Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology Allahabad.
He is recognised for his leadership in bringing professionalism to the non-governmental organization movement in India. He co-founded a non-profit organisation, Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN), of which he was the Executive Director till 2007. He was awarded the 2009 Magsaysay award for Community Leadership for his work for "development of rural communities".
He is also a recipient of the civilian honour of Padma Shri.
He received his early education at the local primary school, and later he took his engineering degree from Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad and also holds a masters engineering degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and another on management from Sloan School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Returning to India, Deep Joshi worked with the Systems Research Institute, and as a programme officer with the Ford Foundation in India. In the coming decades he worked in the field of rural development and livelihood promotion.
In 1983, he co-founded a non-profit organisation, Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN), that recruits college graduates to do community work, which recruits university-educated youth from campuses across India and trains them for grassroots work. Pradan was jointly awarded non-governmental organization of the Year 2006 at the first ever India non-governmental organization Award event.
PRADAN is involved in building self-help groups, developing land and water resource, natural resource management, forest-based livelihood, horticulture and agriculture.
Pradan formed its first SHG in Alwar, Rajasthan, in 1987. He was chosen as the Chairman of the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) in October 2012, succeeding Doctor Yoginder K Alagh. "Civil society needs to have both head and heart.
If all you have is bleeding hearts, it wouldn"t work.
If you only have heads, then you are going to dictate solutions which do not touch the human chord.".
Quotations: "Civil society needs to have both head and heart. If all you have is bleeding hearts, it wouldn"t work. If you only have heads, then you are going to dictate solutions which do not touch the human chord.".
He also advises the Government of India on poverty alleviation strategies and also was a member of the Working Group on Rainfed Areas for the Eleventh Five Year Planning Commission, Government of India.