Alok Sagar- ‘The tale of an Unsung Hero’

An IIT Prof who left comfort to serve tribals

Alok Sagar is an ex-IIT professor who left his comfortable life to serve the tribals in the southern state of Madhya Pradesh to make sure he gives back what the society needs from him. It might sound a little strange but the fact is that he is the one who once taught ex-RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan.

Sagar has been working in the Betul and Hoshangabad districts of Madhya Pradesh and assisting to save the environment and to this context he has been successful in planting more than 50,000 trees in Betul.

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His journey commenced back in the year 1982 at the time when he resigned as professor to move ahead in a journey of a social worker keeping in mind the fact that he wanted to contribute in the growth of the country and felt it was a better idea to work at the grassroots level.

Sagar lives in a remote village Kochamu along with 750 tribals that lacks both electricity and roads, and just has one primary school.

He opted to serve his land and began this difficult journey without worrying a bit about the degrees he had to his credit that could land him in comfortable and decent jobs.

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Sagar did his bachelor in electrical engineering from the prestigious IIT Delhi and got his masters degree from the institute in 1973 and went on to complete his PhD at Houston University in Texas, US.

He then returned back to India and became a professor at IIT Delhi and he taught various students including our former RBI Governor, Raghuram Rajan.