Dr Debkumari Bachaspatimayum
Dr. Bachaspatimayum Debkumari, an environment enthusiast was born and brought up in Imphal, Manipur. A Scientist turned Social Entrepreneur, she pursued her MSc in Biosciences (Gold Medalist) and PhD from Department of Biosciences, Barkatullah University, Bhopal. She also got the opportunity to carry forth her research work in the prestigious Centre for Plant and Molecular Genetics, Department of Bioscience Engineering, KU Leuven, Belgium as a Specialization Researcher backed by scholarship from Ministry of HRD, India and Flemish Community, Brussels, Europe and also worked as Research Associate in the same University. With more than a decade of experience in the field of biosciences with recognition and awards for her research work and having worked in diverse organisms like Cyanobacteria, Rhizobium which are alternative sources for biofuels, biofertilizers etc. she proved herself to be an excellent researcher, and extend her already proven competence not only in academia but beyond.
Debkumari feels that her skills and knowledge could be utilized to preserve and nurture Mother Nature besides aiding in employment generation esp. amongst youth by working in the area of developing green technology, sustainable livelihood through biodiversity conservation, large scale plantation of indigenous medicinal and aromatic plants, Climate Change Awareness activities etc. which will in turn help in reducing global warming and carbon print. With this vision, she founded MIDAS TOUCH in 2009. She has worked as a Research Scientist in Amity University, Noida, Scientific Liaison Officer at Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, Faridabad, An Autonomous Institute of Department of Biotechnology, Government of India until she decided to shift the entire focus on Midas Touch in 2014.
The economy of Manipur, North East India is characterized by a high rate of unemployment and poverty, insurgency problems, low capital formation, inadequate infrastructural facilities, geographical isolation, communication bottlenecks and practically no industrialization. And it is alleged that every government job has a price tag. Issues of land selling to buy a government job is a common phenomenon but however there is no report or evidence so far. She strongly feels the need to address the issue of unemployment and believes that her organization will prove to be an asset of Manipur. She would be working towards building a Herbal Extraction Unit with a Quality Control Laboratory as a part of her dream project which she has named it as 360ᴼ Sustainable Method – A method which uses technology and innovation as a part of inclusive societal development with strong emphasis to grass root level and marginal farmers (base of the pyramid).