FICCI award for Nimbkar institute

PUNE: The Phaltan-based Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute has been selected for the prestigious annual FICCI award for 2001-02 in recognition of institutional initiative in the field of rural development.

The award, which includes a shield and a certificate, will be presented to Nari director Anil Rajvanshi by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, on Friday.

Rajvanshi, who is also the proud winner of the coveted Jamnalal Bajaj award for the year 2001, told TNN that the award is a recognition of his instituteís initiatives in carrying out research and development in agriculture, renewable energy resources and animal husbandry.

Known for developing and designing Noori, a multi-fuel lantern which produces a light output of 100 watt light bulb running on ethanol, diesel or kerosene, and can also be doubled as a cooking stove, the institute has also recognition for developing a battery-powered cycle rickshaw.

Rajvanshi, who has a masterís degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur and a doctorate  on solar energy from University of Florida, Gainsville, came back to India with his wife, Nandini, in 1981, and joined the institute with a view to propagate sustainable development.

Source: The Times of India