Center for Rural Development and Technology

Strengthening our Villages for a new India

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

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As we complete 75 years of Indian independence in 2022; the centre aims to contribute to new India by technologically fortifying the nation through low cost, last mile, and futuristic technologies. There are many expectations from the Centre. As India is making a fast progress to become a developed nation, the key lies in doubling the income of farmers by 2022 for which we have to create allied activities and rural industries to fulfil this aspiration. Livelihood and employment opportunities can be created in rural areas by the intervention of science and technology in which rural development centres like ours play a major role. With the efforts of all in the institute, I strongly believe that we will be able to see our nation in better position in next five years in technology, education, health and employment opportunities and pave a way for reverse migration.

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scientific and technological advancements to the rural sector.

It is now well recognized that the status of ‘development’ of a nation does not depend solely on ‘economic growth’. Environmental and socio-cultural issues integrated with human values are important for sustainability.

The Centre for Rural Development and Technology (CRDT) was established in 1979 to function as a nodal centre to enable the benefits of S&T advancements to the rural sector and support such activities. It was an important experiment as not many technical institutions had attempted to establish a formal Rural Development Centre at that time. It is one of the twenty-three departments/Centre of IIT Delhi.









Cow Power

"यूँ ही नहीं कहते गाय के गोबर में लक्ष्मी का वास है"

Food wastage and its accumulation is imposing serious threats to our society like environmental pollution, health risk, and scarcity of dumping land. Anaerobic digestion approach is one of the most ecofriendly and promising solutions for food wastes management, energy and nutrient production. This video briefly describes how anaerobic digestion (AD) is a promising technology for treating organic waste for the production of biogas, which can be used as alternative fuel to liquid petroleum gas (LPG) in cooking applications

New revolution in Compressed Bogas (CBG)

Initiative is aimed at providing a “Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT)” as a developmental effort that would benefit both vehicle-users as well as farmers and entrepreneurs. Use of CBG will also help bring down dependency on crude oil imports and in realizing the Prime Minister’s vision of enhancing farmers’ income, rural employment and entrepreneurship. PSU Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) have invited Expression of Interest (EoI) from potential entrepreneurs to set up Compressed Bio-Gas (CBG) production plants and make available CBG in the market for use in automotive fuels. The EoI are available on the websites of the OMCs and can be filled from 1st October, 2018 to 31st March, 2019.



  • I commend CRDT, IITD for the significant contributions made for rural development by technology transfers, capacity building and regular interactions between rural population and academia.

    Dr. Vijay P. Bhatkar (Chancellor - Nalanda University)
  • I compliment CRDT for the great work they are doing, and I am confident that they will play a much bigger role in the years to come as the national coordinators of various Govt. of India initiatives such as Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA) etc.

    V. Ramgopal Rao (Director - IIT Delhi)