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  project name ~ AID Rural Technology Resource Centre

category ~ Rural Development and Environment




  Project Name


AID Rural Technology Resource Centre



AID India



Rural Development and Environment







  Budget Approved


$ 21000


  Year Approved







1   2   3   4   5   6  

  Chapter Coordinators


Venktesh Kalyanaraman












AID Rural Technology Center is aimed at assisting
the poorer communities of rural Orissa by working directly with them and assisting them in kind and low / no interest loans and skills training/enhancement. There are a great many technologies, designs, tools and techniques etc. that will greatly enhance the economic
stability of the rural poor, which primarily rely on artistic skills and agriculture for their existence. The technology center endeavours to avail and disseminate appropriate technologies, techniques etc. to the rural poor. The center would be esablished within the heart of the poorer rural communities (such as in the
neighbouring community of the Jagannath Institute of Technology and Management (JITM)) so as to enable the greatest number of beneficiaries to avail the facilities without the added pressure of having to enter into unfamiliar environments (urban / city) in order to avail assistance and training (as are the current

• Inter-locking block-making technology
• Organic farming
• Sewing and Embroidery
• Summer training camp
• Student participation
• NGO interaction
• JITM experience and proposal modification

Awareness programs and orientation camps cannot provide a means to a solution for the rural poor, this approach may work in urban India, but in rural India an appropriate approach has to be formulated to provide a familiar learning environment conducive to their rural village lifestyle. This is why we have opted to approach the problems faced by the rural poor through the establishment of an in-situ demonstration and training centre, providing accessible unrestricted information, techniques, training, technologies and advice to the rural poor of Orissa, and most importantly, a pathway to their empowerment & economic stability.





Recently a joint project has been inititated with Engineer Without Borders USA (EWB) in a secluded tribal district of Orissa to electrify an entire village on Bio-fuel technology. It will not only provide lighting to this un-electrified village but also enable a number of food and oil processing initiatives to evolve that will be run by women’s Self help Groups(SHGs). The collection of the non-edible oil seed will be undertaken by local women’s groups, who will in turn ensure protection of their local forests from logging and establish nurseries and plantings of the seed trees.





Some of the goals of the technology center are as follows: 1) The primary goal of the technology center is to empower the rural youth by bringing in economic stability in their lives. This can be achieved by training them with different skills so they can use these skills for income generation. 2) As mentioned above, the different livelihood training programs to be imparted include the areas like - Bamboo and Cane (Furniture, Domes, roofing, water tanks and harvesting structures, beams, vermi and compost posts) - Tractor Driving/Repair/Maintenance (Diesel maintenance and repair, hydraulics, bio-fuel adaptation, driving, implements attachment and use) -Appropriate building techniques (Ferro cement, interlocking blocks, paving blocks, titl slab, panels, roofing-beam and slab/ferro/fibre) -Electrical (House wiring, small motor rewinding) -Black smithy/welding (Garden, freames and jigs, tractor implements) -Computer (Linux, Windows office, internet, web design basics) -Sewing/Stitiching (sewing, stitiching, embroidery, applique work) 3) To build an eco-shop to help market the products made by the people trained at technology center 4) To make the technology center self sustainable after a couple of years.



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