A degree in engineering from IIT Delhi, a Masters degree, and a Ph.D. from Houston, USA. Not only this but has also taught RBI’s former governor Raghuram Rajan. He is ex-IIT professor Alok Sagar. Alok has been living for 32 years in the remote tribal villages of Madhya Pradesh and serving the people living there.
But why leaving all the luxuries behind he is living a life of poor?
Alok was born on January 20, 1950. He did electronic engineering from IIT Delhi. He went to Houston in 1977 and took a degree in research. He did a number of things in the field of study and then back to India and became a professor in IIT. But suddenly he started feeling bored with his daily routine life. He found it bland and thought the aim of his presence on the Earth has lost somewhere. He left his job.
He is now living in a village of Madhya Pradesh from 33 years. He dresses like tribal people. There he is leading a life of simplicity. In the name of the property, he has only 3 Kurtas and one cycle.
fter resigning from his work, Alok started working for tribals in the Betul and Hoshangabad districts of Madhya Pradesh. He has been living in Kochamu, a remote village with 750 tribals, lacking both electricity and roads, and with just a primary school.
Alok has planted more than 50,000 trees in the region and believes that people can serve the country better by working at the grassroots level. Alok said,
“In India, people are facing so many problems, but people are busy proving their intelligence by showing their degrees rather than serving people.”
He spends his day collecting and distributing seeds among tribals. Alok can speak many languages and dialects used by tribals in the region. He spends most of his time working for the upliftment of tribals.
People sometimes don’t believe that he is exceptionally or highly educated. His story is truly inspirational especially in the world of today where the man only focuses on the sources of earning money.