Former IIT Professor on a Fast unto Death for Ganga

80-year-old Professor GD Agrawal formerly served as the head the department of civil and environmental engineering at IIT-Kanpur. Hailing from a farming family in Kandhla, Muzaffarnagar district, Uttar Pradesh; he completed his primary and secondary schools from local schools and graduated in Civil Engineering from the University of Roorkee, which is now IIT Roorkee. It was with the Uttar Pradesh state Irrigation Department where he began his professional career. Later, he earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from theUniversity of California at Berkeley.

Raised to be deeply religious and educated to be rigorously scientific, GD Agrawal embraced sanyasa and was known Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand ever since.  His campaign is spear-headed by the Ganga Sewa Abhiyanam, an organization fighting to preserve the heritage of Ganga, has listed out three major grouses, which are damming of the Ganga at regular intervals, which leads to a tardy flow, diverting more than 90 percent of the river water to canals and towns on the banks of the river dumping their waste into the Ganga.

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