Janak Palta McGilligan
Varun could not have asked for a better mentor. An Indian Padma Shri recipient social worker and the Founder-Director of Jimmy McGilligan Centre For Sustainable Development, an Indore-based non governmental organisation working for sustainable community development, Janak Palta McGillian is an idol like no other.
Despite the massive upheavals in health and losing her husband along the way, she has relentlessly transformed lives and the environment through her institution.
The center trains tribal women in the region in solar cooking, solar drying, and solar water heating; they then impart the knowledge to other women in their respective villages, thus encouraging the use of solar power and reducing the burning of wood in the kitchen.
Varun launched his first foldable solar tunnel dryer as an intern at the Jimmy McGilligan Centre for Sustainable Development.