Science and Technology for Rural India

Science and Technology for Rural India
Amulya K. N. Reddy, CURRENT SCIENCE, VOL. 87, NO. 7, 10 OCTOBER 2004
International Energy Initiative, 25/5 Borebank Road, Benson Town, Bangalore 560 046, India

Though the importance of science and technology for rural India was appreciated in the 1930s by Gandhi, giving rise to the work of the Centre for Science for Villages, advanced institutions of education, science and technology turned their attention to this area only in the 1970s. The most well-known of these efforts was from the Indian Institute of Science with its programme for the application of science and technology to rural areas known by its acronym ASTRA. ASTRA(recently renamed as Centre for Sustainable Technologies)was based on a model of science