Dr Rajendra Hiremath has earned his doctorate on ‘An analytical study of the projects on build, operate & transfer (BOT) in respect of roads and bridges in Maharashtra’ and is known as pioneer of BOT projects in Maharashtra. He was presented a national award by president Pratibha Patil in New Delhi on December 3, 2010. After being an entrepreneur at an early age, he began a consultancy in finance and administration in 1995. He entered the renewable energy field with the brand name ‘Xiteej Urja’ in 2002. At the very beginning, he secured orders from the government of Goa to supply and install hybrid systems using wind and solar power. Already active in the development sector, he wants to devote his life fully towards a social cause in the future.