The South Asian Times

24 June 2018 02:51 AM

Princeton University honors Bunker Roy

New Jersey: On June 6th, the Princeton University honoured Bunker Roy founder of the Barefoot College, Tilonia   Rajasthan with an honorary degree of Doctor of Law.

He is the first and only student in the history of the Doon School and St Stephens College Delhi University to have received this honor.

The last Indian to have been so recognized was Nani Palkivala when he was Indian Ambassador to the United States in 1978.

The citation reads: “His activism and ingenuity have transformed some of India’s poorest communities, bringing them not only innovation and prosperity, but security, empowerment, self-sufficiency and hope,” University orator, Sheryl WuDunn, said during the ceremony.
Roy, an Indian social activist and educator, founded the Barefoot College in 1972. Inspired by Gandhi and galvanized to respond to the 1967 famine in India, Roy moved to the villages in Rajasthan to help rural villagers. Over the past 30 years, some 3 million Indians have developed skills in teaching, medicine, engineering, sustainable energy and crafts through Barefoot College programs.

Update: 19 June, 2017