Bunker Roy is a social designer and educator who founded the Barefoot College. He was selected as one of Time 100’s 100 most influential personalities in 2010 for his work in educating illiterate and semi literate rural Indians. Roy was awarded the Padma Shri in 1986.
His life journey and work at Barefoot College is inspirational for all specially in the context of India. With his abiding compassion for the rural poor in his native India, Sanjit “Bunker” Roy has nurtured a grass-roots social entrepreneurship that is redefining the way the world thinks about fighting poverty.
Roy’s Barefoot College has trained more than 3 million people for jobs in the modern world, in buildings so rudimentary they have dirt floors and no chairs. This bottom-up approach is designed to make poor students feel comfortable. The college’s “barefoot professionals” then return home to use their new skills — as solar engineers, teachers, midwives, weavers, architects, doctors and more. Source: Time Magazine Picture: TED