A resident of New Delhi, Alok Sagar, did his bachelor's in electrical engineering in the prestigious IIT Delhi and got his masters degree from the Institute in 1973. Before returning to become a professor at his alma mater, he went on to finish his Ph.D. at Houston University in Texas, US.
Nonetheless, it later dawned on him that he would have the ability to contribute better to the growth of the country and its people by working on the earth. So, in 1982, Sagar stepped down as professor and began working with the tribals in Betul and Hoshangabad districts, helping save the environment — one tree at a time.
He's put more than 50,000 trees in Betul district. And for the welfare of tribals, Sagar works in association with the Shramik Adivasi Sangathan. Today, he can be seen riding a bike, in-line with his endeavor that was green, accumulating and distributing seeds among tribals at a reasonable speed.
Over the more than three decades, the memory of his degrees faded, and no one would have ever known of the great mind in their midst had it not been for the election in the district’s Ghoradongari assembly constituency.
Unable to track his background, the Betul district government ordered him to leave, citing security reasons and developed distrustful of Sagar. It was just then that the former professor showed his qualifications that are enviable.
Unlike the baseless struggle over amounts of politicians, Sagar has set an instance of being a social worker that was true,” said an activist who works with Sagar, Anurag Modi.
During his time as a professor in the 1980s at IIT Delhi, he instructed the current governor of the Reserve Bank of India, Raghuram Rajan, but Sagar says he doesn’t need a degree to serve folks, just will power. “In India, people are facing numerous problems, but folks are busy demonstrating their cleverness by revealing their degrees than serving individuals he said.