IIT Madras will organize and host the 2nd international conference on “Rural Technology Development and Delivery (RTDD)” during 12-14 March 2020.
The conference envisages bringing together researchers and practitioners in the field of rural technology solutions. The sessions will involve discussions of their achievements, difficulties and the way forward in coming years. It also aims to demonstrate how many of the rural problems can be treated as R&D challenges. Focus on ‘Dissemination’, and ‘Scaling of Rural Innovations’ will also be highlighted in the conference.
The 1st conference, RTDD 2018 was organized by IIT Delhi, and it focused on bringing together faculty and students from all RuTAGs to discuss their achievements, difficulties, challenges and the way forward in next 10-15 years. In addition, other organizations working in the similar directions were invited to submit papers and participate to evolve a sustainable synergy between participants. The conference also had discussions on ‘Dissemination’ and ‘Scaling of Rural Innovations’, and possibility of funding through other Schemes of the Government. For the proceedings, please refer to Rural Technology Development and Delivery: RuTAG and Its Synergy with Other Initiatives.
Rural Technology Action Group (RuTAG) is an initiative conceptualized and supported by the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) to the Govt. of India, since 2004. It was conceived as a mechanism to provide a higher level demand driven S&T interventions for rural areas through IITs and other technical institutions. RuTAG attempts to bring about a successful interface between the rural majority and technical institutions of excellence through a field-level S&T organization. RuTAG centers have been established at seven IITs (Madras, Guwahati, Kharagpur, Delhi, Roorkee, Bombay, and Kanpur: given hyperlinks to all RUTAG centers) and 45 technologies have been developed and field tested so far.