This profile was prepared when Sudhirender Sharma was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1985.
The New Idea
While working at the Institute for Policy Study after graduating, he conducted a survey of the non-governmental organizations working in the Himalayan foothills. He identified a huge number of those organizations, roughly one every 25 kilometers, and gave a good deal of though to what would help make them more effective. With a group of friends he has founded his own organization to try to fill some of the gaps. Thus, Sharma intends to protect the Himalayan ecosystem by coordinating and aiding the non-governmental organizations working in the Himalayan foothills.