Jimmy McGilligan Centre’s Janak Palta McGilligan is awarded as Green Heros of India 2017
On April 25, 2017 , “Green Hero” honour was conferred at Hyatt Regency Hotel, Sahar Airport Road, Mumbai)by Abhishek Bachchan (Bollywood Film Actor and Producer) , Thomas L. Vajda, U.S. Consul General (on my right),Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General TERI ( Second from left) , Shyam Benegal ( Jury Filmmaker & New Cinema Pioneer ) Dr Annapurna Vancheswaran Senior Director, TERI (not in this photo). Janak Palta McGilligan is the only women from Madhya Pradesh out of total 20 selected from 5 states of India.
‘TERI is proud to honour MS Janak Palta McGilligan as a Green Hero for her inspiring work in the field of Solar Cooking and Sustainable life styles in Indore.
Janak and her late husband Mr Jimmy McGilligan pioneered Solar Cooking in India during mid- eighties. Together they trained thousands of tribal girls to use solar cookers and relieved them from inhaling toxic smoke from biomass based cooking. Today, Janak continues the ission by manufacturing, testing and disseminating a variety of technologies to take forward the solar cooking movement in India.”
Short Films were also made about them .Shortlisted films were screened and the winning filmmakers were also felicitated during the programme.