Shri Anil Bordia, an eminent educationist and former Education Secretary of Government of India, is the founder of Foundation for Education and Development (FED). In his tenure as Union Education Secretary, he got the opportunity to formulate and implement the new education policy; which made a clear shift in priority to basic education and adult literacy.
Shri Bordia was responsible for initiating primary education projects for Rajasthan and several other states. The highly lauded Shiksha Karmi and Lok Jumbish projects were his brain child. In 2001, he started an innovative, community based project, called Doosra Dashak (literally, the second decade), which aimed at holistic education and development of adolescents in the 11-20 age group. For the next 11 years he was instrumental in successfully implementing the Doosra Dashak model of education in the remote rural areas of Rajasthan, bringing thousands of marginalized adolescents into the mainstream of education and social life. The pioneering work done by Doosra Dashak has inspired many organizations from other states including Jharkhand, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh to take up similar work in their respective areas as well.
In the year 1996 and 2010, Shri Bordia was elected Fellow of UNESCO’s Asia-Pacific Centre of Educational Innovation for Development, Bangkok. Later, in 1999, UNESCO awarded him the prestigious Avicenna Gold Medal for exceptional contribution to educational development. Shri Bordia was conferred with ‘Padma Bhushan’ by the President of India in recognition of his contribution to the field of education.