Dr. Verghese Kurien
26 November 1921 @ Calicut
Then Madras Province, British India.
University of Madras,
Michigan State University.
an Indian engineer and renowned social
entrepreneur, best known as the "Father of the
Major Contribution- the world's largest dairy
development programwhich helped India
become the largest milk producing nation.
with about 17 percent of global output in 2010–
11, from being a milk-deficient economy, which
in 30 years doubled the milk available per person,
and which made dairy farming India’s largest
self-sustainable rural employment programme.
He founded around 30 institutions of excellence.
Notable are Anand Milk Union Limited (Amul),
Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation
(GCMMF), Institute of Rural Management,
His achievements with the Amul dairy led Prime
Minister, Lal Bahadur Shashtri to appoint him
founder-chairman of the
National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) in
1965, to replicate Amul's "Anand model"
After his master's degree, and was quickly deputed
to the Government of India's experimental
creamery, at Anand in Gujarat.
Was pursuaded to stay back at Anand
by Tribhuvandas Patel, his mentor and friend who
had brought together Kheda's farmers as a
cooperative union to process and sell their milk, a
pioneering concept at the time.
in 1965 Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, created
theNational Dairy Development Board (NDDB) to
replicate the program nationwide citing Kurien's
"extraordinary and dynamic leadership" upon
naming him chairman.
Kurien was mentioned by the Ashoka
Foundation as one of the eminent present Day
Played a key role in many other organizations,
ranging from chairing the Viksit Bharat
Foundation, a body set up by the President of
India, to chairman of the Board of Governors of
Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA).
Kurien's life story is chronicled in his memoir I
Too Had a Dream.
Film-maker Shyam Benegal, then an advertising
executive who used to write the copy for Amul's
brand, would be so inspired by Kurien while on tours
with him, that he conceived a movie with actors
enacting the story of Kurien's work,
called Manthan (the churning of the 'milk ocean').
Not able to finance it, Benegal was helped by Kurien
who hit upon an idea of getting each of his half a
million farmers to contribute a token two rupees for
the making of the movie.
It was critically acclaimed and went on to win
national awards in 1976-77.