History and milestones


IRTC undertook the responsibility to transferring the lives of underprivileged and rural poor with the aid
of science and technology. The institution has cohesively and tirelessly worked towards the goal of
bridging the gap between science and Technology and the masses through our various activities that
have touched many facets of the social life in Kerala.


From its inception, IRTC has carried out a wide array of adaptive research and extension activities to
meet its goal and that of the People’s Science Movement.

The Beginning

IRTC was evolved from its activities as KSSP’s research wing in the 1980’s, and began its operation as an
institution in 1987 at Mundur, Palakkad. It was later registered as a not-for-profit society in 1995. IRTC is
a grant-in-aid institution of KSCSTE, Government of Kerala and was a core grant supported institution of
DST, Govt. of India. We also received supported from ICSSR, UGC, NABARD, Kerala State Planning Board
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
IRTC was borne out of a realization of the need to adopt the advances in science and technology to
improve the social and economic life of rural folk. Development of appropriate technologies and
promotion of rural technology was recognized as the vehicle for this purpose. The initial activities
included development of innovations like the energy efficient smokeless chulha, biogas plants,
watershed based programmes, etc. From these humble beginnings, IRTC has grown in size, scale and
scope, widening its horizons of operation according to the growing demands of the community.

Over the years, IRTC has forayed into a number of areas like- Solid Waste Management, Resource
Mapping, Geo Informatics and Remote Sensing, Watershed Based Development, Rural Engineering,
Chemical Analysis, Gender Studies, Rabbit rearing , Aquaculture, Ornamental Fisheries, Mushroom
Culture, Post-Harvest Technologies, Fruit Processing, Biomass Gasification, Planning & Development
Consultancy, Education Research, etc. and has introduced an array of innovations and products
including the energy-saving Hot Box, Electronic Ballast, Compact Fluorescent Lamps, Portable Domestic
Biogas Plants, Small Hydro Power Projects, Solar Driers, Mechanised Potter’s Wheel, Pug Mill, etc.
Our products, ideas and innovations, including the smokeless chulha, hotbox, small hydel projects,
grassroots planning initiatives, resource mapping, farmer-producer collectives, etc. have made an
impact on rural lives. IRTC is on a constant lookout to expand its operations as responses to the
demands of the society.


It has designed and implemented programmes and projects to further the stated objectives.

  • To adapt technologies known elsewhere into forms which will be readily acceptable to the society
  • To diffuse innovative practices and technologies and to develop a scientific culture among the masses
  • To work out local level development plans with a focus on the vulnerable population
  • To promote human resources and skill development
  • To develop innovative methods and technologies in education and mass communication
  • 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
  • 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
  • To undertake studies and consultancy services in the design, development and experimentation with respect to problems relating to agriculture and industry
  • To work in close collaboration with the Kerala Sastrasahitya Parishad with a view of making the results of the research and study of the Center available to Parishad and other similar organizations

Awards and Recognitions

  • Centre of excellence in Waste Management by Govt. of Kerala 2016-201
  • Best Exhibition stall under Non-Profits category, Kerala Science Congress- 2020
  • Kerala State Energy Conservation Award, 2019Kerala State Energy Conservation Award, 2019
  • Commendation for Mini Potter’s Wheel- Rural Innovators Meet, KSCSTE, 2015
  • Kerala State Energy Conservation Recommendation Certificate, 2012
  • Felicitation at the Ind Expo meet by Palakkad Management Association, 2011
  • Kerala Science Congress – Best Exhibition Stall, 2008
  • Swasraya Bharat – Best Display, 2007
  • Kerala State Energy Conservation Award, 1999
  • Recognition by Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign