To strengthen rural India by developing and disseminating technologies to address the challenges through appropriate technology development, capacity enhancement and last mile connectivity.
To involve higher research base for rural technology development and to strengthen rural communities through technological interventions for enabling sustainable livelihood, quality life and healthy environment.
This Centre for Rural Development and Applied Technology is committed for continuous application of state-of-the-art scientific knowledge to further the development of rural population through technology development. Traditional Indian practices and technologies have been based on co-development of ecology and environment and are increasingly being seen to be frugal and high on measures of sustainability. However, even good principles need continuous practice upgrade based on the current knowledge. It is thus important to deploy best known methods for development of technologies in the local context, which includes optimum utilisation of local resources and materials. I see this as the technology principle advocated by Mahatma Gandhi, in his concept now known as “Gram Swaraj”. I personally admire, embrace and participate in technology and concept development which directly germinate frugal technologies for needs of rural India. In the subcontinent that is India, there is tremendous local diversity across the rural sector. I hence call for a trans-disciplinarity (transient + disciplinarity) approach and ask capable and committed researchers to continuously upgrade their skill set and change focus from time to time to find appropriate solutions for diverse rural needs of India.