Prof Anil Kumar Gupta

Scholar | Exceptional Innovator | Faculty, IIM Ahmedabad and IIT Mumbai


Professor Anil Kumar Gupta, is globally renowned for his grassroots innovations and is also the founder of the Honey Bee Network while being a Professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Mr Gupta is a Coordinator of SRISTI (Society for Research and Initiative for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions). He has been an advisor on issues pertaining to innovation, environment, and sustainability to Fair Observer since 2011, an online magazine covering global issues.

He is working on the mission to expand the global as well as local space at grassroots and college level for innovations. Ideas in the informal and formal sector often ensure recognition, respect and reward for creative people. 

He believes in creating knowledge networks for augmenting innovations and unfolding creative potential of institutions and societies through innovations

Awards and Accomplishments

Awards and Accomplishments

He received the ‘Padma Shri National Award’ (management education) from Government of India (2004).

He won the ‘Science-in-Society Award’ from Indian Science Congress Association (2004).

He won the ‘Asian Innovation Award Gold’ from Far Eastern Economic Review (2000).

He won the ‘Pew Conservation Scholar Award’ from University of Michigan, USA.

Why Prof Anil Kumar Gupta ?

His book “Grassroots Innovation: Minds on the Margin are not Marginal Minds”, was  published in 2016. It is a reflection of his empirical research, carried out through the Shodh Yatras, on ingenious solutions and talks about the innovations by common individuals often targeting local problems faced by the community.

For twelve years, he has spent days walking approximately 6000 km across India in order to learn about the grassroots teachers as part of the Shodh Yatra which is one of the most popular courses taught in IIM-Ahmedabad. 

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