he came back to India, he was posted as a dairy engineer at
the government creamery, Anand, in May 1949. Around the same
time, the infant cooperative dairy, Kaira District Cooperative
Milk Producers' Union Limited (KDCMPUL), -- now famous as
Amul -- was fighting a battle with the Polson Dairy, which
was privately owned. Young Kurien, fed up with being at the
government creamery, which held no challenge, volunteered
to help Shri Tribhuvandas Patel, the Chairman of KDCMPUL,
to set up a processing plant. This marked the birth of AMUL.
Dr. Kurien has since then built this organization into one
of the largest and most successful institutions in India.
The Amul pattern of cooperatives had been so successful, in
1965, then Prime Minister of India, Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri,
created the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) (NDDB)
to replicate the program on a nationwide basis citing Dr.
Kurien's "extraordinary and dynamic leadership"
upon naming him chairman.
also set up GCMMF (Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation)
in 1973 to sell the products produced by the dairies. Today
GCMMF sells AMUL brand products not only in India but also
Kurien, plays a key role in many other organizations, ranging
from chairing the Viksit Bharat Foundation, a body set up
by the President of India to chairman of the Institute of
Rural Management's Board of Governors in India.
For his contribution to the dairy industry, Dr. Kurien has
received top awards not only in India but also overseas.
Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership
Padma Bhushan (from president Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan)
Krishi Ratna Award (by the President of India)
Wateler Peace Prize Award (of Carnegie Foundation )
World Food Prize Laureate
International Person of the Year (by the World
Dairy Expo, Madison, Wisconsin, USA)
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