About Prof. Anil Gupta:
Prof. Anil Kumar Gupta, a globally renowned scholar known as the ‘father of grassroots innovation’ is a professor at the Centre for Management in Agriculture, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He is the founder of Honey Bee Network and holds the Executive Vice Chair of the National Innovation Foundation. He is also a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science and was awarded Padma Shri in the year 2004, one of the highest civilian awards in India, for his contributions to management education. He is on the advisory board of Global Innovation Centre, UNICEF
His interests include, ensuring recognition, respect and reward for grassroots inventors and innovators at a local, national and global level and is working to protect their Intellectual Property rights. Amalgamation of formal and informal science, ethical issues in conservation and prosperity of biodiversity are some of his other research interests. Every summer and winter, in order to learn from grassroots teachers, he has been walking around 6000 km across India for over a week as part of Shodh Yatra for more than twelve years. In fact, Shodh Yatra, which is a second year course, is one of the most popular courses taught in IIM Ahmedabad. Through the Honey Bee Network, he has demonstrated the pivotal role of innovative ideas and knowledge, possessed by economically poor people, in the sustainable progress of developing countries.
The book “Grassroots Innovation” authored by Prof. Gupta was recently released at the hands of Hon. Pranab Mukherjee. The book walks us through his exploratory journey in innovation at the Grassoroots level. The book focuses on redefining the thought that “Minds on the Margin are not Marginal Minds”. It covers a number of innovations created by rural people of India to solve their problems