Janak Palta McGilligan
Born16 February 1948
Jalandhar, Punjab, India
OccupationSocial workers
Known forEmpowerment of rural and tribal women, sustainable development, solar energy and organic farming
SpouseJames McGilligan
Parent(s)Maya Rani Palta and Bishambar Dass Palta
AwardsPadam Shri, Rajmata Vijyaraje Sindhyia Social Service
Manav Seva Award
Sadbhavana Samman
Paryavaran Mitra Puraskar

Janak Palta McGilligan is an Indian Padma Shri recipient social worker and the founder-director of Jimmy McGilligan Centre For Sustainable Development, an Indore-based non governmental organisation working for sustainable community development.[1] She is also a former founder-director of Barli Development Institute for Rural Women.[1][2]


Janak Palta McGilligan, was born in a Punjabi family and grew up in Chandigarh.[3] She secured a master's degree (MA) in English literature, political science, Sangeet Visharad in Sitar, an MPhil in political science with distinction, and a Ph.D.[4] During and after her studies, she worked at various places such as the Provident Fund office, at the High Court and at the Centre for Rural and Industrial Development.[3] She married James McGilligan, an Irishman, and they served and developed Barli Development Institute for Rural Women as Baha'i pioneers.[3]

Barli Development Institute for Rural Women

Janak Palta was director of this institute for 26 years from the day of its establishment 1 June 1985 until she took retirement on 16 April 2011.

Janak Palta McGilligan is the founder-director of the board of directors of the Barli Development Institute For Rural Women and continues to serve as one of the directors of the board of the institute.

Jimmy McGilligan Centre For Sustainable Development

She has been serving as a director of the Jimmy McGilligan Centre For Sustainable Development.

Other institutions

She is a global advisor (member of the advisory board of Solar Cookers International in Sacramento, Cal. Co-founder of Jaivik Setu in Indore.

She is an honorary secretary of Sangini Cancer Care society Indore, dedicated to breast cancer patients since 2007.

Has been member of management board of Chitrakoot University. Has also been associated with UNICEF as resource person for the National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development[4] IIM Indore, IIT BHU, Prestige Institute of Management Indore, Indus World School, Choithram International School, Pragya Girls School, MGM Medical College, Indore Dental College and Hospital.



McGilligan has written a book on Barli Development Institute for Rural Women.[5] which has been published by GR Books in Oxford, London,


She has developed seven curriculum books:


See also


  1. ^ a b "Jimmy McGilligan Centre". Jimmy McGilligan Centre. 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Barli". Barli. 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Jugaad to Innovation". Jugaad to Innovation. 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Indus World School". Indus World School. 2015. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  5. ^ Janak Palta McGilligan (2012). Barli Development Institute for Rural Women. George Ronald. p. 200. ISBN 978-0853985587. ASIN 0853985588.
  6. ^ "Padma Awards". Padma Awards. 2015. Archived from the original on 28 January 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2015.

Further reading