Janak Palta McGilligan is a Padma Shree Awardee and Director the of Jimmy McGilligan Centre for Sustainable Development.
Dr. Mrs. Janak Palta McGilligan is also Co-founder of Jaivik Setu, the National Coordinator for the Solar Food Processing Network India. The Jimmy McGilligan Centre for Sustainable Development has trained more than 40,000 students in sustainable development. She was the Director of the Barli Development Institute for Rural Women Indore from 1985 to 2011, which trained more than 6000 tribal girls and young women from 500 villages of India in solar cooking, food processing, and installed 500 SK 14 solar cookers in Indian villages.
In her lifetime spent mentoring tribal girls, Dr. McGilligan understood the impact of good training. She helped SCI staff organize the 6th SCI World Conference 2017, where hundreds of people from around the world collaborated on solar cooking work on a grand scale. Dr. McGilligan's innovations expanded to a solar tea stall. There are millions of tea stalls across India. Using clean, sustainable solar energy for power to make tea creates enterprise opportunities and reduces air pollution.
Dr. McGilligan joined the SCI UN advocacy team to advocate to government leaders for environmentally friendly, clean, sustainable solutions including solar cooking. Dr. McGilligan is a leading example of the impact one woman can have when one believes in a cause and takes action.