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Making it work: Visitors at the workshop on rural technology organised by IMMT on the UCP Engineering School premises in Berhampur on Saturday. —
Making it work: Visitors at the workshop on rural technology organised by IMMT on the UCP Engineering School premises in Berhampur on Saturday. —

Staff Reporter

BERHAMPUR: Research is on to ease life and to provide livelihood through technological innovations to the rural public.

A two day workshop-cum-demonstration of rural technologies organised to promote technical innovations aimed at rural areas concluded in the Uma Charan Patnaik Engineering School in the city on Saturday. It was organised by the Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology (IMMT), Bhubaneswar and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

D. Singh, scientist of the Department of Design and Rural Technology of the institute said this workshop was an effort to transfer the rural technologies developed by scientists to the rural entrepreneurs.

The IMMT has developed several low cost, efficient technologies in the field of rural energy, agro-machinery, artisan technology, food processing etc.

They are aimed at improving the life of rural public. Mr Singh said the live demonstration of these technologies would help in their rapid dissemination and rural industrialisation.

The technologies demonstrated at this workshop made even the urban public awe-stuck. A low cost bakery unit which could be managed by a single man drew much attention. No one could believe that its over would cost only Rs. 6000 and along with the licensing of the technology the whole unit could be installed in any village at a cost of Rs. 20,000.

Portable stove

A multi-fuel portable stove was also talk of the workshop. This stove meant for rural areas can use a variety of solid fuels including wood, twigs, leaf, dung cake, agricultural waste, raw coal etc. And the unit cost was Rs. 300 to Rs. 1,500 as per its size. The other cheap and innovative technological innovations demonstrated at this workshop included multipurpose bio-mass drier, paddy thrasher, low cost biomass based heat painting system, low cost coal fired furnace to melt nonferrous materials etc.


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