Rural Technology Action Group (RuTAG)

    Introduction : Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA) to the Government of India conceptualized a mission called Rural Technology Group (RuTAG) with an aim to provide a higher level of science and technology intervention and support for development and dissemination of appropriate technologies for rural areas in 2003-04. RuTAG is centered in 7 IITs (Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, and Roorkee) at present. The office of the PSA also initiated RuTAG chapters attached to RuTAG Centers. The first chapter was opened at University of Jammu, attached to RuTAG IIT Delhi in 2014.

    Objective: To identify the technology needs for rural areas, available technology solutions and problems encountered in adopting the existing technology at grass root level; find technology solutions through government agencies , S&T institutions, S&T NGOs, academic institutes, corporate sectors and other voluntary agencies; and disseminate refined technology to rural areas.

    Technology Interventions: The technology interventions of RuTAG are essentially demand driven, could be for technology upgradation, hi-tech delivery, technology training and demonstration or through any other innovative method and have focus on problems associated with marginal communities in rural areas for livelihood creation, drudgery reduction, increase in efficiency/productivity of processes, provisions of higher income, generation of employment, downsizing of existing technologies, and local resource management and knowledge generation for further applications in rural context.

    RuTAG acts as a synergizing and catalyzing mechanism for rural technology development and delivery, and not a major funding mechanism.

    Best Practices  

    1. Microfine-Neem-Biopesticide
    2. Nisargruna-Biogas-plant
    3. Phosphate & Zinc-fertilizer
    4. Rapod-composting
    5. Soil-Organic-Carbon-Detection-Kit
    6. Trichoderma-biopesticide

    Relevant Documents

    • Vegetable vending cart
    1. Development of Thermally insulated vending Cart for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
    2. Vegetable pushcart RuTAG IITR
    3. IITB_RUTAG_Vegetable Cart_ Project Proposal
    • Smart Micro-Economic Zone
    1. Flyer_MEZ_WBG
    2. Flyer_AQN_Farmer_WBG
    3. SM_MEZ_MoPR
    • Miscellaneous
    1. MoM dated 9th July 2020 for the Project Proposal for Value Added User Friendly Vegetable Vending Smart Cart
    2. Brief Detail On Soil Kit
    3. Input on specific areas of interest to your stakeholders in regard to A2K+Studies Scheme of DSIR
    4. BARC Tech Brochures-PSA-MoPR Jun 2020

    Compendium [view details]

    Nodal Officer
    Sl.No Office Details
    1 Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Govt. of India, Mr. Sreenivas Chigullapalli, Project Office
    Mobile: 77388 53504;
    Email: rutag[at] / rutagpo[at] /chsreenivas.india[at]
    2 Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Govt. of India, Mr. Pradhap R.   Project Associate
    Mobile: 98656 24198 / 86681 36008;
    Email: iitmrutag[at] /pradhapcenu.vvm[at]
    3 Ministry of Panchayati Raj Shri. S.Mohit Rao – Consultant
    Mobile: 94064 48009
    Email: mohitrao.mopr[at]