Our Founder

Born in December 7, 1959 at Nagpur, Sanjoy Ghose spent his childhood in Mumbai, Maharashtra. A sensitive child, he was disturbed by the inequities of Indian society from a very young age. This motivated him towards becoming a catalyst for social change.

Sanjoy’s father, Mr. Shankar Ghose, now President of the Governing Body of Charkha, recalls, “While still in school, he once spent two nights in a Bombay (presently Mumbai) slum in torrential rain just to get a feel of the real problems that plague slums.”
He adds, “When we were dissuading Sanjoy from going to terrorism-ridden Assam, he replied, ‘Then whose son will you send ?’”

His abduction in July 1997 by ULFA militants from Majuli, the world’s largest riverine island, has been an irreparable loss to the institution and the development sector at large.

Sanjoy’s achievements 

  • Graduate from Elphinstone College, Mumbai, with specialization in Rural Development

  • Post graduate degree in Rural Management from Institute of Rural Management (IRMA), Anand, Gujarat

  • M.Sc. in Agronomy (Agricultural Economics) from Oxford University, United Kingdom with an INLAKS Scholarship

  • Masters in Public Health, Johns Hopkins, USA as a Hubert Humphrey Fellow.

  • Assignment with The World Bank.

  • Founder Secretary and Trustee, URMUL Rural Health Research & Development Trust, Rajasthan

  • Founder General Secretary, Charkha Development Communications Network, New Delhi

  • Winner of the 1993 Sanskriti Award

  • General Secretary, Association of Voluntary Agencies in Rural Development (AVARD), New Delhi

  • Team leader, AVARD North East

  • Awarded All India Human Rights Association's Manav Shri Puraskar in the field of Journalism & Social Welfare, 1997-98.

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