TECHNOLOGIES FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
IIT Madras initiated activities for transfer of technologies which are of immediate relevance to society. For this purpose, the following three projects have been taken up.
- Socially Relevant Projects.
- Rural Technology Action Group.
- Recognition and Mentoring Programme by Lemelson Foundation (USA).
Socially Relevant Projects
These projects are undertaken by the faculty members of I.I.T Madras, with assistance from the students and supporting staff. A total of eight projects were initiated under this program and presently they are at different stages of completion. Alumni of 1967 batch and 1981 batch are currently funding several projects under this program.
Rural Technology Action Group (RuTAG),
Tamilnadu at IIT Madras
The Rural Technology Action Group (RuTAG) for Tamilnadu was established in the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) in June 2004 to help rural Tamilnadu upgrade their technologies. It has been conceived by the Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Govt. of India (PSA) as a synergizing and catalyzing mechanism to provide a higher level of S&T intervention and support than hitherto achieved.
IIT Madras initiated development of technologies which are of immediate relevance to society. RuTAG is one such project aimed at identifying technology gaps and improving these for the benefit of rural India. This project is supported by the office of the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India.