Institute of Chemical Engineers, Calcutta. He created a model village; which is economically independent. Elango's model is built to achieve sustainability at the grassroot level. As a sarpanch, he forged ahead with a structured plan of development

Kiran Majumdar Shaw Founder, Biocon

Kiran majored in Biology and found a huge business opportunity in the enzymes sector, which she felt, could solve the society's medical needs. She started Biocon in 1978 and since then, has aggressively made her presence felt in the pharmaceutical industry. Biocon is India's first billion dollar company in the pharmaceutical industry which focuses on high quality research and treatment of chronic disorders.

Bunker Roy Barefoot College

In 1972, Sanjit 'Bunker' Roy founded the Barefoot College in Tilonia, Rajasthan. The vision of Barefoot College is to provide a self-sustaining model where the local villagers are involved in the solar sector and women of the village in the age group above 40 are given specialized training to fabricate and repair solar operated device.

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