Mr. Gadgil is the first Environmentalist from Nashik. He founded the Friends of Birds Club in 1990. After retiring form LIC as a Sr. Divisional Manager, Mr. Gadgil devoted himself fully to environmental issues. He helped in spreading environmental awareness through 100+ slideshows, 1000+ public lectures and innumerable articles in print. He made school children aware of the importance of biodiversity.
Dr. Surya Gunjal
He is a senior professor and also the Director of Agro-technology in Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University. Dr. Gunjal’s work is multi-faceted. He is a scientist in the International Crop Research Centre, an expert of distance learning, he has actually demonstrated biodiversity in fields and has tried to protect the biodiversity in tribal areas. He has experimented a lot with organic farming and in using modern media for distace learning. Over 300 NGOs and 1.5 lakh farmers are part of these experiments.
Dr. Gunjal’s work has been appreciated nationally and internationally. He is connected with various universities in Malaysia, Thailand, Shri Lanka, New Zealand, Australia and Philipines as an agroand distance-learning expert.He is a guiding beacon to countless farmers (to those especially engaged in organic farming) and thus very much deserves the ‘Vasundhara Mitra’ award.
Sinnar district has always been branded as draught-prone and yet Sunil Pote chose this area as his working field. The credit of raising and organizing a whole water-management movement, springing from the critical shortage of rains goes to him. He was the Founder Coordinator of Yuva Mitra and soon succeeded in roping in a few volunteers. It started 10 years ago. During all those years, Sunil contacted many people and has many well-wishers and volunteers today.
Samaj Parivartan Kendra
30 years is a long time-span for any institute, but the zeal and dedication with which the volunteers of ‘India’s 1st NGO engaged in water-distribution’ still runs very high. It used to be a sad fact that the farmers near the end of the water-canal received very little water, as the life-giving stream ran thin as it reached them. This social movement decided to alter the picture as the water-distribution criteria were rewritten and managed by the farmers themselves. This included the maintenance of infrastructure and recovery of water cess.