Kurien was born on 26 November 1921 at Calicut, Madras Presidency (now Kozhikode, Kerala) into a Syrian Christian family. He did his schooling at Diamond Jubilee Higher Secondary School in Gobichettipalayam while his father worked as a civil surgeon at Gobichettipalayam Government Hospital. He graduated in Physics from Loyola College, Madras in 1940 and then obtained his Bachelors in Mechanical engineering from the College of Engineering, Guindy affiliated to University of Madras. After completing his degree, he joined the Tata Steel Technical Institute, Jamshedpur from where he graduated in 1946. Subsequently, he went to the United States on a Government of India scholarship to earn a Master of Science in Metallurgical Engineering from Michigan State University in 1948. n 1949, Kurien was deputed to the Government of India’s experimental creamery, at Anand in Gujarat and started the work assigned to him the very same day. Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru visited Anand to inaugurate Amul’s plant and embraced Kurien for his groundbreaking work. The Amul pattern of cooperatives became successful and in 1965 Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri tasked Kurien to replicate the program nationwide. The National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) was set up under the leadership of Kurien on condition that it will have to be headquartered in Anand. Kurien established Gujarat Co-operative Milk Manufacturers Federation (GCMMF) in 1973 to sell the combined produce of the dairies under a single Amul brand. Verghese Kurien died on 9 September 2012 after a brief spell of illness in Nadiad, near Anand at the age of 90.
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