Eminent environmentalist Padmashri and Padma Bhushan Anil Joshi from Dehradun Uttarakhand will be as KARAMVIR in prestigious Kaun Banega Karorpati ( Who will be a millionaire) show on Friday with Megastar Amitabh Bachchan.
Professor Anil Joshi will be on the hot seat with a popular producer director of Bollywood Anurag Basu to answer the trivial questions of megastar Amitabh Bachchan has earned name and fame nationally n internationally by the dint of his dedicated hard work to educate the masses on environment n ecology through various campaigns via awareness cycle and Padyatras and selfless missions among rural n urban people n societies.
Professor Anil Joshi primarily hails from Garhwal Uttarakhand based in Dehradun who is famous for outing in the distant villages and forests of Uttarakhand and various parts of the country with an aim to create and mobilise awareness against deforestation and environmental pollution, conservation n cleanliness of rivers, its tributaries, encouraging plantation on mass scale and infusing in younger generation and women in particular a feeling of being aware against pollution of environment n rivers, deforestation and extensive plantation etc through his janjagran Padyatras, cycle yatras, seminars, talks, meetings, interactions with rural people, student community, among intellectuals and also writing extensively in regional and national newspapers on environmental issues dedicating his entire life to the noble n pertinent cause of environment and ecological awareness thus building a healthy society.
Born in 1955, recipient of coveted Padmashree, Padma Bhushan n Jamunalal Bajaj awards for his imeasurable contribution to protect and aware people for safe environment Anil Joshi was born at Kotdwar, Garhwal Uttarakhand who sought his master’s degree in Botany and doctorate in ecology.
He quit as a lecturer from Kotdwar in 1979 to establish Himalayan Environmental Studies and conservation organisation ( HESCO). Dr. Anil Joshi has been writing extensively on Uttarakhand fires suggesting ways n means to curb these fires that erupt on massive scale during every summer season destroying thousands of hectares of the prosper jungles of Uttarakhand.
Joshi promoted research and development of new environment-friendly technologies for the agricultural sector, tapping the local resources. He is supported by a team of 30 people, and the group is known to have been involved in the dissemination of knowledge on eco-friendly techniques and technologies in 40 villages in the state. His concept of Gross Environmental Product has since been adopted by the State Government.
Padmabhushan Joshi is credited for starting several social programmes, based on resource-based rural development, such as Women Technology Park, Technology Intervention for Mountain-Eco System, Ecological Food Mission in Mountain and Women’s Initiative for Self Employment (WISE) and has been reported to be successful in providing the villages with water mills, composting pits, toilets, plan-based drugs and herbal pesticides and rainwater harvesting techniques.
Finding uses for a local shrub, Kurri, which had been considered a weed, by utilising it for making furniture, incense sticks and using the left-overs as fodder was one initiative developed by Joshi.He is credited with over 60 articles and ten books on the subject.
A highly acclaimed environmentalist in Uttarakhand and nationally by his outstanding contribution to environment protection, Ashoka, the social entrepreneurial network, elected him as their Fellow in 1993. The Indian Science Congress awarded him the Jawaharlal Nehru Award in 1999 and The Week magazine selected him as the Man of the Year in 2002. The Government of India included him in the 2006 Gantantra DIWAS Sammaan ( Republic Day Honours) list for the civilian award of the Padma Shri and the same year, he received the Jamunalal Bajaj Award for his efforts in the application of science and technology for rural development.
The Kaun Banega KARAMVIR special will be telecast this Friday on Soni television channel.