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Working for energy saving and clean environment

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His articles on energy economics and clean environment are highly appreciated internationally; he has invented innovative ways to teach his students, he also advocates the rights of disabled. He is Sajal Ghosh. For the last 20 years, he has been suffering from a rare progressive neurological disease and is confined in a wheelchair with more than 90% disability. But he is a fighter. He never let his disability to come in the way of his progress. Despite his deteriorating health and series of hospitalization, he completed M. Tech from Jadavpur University, M. Phil from IGIDR, Mumbai and Ph. D from Jadavpur University. He started his carrier at the confederation of Indian Industries (CII) in their energy department. His primary role was to provide research support to CII and to work closely with Central ministries and international organizations on the policy related issues pertaining to energy sector. In 2006 he shifted to academics. Presently, Sajal is working as an Associate Professor of Economics at Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon and his areas of interests are Energy Economics, Energy Modelling and Cleaner Technologies. Energy economics is a subject area which includes topics related to supply and use of energy in societies. While Energy Modelling and cleaner technologies deal with energy policy formulation and safer use of energy. He has published 36 research articles in international journals of repute. His work has been cited widely by his peers. Sajal has won MDIs Award of Excellence in Research in 2010, 2012 and 2014. He also reviews papers for international journals and writes occasionally for Economic Times and MINT. Despite his disability he tries to lead a normal life and never asks for any favour. He loves nature, music and poetry and wishes to go back to his ancestral village at the last phase of his life.

Sajal met Kakali at IGIDR, Mumbai in 1997. According to Sajal, that was the most terrible phase of his life. He was struggling with illness and managing finance to cover his hospital expenses. He was angry, depressed, cornered and humiliated. Sajal believes that he is still surviving because of love and care showered upon him by his wife Kakali even at the cost of compromising her own carrier. Kakali was also completed her Ph. D from IGIDR against all odds and working as an Associate Professor in another management institute after spending 12 years in corporate world. They got married in 2001 and currently live in Gurgaon with their son Sagnik.

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