Dr. Anil K. Rajvanshi, a rural-based engineer residing in Phaltan, Maharashtra, India, has for the last three decades pioneered the development of technologies spanning a whole spectrum of areas affecting the lives of rural population, namely renewable energy-based cooking and lighting; power generation from agricultural residues; renewable fuel production from agriculture; electric cycle rickshaws; water purification; effluent treatment through the use of renewable energy and value-added products from farm produce. Dr. Rajvanshi is currently the Director and Hon. Secretary of Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) in Phaltan.
Dr. Rajvanshi did his B.Tech and M.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1972 and 1974 respectively. He went on to complete his PhD from University of Florida in 1979. After completing his PhD, he taught at University of Florida for two and a half years. He then came back to India and established Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) situated in Phaltan taluka in Maharashtra.
For his solar energy and rural development work, Dr. Rajvanshi has been inducted into the US based Solar Hall of Fame (1998). He has received the Jamnalal Bajaj Award in 2001, the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) award in 2002 and an Energy Globe Award in the AIR category in 2004. In 2009 he received the Globe Award for Sustainability Research and in 2014 he became the first Indian to receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award from University of Florida. In 2015 he has been listed as one of the notable alumni of IIT Kanpur.