New Delhi: The “Father of the White Revolution” in India, Dr. Verghese Kurien was a social entrepreneur whose ‘Billion Liter Idea’ Operation Flood turned dairy farming into the country’s largest self-sustaining industry. At present, the milk industry is the largest rural employment sector after agriculture, contributing one-third of all rural income. This doubled the amount of milk available to each person, quadrupled milk production in 30 years and made India the largest producer of milk in the world. Dr. Verghese Kurien’s birthday has been recognized as ‘National Milk Day’ in our country in 2014.
There is no doubt that Verghese Kurien’s Amul is doing a great job of reaching hundreds of people today. Our country has made remarkable progress in milk production all over the world and for this all credit goes to Dr. Verghese. Dr. Kurien invented a new technology and produced buffalo milk powder in 1955. It was he who for the first time in history made buffalo powder instead of cow powder.
Studied in Dairy Engineering
Verghese Kurien graduated in science from Loyla College, Chennai in 1940 and did G. Received an engineering degree from C. Engineering College. After working for some time at TISCO, Jamshedpur, Kurien was given a scholarship by the Government of India to study dairy engineering.
Verghese Kurien involved in milk production in this way
Verghese Kurien took over the work of a dairy named Kaira District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Limited (KDCMPUL) in 1949 to increase milk production in India. When Verghese Kurien took over the charge of this institution, there was a revolution in milk production. Subsequently, KDCMPUL cooperatives were formed. Considering the increase in milk production, the option of setting up a milk storage plant was chosen.
Thus Amul was chosen as the name
Kurien considered renaming KDCMPUL to be recognized globally. To accomplish this, he changed the name of KDCMPUL to Amul, which means “Precious”, on the suggestion of all the employees of his plant. More than 16 million milk producers in the country are now affiliated with big milk producers like Amul Plant. These milk producers work with around 1,85,903 dairy cooperatives in India to transport their milk to Amul. This is the reason why Amul’s products are now the most used in the country.
Milkman himself does not drink milk
An interesting and interesting thing related to the personal life of Kurien, who became the Milkman of India, is that the person who brought the ‘White Revolution’ in the country and known as ‘Milkman of India’ himself does not drink milk. He used to say, I don’t drink milk because I don’t like it.
Dr. Verghese Kurien has received this honor
The Government of India honored Dr. Verghese Kurien, the founder of Amul, with Padma Vibhushan, Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan. He also received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership, the Carnegie Watler World Peace Prize, and America’s International Person of the Year. Dr. Verghese Kurien, the father of the White Revolution, died on 9 September 2012, but India and its people will remember him for centuries.