about CRDT

Centre for Rural Development and Technology is one of renowned academic units of IIT Delhi. It came into existence in 1979 with the aim of becoming an outreach centre of IIT Delhi to address challenges faced by rural communities and to improve their quality of life. It has made significant contributions by developing and transferring technologies in areas including algal bioenergy, biomass technologies, biogas technologies, ecological sanitation, food quality and safety, sustainable agriculture, sustainable housing, value-added food products, water and waste management etc.

The Centre is supported by over 20 eminent faculty members, 6 post-doctoral researchers and over 100 research scholars who are highly committed towards holistic rural development. Faculty members and research teams at CRDT work in various areas for improving living conditions and generating livelihood through synergy of S&T interventions and Traditional Knowledge. The Centre has to its credit more than 300 high impact publications, reports and articles, 25 patents and 2 start-ups. CRDT offers open electives for all UG & PG students of the institute with an aspiration to provide the students an exposure to rural context and technological solutions. The centre is well equipped with state of the art research equipment.










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.