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Western Region Workshop

Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA) & IIT Bombay

Workshop intends to explore avenues & mechanisms by which Engineering Graduates may develop wiwth Development agenda.


Time: 9.30 - 5:15 pm Date: 10th Nov 2016
Venue: VMCC, IIT Bombay.


"Perform, Achieve, Trade: Industrial Energy Efficiency Policy Experience in India"

Development Discourse Series, Center for Policy Studies &
Department of Energy Science, IIT Bombay


Speakers: Shri Ajay Mathur, DG TERI

Time: 4.30pm, Date: 27th Oct 2016
Venue: Room no 31,VMCC


About Us

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 Organizations/Community Based Organizations.


Technology & Development Supervised Learning (TDSL)

HOD's Message

CTARA started in 1985 with the express purpose of attending to and learning from the problems of rural India. It started first as a research center and as a platform for faculty and students to come together, discuss and work on such problems. The paradigm that evolved and guided us in that period was of appropriate technology, which included within it, the notion of region specific solutions, field work and interfacing with the informal sectors.


In subsequent years, CTARA did many projects of increasing significance, among these was our interaction with KVIC, various engineering devices and tools, and the Gudwanwadi drinking water initiative. Based on this experience, in 2007, we started the M.Tech program in Technology and Development. This is an inter-disciplinary program which focuses on the training of the Development Professional, a position in increasing demand. The development agenda is now the key to the progress of India and its people. This agenda needs informed policy and implementation, design and analysis of key programs, interfacing with NGO's and civil society, tracking performance and an inter-disciplinary  study of a wider set of problems so as to reduce them to a set of disciplinary research. Our program is structured precisely around these ideas. The program itself has been widely appreciated and is attracting a broad spectrum of top students. CTARA now has a variety of interactions with the wider society. We engage with numerous NGOs, delivering solutions and studies. We engage with government agencies and a variety of ministries. We also work with many educational institutions in India and abroad.


Besides core faculty, CTARA boasts of a wide variety of associated and adjunct faculty. They bring experience and rigor from a wide variety of fields such as governance, policy, system dynamics, grass-root work, consultancy and so on.


Recently, CTARA started the Supervised Learning course offering which invites IIT undergraduates into the development program via well-designed projects with specific delivery and beneficiaries. This course has received an exciting  response from students and from non-CTARA faculty as well. As many as 20 students are doing this course and engaging in a wide variety of projects.


For prospective students, CTARA holds an attractive proposition, not only because of the immense future prospects for the development professional, but also for the spirit of creativity and innovation that we train into our students. I must stress that the M.Tech program is demanding, esp. of honesty and hard work, but then so is the development agenda. Our students are our assets and our ambassadors who will lead us to a new convivial society.



Quick Links

"Perform, Achieve, Trade: Industrial Energy Efficiency Policy Experience in India"

Jhumur Banerjee's proposal "Development of a bio-refinery
from mango processing waste" - coauthored with Prof. Amit Arora - has featured among Top 61 proposals selected out of 495 submitted for Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge conducted by Elsevier.
List of 61 proposals selected can be found



Ms Ankita Rathore (MTD-2) has won 2nd Prize for her poster presentation at the 4th International Conference on 'Sustainable Waste Processing Technologies for Developing Nations',  in Surat.
Her topic was 'Municipal Solid Waste Management for Small Towns and Villages', co-authored with Prof. Bakul Rao


CTARA Department Overview

Unnat Maharashtra Abhiyan (UMA)
IIT Bombay's Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA)

Field Stay Details

Current M.Tech Projects

Placement details:
2013-15   |   2014-16

Core Faculty

Prof. A. W. Date,

First Rahul Bajaj Chair Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Emeritus Fellow

awdate [at] me.iitb.ac.in

(022)-2576-7517, [FAX] (022)-2572-6875


Heat Transfer, Thermodynamics and Energy Conversion, Energy Systems, Appropriate Technology


Prof. Amit Arora,

Assistant Professor

aarora [at] iitb.ac.in

022 - 2576 7293


Bioenergy, Bioprocessing, Downstream Processing, Food Processing, Membrane separations, Process Design and Development, Microwave Technology, Paper and Pulp Engineering


Prof. Anand B. Rao,

Associate Professor

a.b.rao [at] iitb.ac.in

(022)-2576-7877 (O), (022)-2576-8877 (R)


Energy and Environment, Climate Change, Carbon Capture and Sequestration


Prof. Bakul Rao,

Associate Professor

bakulrao [at] iitb.ac.in

(022)-2576 7830 (O), Mobile: +91 9619182552


Environmental impact framework for rural areas, State of environment studies, Field assessments & remediation, Matrix characterization, Climate change


Prof. Milind A. Sohoni,

Head of the Department

sohoni [at] iitb.ac.in

(022)-2576-7729, (R) (022)-2576-8729


Combinatorial Optimization, Mathematical Programming, Algorithms, Drinking Water for Rural Areas


Prof. N. C. Narayanan,


ncn [at] iitb.ac.in

(022)-2576-7842 (O), (022)-2576-8842 (R)


Water Policy and Governance,Development Theory,Transdisciplinary Research,Scaling up decentralised PV Solutions,Environment and development (political ecology)


Prof. N. G. Shah,


nshah [at] iitb.ac.in

(022)-2576-7874, [FAX] (022)-2576-7874


Post Harvest Process Engineering, Small Scale Renewable Energy Applications and Agro-based Industrial Development


Prof. Priya Jadhav,

Assistant Professor

jadhav_priya [at] iitb.ac.in

022 - 2576 7291


Energy, Grid Electrification, Photovoltaics, Biogas


Prof. Prasad Modak,

Professor (Adjunct) and Executive President, Environmental Management Centre, India

prasad.modak [at] emcentre.com


Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Policy, Environmental Planning, Environmental Management


Prof. Satish B. Agnihotri,


sbagnihotri[at]iitb.ac.in;   sbagnihotri[at]gmail.com


Child malnutrition, Renewable Energy and Energy Policy, Gender, Rural development and technology scale up, Use of Mapping Techniques in social Sector planning, Public Policy


Dr. Santosh Jagtap,

Assistant Professor



Engineering design; Product design; Design cognition, creativity, innovation; Design

methods; Design at the Base of the Pyramid; Design for sustainability; Information and

knowledge management in design; Product aesthetics


Prof. Vishal R. Sardeshpande,

Associate Professor (Adjunct)

vishal.sir[at]iitb.ac.in, vishalsir[at]gmail.com


Solar thermal energy, Energy efficiency, benchmarking and audits, Thermal and fluid system experimentation & modeling, Biogas/biomass systems, Technology for rural & agro applications, Product development.


CTARA offers following Academic Programs


(Technology & Development)

In the last two decades, our country has witnessed significant changes in several spheres and at 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. To address the challenges posed by these changes, CTARA has created a new masters program in Technology and Development.

Objectives of Master's Program

  1. To train professionals to work in diverse fields, playing different roles at the interface between technology and development, through public, private, and civil society organizations
  2. To provide, through course and field work, perspectives and skills to students, necessary for resource-based, region-specific technology planning and implementation
  3. To train students for academic as well as research and analysis oriented careers, by developing competence in use of quantitative and qualitative methods

Content of the Program

This four-semester program is focused on providing inputs to students in the following key areas through core & elective courses, field work and master's dissertation project:


  1. Perspectives on the relationships between technology and development
  2. Policy analysis in key sectors and governance issues in technology and development
  3. Understanding of role of technology in key economic sectors, viz., energy, water, and soils and agriculture, in view of their expected contribution to sustainable development
  4. Skills in quantitative analysis, social science research methods, systems dynamics, and project management
  5. Exposure to ground reality at the grassroots-level as well as field reality in key sectors
  6. Introduction to contemporary issues related to "Technology and Development" , such as Climate Change, WTO Agreements and Intellectual Property Rights, Energy Security, Perspectives on the relationships between technology and development

Click for detailed course structure for M. Tech in Technology & Development.


(Technology & Development)

CTARA invites applications from students with a "research" bent of mind, to apply for admission to the Ph.D. programme. Applicants must have a creative drive, the willingness to work on challenging technical problems for a sustained duration, and the academic preparation in respective areas.


Admission to the Ph.D. programme can be gained in various different categories (Full-Time, Part-Time, etc.).


Before sending us any queries, please familiarize yourself with the categories and the admission requirements for each category by reading the official institute Ph.D. Information Brochure here.





  1. Technology and Development
  2. Public Policy and Governance
  3. Energy, Environment, Climate Change and Development
  4. Environment Assessment
  5. Water Resources
  6. Agro-Food Processing

Research Areas:

Technology Development Supervised Learning (TDSL)

(For UG Students)

CTARA, IIT Bombay offers a sequence of Supervised Learning courses under the Technology and Development umbrella at the undergraduate level. These courses offer the students an opportunity to work on a live project, urban or rural, which involves direct interaction and interface with the larger society and stakeholders.


All the projects offered through TDSL fall under 3 broad categories- Study, Analysis & Design. The output of the project could be in the form of policy recommendations and studies, protocols or design solutions. Projects are floated by the faculty members and student interested in a particular topic may directly approach to work with the faculty member on the project. NEW: Spring 2015-16 offerings


Spring 2016: Topic submission form for faculty

Spring 2016: Topics listing for students

Key Programs by CTARA:

Rural Technology Action Group or RuTAG is a brain child of the Principal Scientific advisor (PSA) to the Government of India. RuTAG was devised to be a mechanism to achieve rural advancement through S&T interventions. The interventions are essentially demand driven and have focus on problems associated with marginal communities in rural areas.

Click to visit RuTAG IIT Bombay webpage

Unnat Maharashtra Abhiyan (UMA) is a project of the Ministry of Higher and Technical Education. Its mandate is to build an independent and public knowledge infrastructure for the state of Maharashtra which will bring socio-economic and cultural development for its people, especially those in the bottom 80% of the socio-economic strata. UMA aligns closely with the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA) mechanism of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, whose vision is to bring about "transformational change in rural development processes by leveraging knowledge institutions to help build the architecture of an Inclusive India"


Click to visit Unnat Maharashtra Abhiyan (UMA) webpage

Unnat Bharat Abhiyan is inspired by the vision of transformational change in rural development processes by leveraging knowledge institutions to help build the architecture of an Inclusive India. Their mission is conceptualised as a movement to enable processes that connect institutes of higher education with local communities to address the development challenges of rural India through participatory processes and appropriate technologies for accelerating sustainable growth. It also aims to create a virtuous cycle between the society and an inclusive university system by providing knowledge and practices for emerging professions and to upgrade the capabilities of both the public and the private sectors.


Click to visit Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA) Website

TDSC aims at being a resource center for providing technology and development solutions. The resources of the center can be leveraged by faculty and student members of IIT Bombay to provide solutions to external stakeholders. TDSC will provide resources annd services to undertake projects that deliver outputs via academic research outputs, consulting, outreach modules, entrepreneurship guidance etc. TDSC will not only aim at delivering solutions to external stakeholders but will primarily use the academic platform to engage students directly in development-related problems & solutions.


Click to visit Technology Development Solution Cell (TDSC) Webpage

Reach us:

Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas (CTARA)

Address: CTARA Office, 2nd Floor, Electrical Annex Building, IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400 076.

Phone:    (022) 2576 7870 / 7871

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