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Sanjit ‘Bunker’ Roy

Sanjit ‘Bunker’ Roy

Founder, Barefoot College

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Despite having been educated at some of India’s most elite institutions, Bunker Roy claims his “real” education started when he dug open wells for drinking water as an unskilled labourer for 5 years.

A social activist and educator, Sanjit ‘Bunker’ Roy founded the Barefoot College, in the village of Tilonia in Rajasthan, India to provide basic services and solutions in rural communities with the objective of making them self-sufficient. These “barefoot solutions” can be broadly categorised into solar energy, water, education, health care, rural handicrafts, people’s action, communication, women’s empowerment and wasteland development.

Development projects the world over run into one crucial point: For a project to live on, it needs to be organic, owned and sustained by those it serves. Bunker’s organisation has successfully trained grandmothers from Africa and the Himalayan region to be solar engineers so they can bring electricity to their remote villages.

As he says, Barefoot College is “a place of learning and unlearning: where the teacher is the learner and the learner is the teacher.”

His inspirational talk is as informative as it is entertaining – Bunker is witty, warm and compassionate. In addition to numerous awards and accolades, he was one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential personalities for 2010.

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Bunker’s humorous and uplifting session focuses on innovation, rural empowerment, and the infinite potential of the human spirit.