Dr. Anil K. Rajvanshi has more than 30 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. 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 – Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) in Phaltan, Maharashtra.
NARI has done pioneering work in agriculture, renewable energy and sustainable development areas specially those affecting rural population.
Besides his technological work he also writes on matters of spirituality and technology.
For his work in rural development Rajvanshi has received a number of prestigious national and international awards, such as Jamnalal Bajaj Award, induction to the U.S. based Solar Hall of Fame, Austria based Energy Globe Award, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) Annual Award, Sweden based Globe Award, and Distinguished Alumnus Award from University of Florida, among others.