Dr V M Chariar
Centre for Rural Development and Technology • Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
My Continuing Adventures

Compassion and Equity were fundamental principles that I grew up with. It was during my first Master's Degree that the journeys in the Western Ghats exposed me to the immense diversity, beauty and wonder that is the natural world. These journeys gave me the experience of natural abundance and amazing interconnectedness. This took me to study of the Mahatma's life & work where one was touched by the unconditional respect for all living and non-living beings. I began to appreciate how rich it was to practice frugal living. During my doctoral research, I was drawn to the the concepts of just development, green activism and community knowledge. I began questioning the oppressive nature of reductionist thinking and fragmented ways of living. This resulted in deeper learning from amazing scholars who had spent decades in understanding tradition and interconnectedness. The simple yet profound works enabled me to always connect to the creative possibilities in existence and to the opportunities to always experience abundance. It has been and continues to be a joyous journey of learning and self-discovery !

Awards & Honors
  • Senior Sustainability Fellow, GIOS, Arizona State University, 2015-2020
  • PEER Science Awardee, National Academy of Sciences & USAID, 2013
  • Fulbright Visiting Professor, Arizona State University, USA, 2012
  • Teaching Excellence Award, IIT Delhi, 2011
  • KVIC Golden Jubilee Award for Rural Industrialization Innovations, 2007
  • Research Associate CSIR, Govt of India, 1998
  • Young Scientist Award, Forum of Scientists for Peace & Development, 1997
  • Senior Research Fellow CSIR, Govt of India, 1993

Professional Experience

  • Co-Founder, Joy is You, a Health & Wellness Company, 2019 - Present
  • Member, National Task Force Rural Housing, Ministry of Rural Development, 2014 - Present
  • Chairman, Ekam Eco Solutions, TBIU, IIT Delhi, 2013 - Present
  • Member, Global Phosphorous Research Network, Arizona State University, 2012 -Present
  • Member, Empowered Committee on Rural Housing, 2011
  • Member, Sectoral Innovation Council, Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation, 2010

Academic Positions

  • Professor, Centre for Rural Development and Technology (CRDT), IIT Delhi, 2017 - Present
  • Guest Faculty, Department of Design, Anant National University, '18 - '19
  • Guest Faculty, Department of Design, School of Planning & Architecture, '18 - '19
  • Associate Professor, CRDT, IIT Delhi, '10 - '17
  • Assistant Professor, CRDT, IIT Delhi, '05 - '10
  • Visiting Faculty, Department for Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Kharagpur, 2003 - 2005
  • Lecturer, Physics Group, BITS Pilani, 2002 - 2003


  • PhD, 1998, Experimental Solid State Physics, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
  • M.Tech., 1993, Solid State Materials, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
  • M.Sc., 1991, Physics, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
  • B.Sc., 1989, Physics, University of Bombay
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