Founder and Director
Sanjit 'Bunker' Roy established the only fully solar electrified Barefoot College in Rajasthan in India 40 years ago. It is the only College in India built and managed by the rural poor who earn less than $ 1/day. Almost the only College left in India that respects and practices the work style and life style of Mahatma Gandhi. It is a College where the teacher is the learner and the learner the teacher. It is the only College in India where traditional knowledge and practical skills of the poor are given more importance and priority than paper degrees or qualifications. Prof. Roy is a great believer in Mark Twain who said, “Never Let School Interfere with your Education.”
In 20 years the Barefoot approach has been implemented in over 30 of the Least Developed Countries, a total of 36,000 houses in 1,024 villages have been solar electrified by nearly 300 illiterate rural grandmothers.
Bunker Roy was identified as one of the 50 environmentalists who could save the planet by The Guardian in 2008 and as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2010.
The barefoot approach provides an answer to a major challenge; tackling Global Climate Change from the community level. Through its programs in Solar electrification, Rainwater Harvesting, solar electrified children’s night school programs and more than 2 other “Barefoot Professional” training disciplines it seeks to respect the wisdom and competence of rural communities, fostering independence and self sufficiency in the Least developed Countries.