Girish Sant – an Obituary

(January 23, 1966 to February 2, 2012)

Girish Sant was born in Thane in 1966. He was an alumnus of IIT, Bombay. Girish did his B.Tech. in Chemical Engingeering in 1986. While doing B.Tech. Girish became interested in energy issues and did his M.Tech. in Energy Systems Engineering in 1988. After his Master degree Girish moved to Pune and worked in the field of industrial and agricultural energy efficiency, evaluation of renewable energy technologies, and research on energy impacts of urbanisation. In 1990 he co-founded Prayas a non-profit organization based in Pune. He was the Coordinator and the driving force of Prayas Energy Group (PEG).

Girish was a member of the ‘Advisory Committee’ of Central Electricity Regulatory Commissions for last consecutive seven years. He was a member of the Planning Commission’s ‘Working Group on Power’ for preparation of the 11th5-Year plan and a member of the Expert Group on ‘Low Carbon Strategy for Inclusive Growth’.

Girish had been a member of several government and Supreme Court committees including Committee of Government of Maharashtra to evaluate Benefit: Cost of Sardar Sarovar Project, Supreme Court Committee to investigate the benefits of Energy generation projects from Municipal Solid Waste, Expert group to advice the Planning commission for the Interim review of 10th Plan.

Girish’s work comprised of analysis based advocacy, training, inputs in regulatory and policy process to further public interest in electricity sector. He had participated in several international projects such as development and implementation of tool kit to assess governance in the power sector, assessing role of World Bank, techno-economic evaluation of projects, and training of NGOs. Girish had also worked on renewable energy scenarios, integrated resource planning, agricultural energy efficiency, and performance of renewable energy systems.

Lately Girish did studies on global warming and was involved in the international negotiations on global warming. He had participated in the international conferences on global warming in Copenhagen, Cancun and Durban on behalf of India.

Girish Sant was a warm human being and a very committed person. From the beginning he was interested in social and developmental issues. He was associated with the Narmada Bachao Andolan in the initial years. As a founder member of Prayas he brought together like-minded individuals and did very important and highly recognized work in the field of energy, power and equitable development.

Girish died of a heart attack on Feb 2, 2012 at the young age of 44 years while on an official visit to Delhi. He was a Bachelor. He is survived by his parents and sister and his close friends Dr. Vinayak and Dr. Sanjivani Kulkarni.

Girish’s demise has saddened all those who knew him personally and professionally. Girish’s death is a great loss to his family, friends, and  colleagues .


IIT Seminar on Privacy

Privacy Matters: Analyzing the “Right to Privacy Bill”

Privacy India, and in partnership with the Centre for Internet & Society, International Development Research Centre, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, the Godrej Culture Lab and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, is organizing “Privacy Matters” a public conference focused on discussing the challenges and concerns to privacy in India.

Address of venue

Indian Institute of Technology
79, 2nd Main Road, Gandhinagar Powai, 400076, Mumbai

Event dates and times

Saturday, January 21st, 2012, from 10:00 am – 6:00pm

Event prices

Open & Free to the public.

Nearest train station and bus stop

Kanjur Marg (West) station or Vikhroli (West) station and then take the IITB bus
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Contact Details

Natasha Vaz


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