IRTC at a Glance
The core of IRTC's mission is to bridge the gap between Science & Technology and the masses, with a special focus on the least privileged. We have cohesively and tirelessly worked towards this goal through our various activities that have touched many a facets of the social life in Kerala. Beginning with its activities as KSSP’s research wing in the 1980’s, IRTC was registered as a not-for-profit society in 1995.
A grant-in-id institution of DST< Govt. of India, we are also supported by KSCSTE, Govt. of Kerala, ICSSR, UGC, NABARD, and various government departments and undertakings. We also function as an accredited training centre of KILA, IKM, MPEDA, etc. and also as a Project Facilitation Agency for various government undertakings.
Our products, ideas and innovations including the Hotbox, smokeless chulha, small hydro projects, grassroots planning initiatives, resource mapping, farmer-producer collectives etc. have made an impact on the lives of people in various ways, making Kerala a better place to live.
Mission and Objectives
IRTC was established with a core objective of harnessing Science & Technology to enrich rural lives. It has designed and implemented programmes and projects to further the stated objectives.
1. To adapt technologies known elsewhere into forms which will be readily acceptable to the society
2. To diffuse innovative practices and technologies and to develop a scientific culture among the masses
3. To work out local level development plans
4. To take new technologies out of our R&D institutions for field trials
5. To identify and promote local inventiveness
6. To develop integrated S&T packages and management models for strengthening local economies
7. To promote human resources and skill development
8. To develop innovative methods and technologies in education and mass communication
9. To establish centres for research and training in allied disciplines and to seek recognition or affiliation from Universities, Governments and other bodies
10. To institute awards and prizes to Young Scientists, Research Scholars, Students and Rural Innovators for their outstanding proficiency
11. To arrange facilities for research in Science, Technology, Rural Development, Rural Management, Environment and any allied discipline and to award scholarships and institute fellowships
12. To organize, establish and run courses in Science, Technology, Rural Development, Rural Management and allied subjects and also to award Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates and to seek recognition from Universities, Governments, other bodies and organizations for the courses offered by the centre
13. To organize and maintain libraries and to undertake the documentation of important developments in Science and Technology
14. To publish research papers, treatises, books, periodicals and monographs
15. To conduct lectures, seminars, short term courses, refresher courses and symposia and organize study groups, workshops, in-service training in the field relating to Science, Technology and allied subjects
16. To undertake studies and consultancy services in design, development and experimentation with respect to problems relating to agriculture and industry
17. To function as a non-profit sharing organization
18. To work in close collaboration with the Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad with a view to making the results of the research and study of the centre available to parishad and similar other organizations
19. To undertake any other activities as may be necessary for the realization of the above said objectives
Major Research Areas
IRTC has taken up a number of research projects in areas like Wood Burning Stoves, Energy Conservation & Management, Non-conventional Energy Sources like Small Hydel Investigations and Biomass gasification, Solid Waste Management, Low-cost Construction Techniques, Land & Water Management, Panchayath Resource Mapping, Local Area Planning, Education, Women and Technology issues and Income Generating Activities for Rural Women, like rabbitry, mushroom culture, spawn production, aquaculture, ornamental fish culture and fish seed production. IRTC has collaborated with various institutions like Engineering Colleges, Polytechnics, R&D Institutes, Universities, Industry and NGOs in the implementation of these programmes. The vast network of KSSP, with over 3,000 units and 50,000 members, has been fully utilised in this effort.
Major Area of Involvement
IRTC has taken up a number of research projects in areas like Wood Burning Stoves, Energy Conservation & Management, Small Hydel Investigations, Electronic Ballasts, Pump as Turbine, Solid Waste Management, Bio-methanation, Low-cost Construction Techniques, Land & Water Management, Sustainable Farming Practices, Panchayat Resource Mapping, Local Area Planning, Income Generating Activities for Rural Women, like rabbitry, mushroom culture, spawn production, aquaculture, fish seed production, and Education.
IRTC has collaborated with various institutions like Engineering Colleges, Polytechnics, R&D Institutes, Universities, Industry and NGOs in the implementation of these programmes. The vast network of KSSP, with over 3,000 units and 50,000 members, has been fully utilised in this effort.