Dr. Verghese Kurien considered the father of the White Revolution, who gave a model of the cooperative milk industry to the country. With his thinking, he showed that if we trust on small farmer how can he change things. The famous ‘Milkman of India’, Dr. Verghese Kurien was born on November 26, 1921 in Kozhikode, a small village in Kerala. But, one of their positive thinking gave a revolution in the world in milk sector. He died on September 9, 2012, and now people are remembering his efforts and taking inspiration from his life. Now the Ekta Kapoor and director Shree Narayan Singh collectively to bring the real-life story, on the Milkman of India, Dr Verghese Kurien.
Kurien was the first person in the world to make powder from buffalo milk. Earlier, cow’s milk was used to make powder. Verghese Kurien, who was born in a simple family, wants to study Nuclear engineering. However, he studied engineering at Loyola College and Gindi College of Engineering. After this he started working in TISCO located at Jamshedpur. Meanwhile, the Government of India gave him the scholarship to study in dairy engineering. After taking training in Bangalore’s Imperial Institute of Animal Husbandry, Dr. Verghese went to America and received a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University. During this time, he showed special interest in his favourite subject, “Dairy Engineering”.
Varghese started Amul in a small garage in Anand, Gujarat after returning from the US. They tried to add dairy products and farmers together. He and Tribhuvan Bhai Patel, started the ‘Kheda District Cooperative Committee’. In this, they developed knowledge based on management. Dr. Kurien does not stop here, in 1946, he established a dairy subsidized union by connecting people of two villages.
In view of Amul’s success, the Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri formed the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) to spread the Amul model to other places and he made the Dr. Kurien as Chairman of this Board. Dr. Verghese Kurien was honoured with the prestigious Padma Shri award in the year 1965, Padma Bhushan in 1966, and also honoured by the Padma Vibushan award in 1999.