To bring rural development technologies nearer to policy makers, IIT-Delhi is going to set up a museum in its campus and IIT Jhajjar campus wherever working models of those technologies, developed by educational institutes, are going to be displayed.
IIT-D has written to around hundred institutions of higher learning like different IITs, National Institute of Technology (NITs) and agricultural universities to send their proposals listing two rural development technologies.
Officials say Members of Parliament, Members of Legislative Assemblies, policy makers and public will visit these museums to see the latest technology for rural development and choose suitable ideas for implementation in their constituencies.
“The idea is to have working models which can tell what exactly the technology does to help development in rural areas. using the exhibition we are able to interact with ministers and different policy makers for scaling up and using the technology in real life situation,” said IIT-D director V Ramgopal Rao.
The plan could be a a part of the Unnat bharat Abhiyan (UBA), a flagship scheme of the HRD ministry, being coordinated by IIT-Delhi. Recently 89 districts were adopted by around 45 institutes, like IITs, NITs and IIMs, to produce technical and managerial solutions.
There will be one museum or park set up within the Delhi campus and Jhajjar campus each. The Jhajjar campus can have display of working models of technologies that are ready to be used in rural development areas like better farming ways and power generation.
VK Vijay, national coordinator of the program, said that the delhi campus can show the prototype of the technologies.
“Here we’ll show the basic model will|which is able to} give a fair idea about what the technology can do. Policy makers will visit these museums and notice all the latest technology for rural development at one place. it’ll help them in identifying what suits their district or village and directly talk to the developer for using the technology,” he said.
The mission of UBA is to enable higher educational institutions to work with the people of rural India in identifying development challenges and evolving appropriate solutions for accelerating sustainable growth, officials said.
“We have written to around 100 institutes and are waiting for their replies. they have been asked to suggest two working models on rural development technology which has been developed in their institute. These models are going to be displayed at these museums,” Rao said.