Effective technology for rural development requires grassroots level work focusing on cost effective interventions in location specific problems covering a wide spectrum of problems.
The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), science movements, universities and institutes like IITs have already taken several initiatives in this matter. There have been some achievements but certainly much more needs to be done at both conceptual and technical level. India’s diverse rural landscape demands development of a variety of innovation models keeping in view the requirements of the local area.
The Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, by virtue of its geographical location coupled with its extensive technological infrastructure, is ideally positioned for location specific and need based technological interventions for rural development.