Professor Banwarilal Sharma, the mathematician and a Gandhian activist died on 26 September 2012 at Chandigarh. He served Allahabad University as former HOD of Mathematics department. Prof. Banwarilal Sharma also served International Council of Mathematicians in developing countries for 6 years in between 1986 to 1992, as its chairman. He was trained under Prof Henri Cartan to obtain DSc degree at University of Paris.
Banwari Lal Sharma was a convenor of the movement named Azadi Bachao Andolan that was led as peoples’ movement in different part of the nation against nuclear energy. The main aim of the andolan was to seek control of environment and its resources in the hands of local people. He also was a member of the movement in Orissa against Posco Steel as well as the spread of the multinational soft-drinks in the nation. He was one of the founding members of National Alliance of Peoples Movement as well as Swaraj Vidyapeeth at Allahabad. The Vidyapeeth worked with a focus of Jagrit Samaj promoting a new pedagogy.