Biplab Bhushan Basu
Mr. Basu founded the Young Scientists Society in Calcutta in 1964, now called the School of Fundamental Research. The School has dedicated 28 years to spreading scientific and environmental awareness to the grassroot level by developing innovative environmental management programmes. The Natural Forest Revival Programmes have regenerated more than 7,000 hectares of natural forest by adding millions of tree saplings to and degraded forested areas. Over the last five years more than 3,000 hectares have been protected from soil erosion and more than 5,000 hectares of wasteland could be biologically reclaimed. Basu has conducted over 100 training camps for village youths and his school comprises 200 active eco-volunteers.