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Research for Rural Development (RRD)

Research for Rural Development (RRD)

Sustainable rural development is  vital to the economic, social and environmental viability of nations and rural activities is necessary to stimulate the speed of overall economic expansion of the nation.  RSD in collaboration with RuTAG (Rural Technology Action Group) IITM provides a platform for research scholars to present and discuss their research work related to rural development.


We are inviting the research works related to the following themes:

  1. Zero-Hunger: Research works/ideas to end hunger, to achieve food security, ideas on sustainable agriculture, to reduce food wastages.

  2. Zero-Waste: Research works/ideas/technology on reducing wastes in rural areas which lead to zero-waste as well as the zero-pollution.

  3. Zero-illiteracy:  ideas to ensure quality and inclusive education and to promote lifelong learning opportunities in the rural areas. (Gender inequality, socio-economic mobility).

  4. Zero-Poverty: ideas/policies to enable employment for rural people especially for women.

  5. Clean water and sanitation: Ideas/technology to ensure the availability and sustainable management of safe drinking water and sanitization in the rural areas. This reduces the health risks associated with the unsafe drinking water and lack of sanitation.

Submission categories:

  • Prototype

  • Design

  • Ideas

  • MS/Ph.D scholars

  • Postgraduates (Masters and Dual degrees).

  • Individual

  • Prototype: Four page abstract of the proposed model and the demonstration video of the model (2min)

  • Design -  Four page abstract of the proposed design and designs can be submitted through the powerpoint slides.

  • Ideas: Four page abstract of the proposed idea with supporting materials including expected outcomes.

  • Quality and feasibility of the idea/prototype/design

  • Impact on the rural areas

  • 3. Accessibility of the proposed model to the rural areas

Selection process:

Initial Screening: First, all the submission will be reviewed by the panel of reviewers based on the selection criteria.

Finals: Participants selected from the initial screening will present in front of the panel of judges live online. The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

  • March 26, 2021, 11:59 PM

₹ 17000

  1. Sakthivel - 9025683131

  2. Sowmya - 9566542363

  • Download the four page abstract template here

  • Fill out all the fields given in the form.

  • First two pages for the details of the proposed work. Last two pages for the detailed abstract.

  • The filled document must be submitted in the .pdf form

  • The pdf file should be named as “ParticipantName_degree_institute”

  • The abstract file should be uploaded in the google form

Select an option to know more.