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Dr. Ankur Pare: Inspirational journey from a farmer’s son to an environmentalist and educationist

Many acknowledge him as an eminent sociologist and change-maker, someone who is deeply involved in changing the face of rural India, but very few know Dr. Ankur Pare’s journey to reach here is full of struggles and is indeed inspirational.

The man who is behind numerous social causes to help in the upliftment of the most backward section of society has himself struggled to get the proper education. Dr. Pare was born in Dulia village in Harda district of Madhya Pradesh. His initial education was done in the village school, but no-one was actually concerned about his education not only due to lack of awareness but also internal family matters.

His schools were changed frequently from village to town and back, which made it difficult to adjust to the environment of new school every time and focus on studies, but he managed it due to his passion for education. At a very young age, he knew that education was his tool to fight all the struggles of life.

After completing his school education, he did graduation in the Humanities stream and Post-Graduation in Sociology. It was the fusion of his background and education that brought him closer to numerous social causes that act as termites for society. He went on to do M.Phil. and then a Doctorate in Sociology under the guidance of renowned sociologist Dr. Asha Singh from Barkatullah University Bhopal. He has also done Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship Program from the prestigious ICSSR, Ministry of Human Resource and Development.

His keenness for detailed research on the subjects related to social and environmental concerns is impeccable. He has presented several research papers related to Environmental Impact Assessment and Social Impact Assessment on national and international platforms. His work throws light on the impact of development on displaced families. He has been awarded by prestigious Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Seva Yojna Award by the Government of India and the Madhya Pradesh Rajya Star Rashtriya Seva Yojna Award by the Government of Madhya Pradesh.

Dr. Pare has worked dedicatedly on sustainable development. He firmly believes that development is essential, but its pace and depth should be as per the sustainability of the environment as well as society. Apart from being an educationist and social reformer, Dr. Pare is a prolific author as well. 

His book ‘Sociological studies of Displaced Families’ is one of the best-written pieces of literature on the ground realities of displaced families due to industrialization and urbanization.

Dr. Ankur Pare is a man rooted in cultural values and education. He has been contributing to the causes like water conservation, girl child education, farmers’ upliftment, rural education, and many other issues continuously. His mission is to strengthen India in the social-economical and political sphere and help in removing discrepancies and help in making India a ‘Vishva Guru ‘. His contributions to society as the educationist sociologist and change-maker are worth knowing.

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