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Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Man behind Operation Flood in India

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The National Dairy Development Board in 1969 designed a Dairy Development Programme to lay the foundation for a viable self supportive national dairy industry. The programme was aimed to link rural milk production to urban milk marketing system. In July 1970, this programme was launched as Operation Flood with technical assistance from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).

Operation Flood has been a programme which made India the largest producer of milk in the world. This programme was a revolutionary progress in milk production and hence it started to be called as the “White Revolution”. Who was there behind this revolution? Well, the main architect of this successful project was Dr. Verghese Kurien who later came to be called as the “Father of White Revolution”.

Dr. Verghese Kurien became a legend in his life time for building a cooperative movement that transformed the lives of poor farmers while making India self reliant in milk production. He was born on November 26, 1921 in Kuzhikod in Kerala, India. He studied at Madras University for a Bachelor of Science in 1940.In 1943 he took Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering (Hons.) from there only. He further graduated from TISCO Jamshedpur in 1946.He took Master in Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University in 1948. He went for specialized training in dairying at National Dairy Research Institute, Bangalore. In his life time he received 17 doctorates from Universities in India and abroad. He remained Chancellor of University of Allahabad since April 17, 2006 and passed away on Sunday, 9thSeptember 2012 at the age of 90 in Nadiad due to serious health problems associated with his old age.

Besides remaining chancellor of the University of Allahabad, he had several other posts at the time of his death. He was a member of the Board of Trustees in the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Memorial Trust, New Delhi since 1986.He was a member of Advisory Committee of South Asian Network of Fermented Foods (SANFOODS) since 2004. Dr. Kurien was the founder chairman of the National Dairy Development Board from 1965 to 1998.He was chairman of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd. Anand from1983 to 2006. Further, he was the chairman of National Cooperative Dairy Federation of India Limited since 1986 to 1993, 1995 to 2000, 2003 to 2006.He also remained chairman of the Board of Governors, Institute of Rural Management, Anand since 1979 to 2006.

Key Words: Operation Flood, White Revolution, V.Kurien, Anand

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