Dr. Harsh Vardhan launches CSIR Technologies for rural development
Under a joint initiative of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Unnat Bharat Abhiyan and Vijnana Bharti, Dr. Harsh Vardhan launched CSIR Technologies for rural development on the occasion of CSIR-NISTADS 40th Foundation Day. This event was organized through an online platform.
Various technologies that includes are improved bee hive for quality and hygienic extraction of honey, CSIR-IHBT, Palampur, technology for manufacturing of Ginger paste, CSIR-CFTRI, Mysore, dehumidified dryer for food and agri products, CSIR-NIIST, Thiruvananthapuram; and technology for agricultural waste (wheat bran, sugarcane bagasse and fruit peels) based biodegradable plates, cups and cutleries, CSIR-NIIST, Thiruvananthapuram.
Throwing light on the synergy among science and technology interventions and rural upliftment, various speakers took their turn on explaining about the advantages and the initiatives that need to be forged.
With a purpose to enable the outreach of CSIR rural technologies to society, various stakeholders including famous dignitaries, science experts, field experts, all regional coordinating institutes and participating institutes of UBA, villagers and farmers of the adopted villages also participated in this programme.
In his keynote address, Dr Harsh Vardhan congratulated CSIR-NISTADS on their 40th Foundation Day, and said, “they have been involved in exploring continuously the interface between Science, Technology and Society and have played an important role in science policy research in CSIR and at National Level also”.
Stating that “appropriate intervention of Science & Technology can play a crucial catalytic role in bringing equity and equality in the process of development”, Dr Harsh Vardhan said that “Corporates, Research agencies, Organizations working with medium, small, and cottage level entrepreneurs, voluntary social organizations, NGOs, and socially cognizant citizens need to partner on a common platform to address various problems affecting the lives of millions”.
He said, “the challenges that we would be facing need actions at several levels, and we need to explore and reinvent innovative approaches for actions from different stakeholders that include not just Government agencies but also voluntary social organizations, NGOs, Corporates, Entrepreneurs, academicians & Scientists and constructively supplement these efforts.”