Dr V M Chariar
Centre for Rural Development and Technology • Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
How Can We Partner with Rural Communities to Build an Abundant and Aesthetic World?

Rural India has abundant natural resources and immense vernacular knowledge. The time-tested Knowledge of our Rural People – Farmers, Artisans, Forest Dwellers and Women is a great intangible wealth which ought to be used to progress towards a humane and ecological world. In implementing development programs of sanitation, housing, well-being & livelihoods, there is immense value in a framework that respects inclusion, complementarity, natural abundance and aesthetics (सामाजिकता, परस्परता, समृद्धि, सौंदर्य दृष्टि). Such a framework promotes grassroots creativity, frugal innovation, sustainable design and interconnectedness.

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ABOUT 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
  • Young Scientist Award, Forum of Scientists for Peace & Development, 1997

Professional Experience

  • Co-Founder, JoyIsYou, 2019 - Present
  • Independent Director, Maganese Ore India Ltd, 2017-2020
  • Member, National Task Force Rural Housing, Ministry of Rural Development, 2014
  • Chairman, Ekam Eco Solutions, 2013 - Present
  • Member, Global Phosphorous Research Network, Arizona State University, 2012 - 2017
  • 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, 2018 - 2019
  • Guest Faculty, Department of Design, School of Planning & Architecture, 2018 - 2019
  • Associate Professor, CRDT, IIT Delhi, 2010 - 2017
  • Fulbright Visiting Faculty, Arizona State University, USA 2012-2013
  • Assistant Professor, CRDT, IIT Delhi, 2005 - 2010
  • Assistant Professor, Department for Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Kharagpur, 2003 - 2005
  • Lecturer, Physics Group, BITS Pilani, 2002 - 2003
  • Research Associate, NISTADS, New Delhi 1998-2000

Education

  • 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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Dr. Chariar suggests Sanitation in India as an opportunity to unleash disruptive technology at UNDP’s Social Good Summit 2014.

Dr. Chariar speaks about his Fulbright experience with the United States India Educational Foundation (USIEF)

ACADEMIC CONTRIBUTIONS
ECOLOGICAL SANITATION: PRACTITIONER’S HANDBOOK

S Ramesh Sakthivel and V M Chariar, Ministry of Rural Development,
2011

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PATENT: A DEVICE FOR ECOLOGICAL SANITATION OF TOILETS

V M Chariar
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
2010

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RECOVERY OF PHOSPHOROUS FROM STORED URINE USING

S. Ramesh Sakthivel, Md Azizur Rahman, V. Ganesh Prabhu, V M Chariar
2020

PUBLICATIONS
BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS FOR SUSTAINABILITY SOLUTIONS

Indo US Roundtable with Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiative
October 2015

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