J. P. Naik, the founder of the Indian Institute of Education, has been placed by UNESCO in the honour roll of 100 World Educators. A reformer, scholar, unconventional administrator and passionate advocate of education, he established the Institute in Bombay in 1948 to help develop education in free India, as an instrument of social justice and equality. Having deeply felt poverty as a rural child, he strived for the education of the poor all his life.
Prof. Naik maintained an extremely simple lifestyle. He worked in several high positions in the education sector of Government of India, on a nominal salary of one rupee per month. He wrote innumerable well-researched articles, books and numerous reports of commissions and committees. He was Member Secretary of the Indian Education Commission (1964-1966) and the chief author of its insightful report. He was Educational Adviser to the Government of India. As the founder Member-Secretary of the Indian Council for Social Science Research, he gave new dimensions to the work of Indian social scientists. He helped establish NCERT and NIEPA. He was the chief author of UNESCO’s Karachi Plan and Addis Ababa Plan of universal primary education. Education for All and Health for All were his main concerns as basic for India’s development . He authored the policy defining report on ‘Health for All by the year 2000’, under the aegis of the ICSSR and Indian Council for Medical Research.