Rural Technology as teaching subject was introduced in the University in 1994 under the vocationalization of Education by the University Grant Commission. Subsequently the Department of Rural Technology was established in 1998 with the prime objectives to carry out teaching, research, demonstration, training and extension activities for developing more effective equipment/tools using appropriate and indigenous technology, skill oriented programme and knowledge of rural people for overall upliftment of rural artisans and cottage industries for sustainable rural development and livelihood improvements.
Presently, the Department offers master’s degree programme as ‘M.Sc. in Rural Technology’ with the objective to facilitate appropriate development of science and need based technology for rural areas. In addition to instructional teaching, the students also undergo training in various technologies relevant to rural development. In addition to the permanent faculty, the Department also engage guest/visiting faculty to facilitate teaching.
Department has been actively engaged in research activities on various areas of sustainable Rural Development viz. watershed development and management, natural resource management, livelihood improvements, low cost appropriate and indigenous rural technology, rural energy system, low-cost earthquake resistant housing system, sustainable aromatic and medicinal plants cultivation etc. Currently the Department has a research project on establishment of small nursery of Tejpat, sponsored by HRDI & National Medicinal Plant Board, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
The faculty of the Department has been associated with the monitoring of various projects of Council of Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology (CAPART), Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India, New Delhi as Project Evaluator.
During the year 2011-12 the faculty member has published 06 research papers and 01 book and has participated in 04 seminars/training programmes. The department has 01 ongoing research project.