Dr. Priyadarshini Karve
Symbiosis International University
School for Liberal Arts
Dr. Priyadarshini Karve is an avid environmentalist and inventor. After earning a Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Pune, Dr. Karve worked at the Appropriate Rural Technology Institute (ARTI) where she invented biomass-burning cooking devices to reduce dependence on firewood, various technologies for converting agricultural waste into ‘renewable’ charcoal, and an easy-to-use Samuchit Carbon Footprint Calculator. She has been honored by several national and international awards, including the World Technology Award 2005 (by World Technology Network, New York) and the Sahyadri Hirkani Award 2011 (by Mumbai Doordarshan, India).
In 2005, Dr. Priyadarshini Karve founded Samuchit Enviro Tech, a social enterprise focused on enabling individuals, households, institutions and small businesses to embrace sustainability in their daily activities. Samuchit Enviro Tech promotes the use of clean cooking technologies based on biomass fuels, solar energy devices, and upcycled products made from a variety of waste materials.
Dr. Karve teaches a course titled “Sustainability Studies” that takes a historical journey through the consequences of the 18th and 19th centuries, and explores ideas and approaches to create a more sustainable and equitable world. Dr. Karve aims to empower students with a rational and scientific approach to deal with developmental challenges in their professional and personal lives. By the end of the course, students are able to assess the sustainability of any path of development in any sector. The knowledge and skills learned in class will give students a competitive edge in an increasingly environment-conscious corporate world.