IIT Delhi has been active in developing and transferring technologies relevant to rural needs. Many departments are developing such technologies. There is a Centre for Rural Development and Technology (http://crdt.iitd.ac.in)which is an interdisciplinary research group. The Centre for Rural Development and Technology (CRDT) was established in 1979-80 as a nodal centre to coordinate and provide ‘ S&T’ support to such activities. Much thought and efforts have gone in evolving the Centre’ s activities. It was an important experiment as not many technical institutions had attempted to establish a formal Rural Development Centre at this time.
The coordination of RuTAG activities has been primarily assigned to several IITs. The RuTAG IIT Delhi is one such entity which was established in January 2009. IIT Delhi has been allocated to coordinate the RuTAG activities in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Haryana, and Delhi. The idea is to identify technology needs of the region, available technology solutions, problems encountered in adopting the existing technology at the grassroots, identify R&D institutions which can improve the technology, assessment of the existing technology, find out solutions to overcome the technological problems, and adapt a rural technology through R&D institutions to suit specific conditions using local resources.