Science and Technology Ministry launched CSIR Technologies for Rural Development

The Union Minister of Science and Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan launched the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Technologies for rural development on September 30, 2020.

Key Points

  • It is a joint initiative of IIT-Delhi, CSIR, Unnat Bharat Abhiyan and Vijnana Bharti (VIBHA).
  • The initiative was launched on the occasion of 40th foundation day of CSIR- National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTAD)
  • On the occasion, the Minister launched the under stated technologies:
    1. Improved Beehive quality and hygiene extraction of honey which was developed by CSIR Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology.
    2. Manufacturing Ginger paste which was developed by the Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore.
    3. Dehumified drier for food and agri products and agricultural waste -that includes fruit peels, sugarcane bagasse, wheat bran- based biodegradable plates, cutleries and cups.  It was developed by the National Institute for Inter disciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST), Thiruvanathapuram.

Unnat Bharat Abhiyan

Unnat Bharat Abhyan programme was launched by the Ministry of Education. It aims to link the higher education institutions with at least five villages in the countries. Thus, villages can contribute to social and economic betterment of the communities in the village. The programme has been launched with an objective to engage students and faculties of higher education institutions to identify problems that rural areas face and to find sustainable solutions for it. The Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 1.0 was launched in 2018. Currently, Government of India is implementing Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0. The programme have now 45 regional coordinating institutions and 2,614 participating institutions. As per a report, around 13,760 villages have been adopted under the programme till date.