Need for proper knowledge transfer system to boost rural units stressed

Staff Reporter

MADURAI: Lack of proper knowledge delivery system is a challenge to rural agro-based industries, said T. Karunakaran, Vice Chancellor, Gandhigram Rural Institute, here on Wednesday.

Inaugurating a workshop on `Consultancy and services sector: challenges and prospects' organised by the Institution of Engineers (India) in association with Consultancy Development Centre (CDC) and Institute of Management Consultants of India (IMCI), he said that GRI had established a Cell for Rural Innovation and Consultancy for Advanced Research (CRICAR) in an attempt to ensure knowledge transfer for rural industries.

Engineering intervention was essential for an agrarian society so that rural agro-based industries would be in a better position to compete in the global market, he said.

It was the responsibility of engineering colleges to dole out rural industries from technical problems or otherwise they would be overwhelmed in a globalised world market, Dr. Karunakaran said.

The GRI, he said, provided entrepreneurship-based and creativity-based learning and many of its courses were directed towards this goal. The B. Tech. course in `Habitat' was tailor-made for the concept of providing urban facilities in rural areas (PURA), he said.

Efforts to provide knowledge-based development and innovative design turned out to be a success, as GRI was able to evolve a house model after tsunami, he informed.

The country was in need of structural development centres at regional-level, technology source centres at district-level and technology service centres at block level, the Vice-Chancellor said.

Better connectivity was necessary if rural industries had to develop and through horizontal and vertical networking the wide gap between rural and urban industries could be bridged, he added.

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