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Centre for Innovations and Appropriate Technologies for Skills and Jobs

Vision :

  • The vision of CIAT is to ensure a society that derives optimal benefits from Science and Technology with judicious use of natural resources for the wellness of human beings in the context of sustainable development.


  • To accelerate the process of identifying and recognising the innovations developed across different sectors of rural development by different individuals and institutions.
  • To facilitate the wider dissemination of appropriate and affordable technologies to the rural people for enhancing their productivity and with the help of live technology models run on demonstration, training and production with a focus on sustainable development.


  • Identification of appropriate eco-friendly innovations and technologies with the help of studies and workshops
  • Facilitation of certification with the help of appropriate institutions/agencies
  • Handholding of innovators for the development of appropriate technologies
  • Provide opportunities to successful and established technologists to demonstrate their technologies
  • To make them as a technology partner by establishing their units as training cum production units
  • To accelerate the process of technology transfer by organising series of exposure visits, capacity development programmes and handholding in collaboration with other stakeholders’ organisations of public, government, non-government and private agencies
  • To take up technology specific impact assessment studies


  • Innovators and rural technologists’ workshops, seminars, brainstorming sessions
  • Identification of innovations with the help of field assessment
  • Identification of appropriate technologies with the help of various technology development organisations, Govt. agencies, NGOs and individuals
  • Facilitation of establishment of appropriate eco- friendly rural technologies
  • Organisation of exposure visits
  • Assessment of training needs with the help of handholding agencies and prospective trainees
  • Capacity development training covering both entrepreneurial inputs and skill development with the active participation of technology partners
  • Follow up of capacity development with the agencies who nominate the participants
  • Facilitation of establishment of the enterprises by the successful trainees
  • Entrepreneurs’ workshops
  • Organization of Rural Technology Melas
  • Participation in technology exhibitions organized by various Govt., Non Govt., S&T institutions and Private agencies
  • Preparation and Publication of directory on entrepreneurial technologies
  • Preparation and Publication of case studies on successful entrepreneurs
  • Impact assessment of the trainings by third party
  • Impact assessment of technology transfer


Dr C Kathiresan

Associate Professor & Head

Education : M.Sc (Agri), Ph.D (Horticulture)
Areas of Specialisation : ICT for Agriculture and Rural Development (ICT4ARD), Knowledge Management through Digital Technologies (Web Portals, e-Learning, Mobile Applications), Precision Agriculture, Internet of Things (IoT) Applications in Agriculture, Partnership Building, Training and Capacity Building.
Email : kathiresan.nird[at]
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