The Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas (CTARA) in the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay was established in 1985 to respond to the marginalized and disadvantaged sections of society and neglected regions in the country.
In the last two decades, our country has witnessed significant and rapid changes in several spheres and at an increasingly rapid speed.The economic reforms and the policies of liberalization, globalization, and privatization have resulted in momentous changes in perspectives,policies, and practices pertaining to technology, development, and the interrelationship between the two.
The Centre is gearing itself to face the challenges posed by these changes, through research projects as well as new academic and training programs. CTARA now has an M. Tech. Program in Technology and Development (started from July 2007) and an Ph.D Program. Apart from these programs, CTARA also offers Technology and Development Supervised Learning courses to the B.Tech students across the Institute. CTARA has over the years developed relations with various Governmental Departments at the Centre and State; Industrial Houses, Non-governmental Organisations/Community Based Organizations.
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