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    Jayant Patil was born in Bordi, Maharashtra in March 1927. Hearned M. Sc. (Agriculture) Degree from University of Poona Under Fulbright Programme he went to United States and obtained M.S. Degree from Kansas State University. The Konkan Agriculture University conferred Doctor of Science on him. After his higher education in India and U.S.A. he chose to spend most of his working life of over 40 years in remote areas of Thane District working with the tribals who constitute weakest section of society in India.. Hunger, malnutrition and under employment were the main problems of these tribals. Dr. Patil developed appropriate technologies for sustainable development. He has developed social approaches for transfer of these technologies. The utilization of these technologies have brought about food security and employment generation among the tribals. Dr. Patil had visited several countries to study agriculture and rural development. He tried to introduce various agricultural technologies suitable under Indian conditions. Dr. Patil received Jamnalal Bajaj Award in 1979 for application of Science and Technology for Rural Development. The Government of India appointed him to the prestigious post of Member, Planning Commission in charge of Agriculture Rural Development, Irrigation, Panchayati Raj and Cooperation in August 1991.

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