Rural India is the most efficient powerhouse for national development. A number of implications highlight its prospects. It would naturally be more pragmatic and profitable to engage the manpower in the production system developed in the rural areas itself. Acknowledging the need of the hour in 2014 the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has launched a programme called Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA) with an aim to connect institutions of higher education, including Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and Indian Institutes of Science Education & Research (IISERs) etc. with local communities to address the development challenges through appropriate technologies. The objectives of UBA are broadly two-fold: i) Building institutional capacity in Institutes of higher education in research & training relevant to the needs of rural India. ii) Provide rural India with professional resource support from institutes of higher education, especially those which have acquired academic excellence in the field of Science, Engineering & Technology and Management. Our institute (IITG) is actively engaged in the same and under the overall coordination of IIT Delhi. MHRD has lots of expectation towards UBA and thus with every passing day the number of activities of UBA is supposed to be increased. RuTAG-NE has been operating from IIT Guwahati since 2006 and has been continuously working for S&T intervention in the rural areas of North-East. It is in the project mode and therefore, has its own objectives. To carry out any developmental work pertaining to rural sector particularly through introduction of new viable rural technology it is of paramount necessity to create manpower.

OBJECTIVES AND PHILOSOPHY:

•  The Academic Program course is based on the philosophy of 3Ds-- Design, Development, Delivery

•  To enable students to understand the development process behind various technologies suitable for rural development and natural resources management

•  To prepare trained personnel who can bridge the technology gaps between rural and urban societies

•  The pass outs could become an agent for change and facilitate the ‘last minute connectivity'

•  Building capacity of the students to be able to formulate technological innovations to facilitate effective management of various developmental projects viz. agricultural, post harvesting, disaster management, erosion control, industrial, community development, watershed management, livelihood generation etc.

•  The course also aims to give students the opportunity to engage with future potential employers and to give them an insight in the practicalities of working environments.