RuTag
Rural Technology Action Group
RuTAG was set up at Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee in January 2010 with the objective to provide necessary synergy and support to non-government or voluntary organizations, involved in the development of need and demand driven high level technological interventions for the benefit of rural occupational groups of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir state of India. RuTAG is supported by the office of Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, New Delhi.
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Rural Technology Action Group (RuTAG) Projects
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Variable Speed Solar Based Bageshwari Wool Charkha
The traditional charka has few drawbacks, in order to overcome these issues, a modified Bageshwari Wool Charkha is developed by upgrading the traditional charkha.
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Felt Making Machine
A training workshop program on “Felt Making machine” was conducted for the NGO-Khamir Craft Resource Centre, Gujarat at HRED IIT Roorkee.
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Demonstration of Pico Hydro Based Cold Storage at Selected Site
A low-cost cold storage unit, integrated with pico hydropower developed by RuTAG IIT Roorkee for preserving fruits and vegetables for long duration was installed at Barni village Naugaon District Uttarkashi Uttarakhand.
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Efficient Pomegranate Seeds Extraction Machine
In order to improve local extraction processing and to overcome the difficulties, RuTAG, IIT Roorkee has designed an electrically operated light weight pomegranate aril extraction machine.
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Development of Aloe-Vera Processing Machine for Natural Cosmetic Multi Products
In order to execute all processes in single units and overcome the difficulties, RuTAG, IIT Roorkee has designed and developed Aloe Vera processing machine.
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Development of Air-Cooled Based Vegetable Vending Cart
To design and develop a mobile vending cart that has a low power consuming cooling component and high relative humidity as well as a moisture control mechanism or self-operated panel with a display.
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Mandate of RuTAG IIT Roorkee
To promote traditional wisdom and knowledge in the field of rural-technology using available human and natural resources.
To maintain environmental sustainability and conserve bio-diversity in rural areas.
To create appropriate and sustainable rural technology for the critical needs of rural occupational groups.
To provide coordination and support to science and technology by NGO's.
To establish networks with different centers of excellence, research institutes and PSUs engaged in the field of rural development in the areas.
Function of RuTAG IIT Roorkee
Establishing synergy between experts at IIT Roorkee, NGOs and voluntary organizations who have identified need based, demand driven and local resources driven technology based direct interventions for the benefit of various rural occupational groups like farmers, artisans landless poor and traders.
Providing complete technical support through IIT Roorkee high-tech facilities for testing and quality control to the above mentioned programs.
Providing support and synergy to the S&T NGOs government agencies and interested industries in downsizing, strengthening and upgrading the existing technologies for their nucleation into new initiatives.
Methodology adopted
Identification of the need based and demands driven technologies' direct intervention through meetings, workshops with S&T NGOs, Faculty and students of IIT Roorkee and the field departments of the State Government.
Preparation of project proposal as concept note in consultation with participating NGO and the experts from IIT Roorkee.
Preparation of the final project proposal by the designate Principal Investigator, as per IIT Roorkee norms for Sponsored Research for sanction and funding.
Monitoring and assessment of the progress of the project by Project Assessment Committee.
Extra Information
Modified Bageshwari Wool Charkha
Pump as Turbine
Mechanized Roller for Making Handcrafted Woolen Felt
Solar Energy Based Efficient Plant for Preparing Turpentine Oil
Cold Storage Powered by Pico Hydro Power
Development of a Gravity Based Ropeway
Training & Workshops organized
Description Duration Follow up action taken
Training on "Felt making machine for the artisans from Kutch, Gujarat" Mar 10-16, 2019 (7 days) Train the felt artisans from Kutch area of Gujarat for operating the developed mechanized roller
Training on "Mechanized Roller Machine" for the Artisans from Karsog, Himachal Pradesh Oct 4-10, 2018 (7 days) To train artisans for skill up-gradation and improvement in local livelihoods
Training program under project entitle "Development of mechanized roller for making handcrafted woolen felt" Jun 06-13, 2016 (8 days) A testing of the equipment was carried out in association with highly skilled craftsmen of Kashmir
Training program on Upgraded Bageshwari Wool Charkha for the spinners of Uttarakhand Mar 14-18, 2016 (5 days) Performance Testing Trial of variable speed modified Bageshwari Charkha
Training program on Upgraded Bageshwari Wool Charkha for the spinners of Uttarakhand Nov 22-25, 2015 (4 days) The improved version of Bageshwari Charkha was tested for improvement in performance




Meetings / Workshops organized
Training cum Workshop on Technologies undertaken for development by RuTAG, IIT Roorkee Centre held on Sept. 06, 2019
Workshop of RuTAG IIT Roorkee with NGO’s of Himachal Pradesh held on July 30, 2018 at Mandi, HP
PAC Meeting of RuTAG, IIT Roorkee held on July 23, 2018 at AHEC, IIT Roorkee
Meeting with NGO and RuTAG IIT Roorkee on June 04, 2018 at AHEC, IIT Roorkee
PAC Meeting of RuTAG, IIT Roorkee held on November 06, 2017 at AHEC, IIT Roorkee
Meeting of RuTAG IIT Roorkee held on Aug 10, 2017 at AHEC, IIT Roorkee
Meeting of RuTAG with Jansamarth, Tehri (Uttarakhand) held on May19-23, 2016 at AHEC IIT Roorkee regarding review of ongoing projects
Meeting with various NGOs, Academia and USDWB in association with NABARD held on May 04, 2016 at Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Meeting with Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) held on May 03, 2016 regarding the reviews of projects at AHEC IIT Roorkee
Meeting of RuTAG with Jansamarth, Tehri (Uttarakhand) held on April 29, 2016 at AHEC IIT Roorkee to review the ongoing projects
Workshop of the RuTAG Centre held on 30th June, 2015 at Solan, Himachal Pradesh
Workshop with NGOs held on June 11, 2014 at AHEC, IIT Roorkee
Workshop with NGOs held on October 25, 2013 at AHEC, IIT Roorkee
CONTACT US
Professor (Dr.) R.P. Saini
PI, Rural Technology Action Group (RuTAG), Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee-247 667, Uttarakhand, INDIA

01332-286132, 285841 (O)

rutag.iitroorkee@gmail.com, rp.saini@hre.iitr.ac.in, saini.rajeshwer@gmail.com