Rural Development Department
  1. About Department
  2. Activities
  3. Facilities
  4. Virtual Tour
  5. Presentation

The Department of Rural Development was established in the year 1978-79 with main purpose to implement the centrally sponsored Scheme of Community Polytechnics. The department has primarily worked for effective implementation of the Scheme of Community Polytechnics and over the years it has emerged as a Resource Centre in the field of community development. The department played a pivotal role in launching the revamped Scheme of Community Development Through Polytechnics (CDTP) and facilitating its effective implementation in Northern Region since 2009.The major activities of the department are as follows:

  • Staff Development Programmes
  • Curriculum Development
  • Development of Print and Non-print instructional material
  • Extension Services and Guidance to Polytechnics
  • Research and Development
  • Liaisoning with MSDE, MoE, GoI, NITTTRs and State Directorates of Technical Education

In addition to these activities, the Department of Rural Development has successfully completed various projects at national level for UNICEF, MHRD, MRD, NOS, EdCIL, Department of Science & Technology, CAPART, S&T Council, Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission, AICTE, etc.

Rural Development Department of the institute is also engaged in upgrading the technological products and dissemination of appropriate technologies in rural areas through the Polytechnics implementing the Scheme of Community Development through Polytechnics.


To be a Centre of Excellence for promoting education, training, research and providing extension services in the area of rural development through effective implementation of Community Development Through Polytechnics Scheme and other Programmes of Govt. of India.


  • To organize education and training programmes in the area of rural development for the faculty and staff of technical education system and rural development organizations for upgradation of their knowledge and skills.
  • To organize education and training programmes in the area of rural development, and sustainable developmentfor the students of Masters in Rural Development/Management, Rural Technology.
  • To develop instructional materials in the area of rural development to increase the effectiveness of teaching-learning process.
  • To provide extension and consultancy services to MSDE, MoE, DTEs, technical and higher education system organizations working for rural development and Unnat Bharat Abhiyan Project.
  • To undertake research and development in the field of rural development.
  • To extend services to MSDE, MoE and AICTE in formulating policies pertaining to rural and skill development


CDTP Scheme
About CDTP Scheme
Presentation on CDTP
Guideline Document on the CDTP Scheme
Proforma-MONTHLY Report
CDTP Progammmes
CDTPs-MES Programmes
List of MES Courses
CDTPs-Popularization of CDTP Scheme
Report of National Seminar 2019
Golden Jubilee National Seminar on "Promotion of Skills and Technologies for Sustainable Rural Development in India" from 31 stAug-1st Sept., 2017
National Abilympics Glimpses
National Award
Details of Job Fair on 20-5-14
Photos of activity for PWDs
Technical and Vocational Education for the Disabled-Challenges and Problems
Press Clippings of Job fair-20-5-2014
Brief Report on IIT-Delhi Project
Report on Eco-water Literacy and Sanitation Campaign Project
Report on Prof Berry and IITD Visit
Report on the Construction of Bio Gas plant
Department Brochure
Department Brochure
Progress Report
Progress Report (Jan - Mar 2022)
Progress Report (Oct- Dec 2021)

Major achievements of the Department are as under:

Conducted more than 300 staff development programmes in the field of Rural Planning and Development, Appropriate Technology, Rural Sanitation and Water Management, Ecology & Environment, Science & Technology for Rural Development, Rural Alternate Energy Sources, Employment Generation, Rural Entrepreneurship and Industrialisation, Bee-keeping and Mushroom Cultivation, Information Management and Networking etc.

Prepared competency based curricula for more than 80 non-formal skill development trades.  During 2003-04 the department facilitated preparation of competency based curricula for about 200 non-formal trades  in disciplines like Civil Engg, Mech. Engg, Automobile Engg, Electrical/Electronics Engg, Information Technology, Computer Software, Computer Hardware & IT Hardware Maintenance, Office Automation, Printing Technology, Video Film and Photography, Business and Commerce, Handicraft, Handloom and Leather work, Renewable Energy Devices, Health and Para-Medical, Fashion Design and Garment Making, Home Science and Related Vocations, Beauty Culture, Catering and Hospitality, Agriculture and Allied Sector, Journalism, Food Processing, Other General Services.

Produced a number of educational video films, significant amongst these are –

  • Smokeless Chulha (Hindi/English)
  • Energy for All (Hindi & English)
  • Energy for All (Punjabi)
  • Rural Housing (Part-I)
  • Carpentry Tools
  • Job Opportunities for Women
  • Humming Honey Maker,
  • Solar Water Heating System
  • Improved Agricultural Implements
  • Village and Small Industries (English)
  • Village and Small Industries (Hindi)
  • Rural Sanitation
  • Biogas Technology
  • Agricultural Implements
  • An Introduction to PRA Techniques
  • PRA / RRA Exercise Part-2
  • PRA / RRA Exercise Part-3
  • Solar Lantern
  • Jevik Kheti Ki Ore (Hindi)
  • Organic Farming (Jevik Kheti) - Boon for Farmers (Hindi)
  • Soldiers of Soil (Hindi/English)
  • Vasundhara Ke Doot (Hindi)
  • Scheme of Community Polytechnics
  • Towards Sustainable Agriculture
  • Organic Farming : From East to West (Punjabi)
  • Organic Farming : From East to West (English)
  • Organic Farming : An Enterprise (Hindi)
  • Organic Farming : Boon for Farmers (Punjabi)
  • Organic Farming : Vocation for Women (Hindi)
  • Organic Farming : Commonwealth for Youth (English)
  • Organic Farming : A Holistic Approach (Hindi)
  • Tractor Shaping Path for Agriculture
  • Krishi Awasheshon Ka Prabandhan (Hindi)
  • Integrated Agri-Waste Management for Sustainable Agriculture (English)
  • Sada Bahar Kheti Leyi Rahend Khund Di Barton (Punjabi)
  • Cook with the Sun [Solar Dish Type Cooker]

Video film on "Humming Honey Maker" was awarded ‘Gold Prize’ and "Energy for All" bagged ‘Special Judges’ Prize’ in the video contest by Sony ICD Video, Japan. Also, some of our video films have been telecast on the National Programme of the Doordarshan.

Developed 3 CAI Packages in the field of Smokeless Chulha, Bio-gas plant and Solar Water Heating System.

Demonstrated and disseminated information regarding appropriate technologies in various areas such as –

  • Non-Conventional Sources of Energy
  • Rural Sanitation and Water Management
  • Rural Housing
  • Employment Generating Technologies
  • Drudgery Reducing Technologies
  • Hazards and Accidents Protection Technologies
  • Nutrition and Health Improvement Technologies
  • Agricultural Technologies
  • Farm & Post-Harvesting Equipment

The Department of Rural Development has developed various curricula in the different field as listed below:

  • Electrical Related Trades
  • Assembly and Repair of Voltage Stabilizer.
  • Battery Repair and Maintenance
  • Choke Making
  • Electrician
  • House Wiring
  • Motor Rewinding (Single Phase)
  • Motor Rewinding (Three Phase)
  • Repair of Electrical Gadgets
  • Repair of Table/Ceiling Fan.
  • Rewinding of Armature
  • Transformer Coil Rewinding
  • Textile Related Trades
  • Batik Printing
  • Doll Making
  • Embroidery and Needle Work
  • Fabric Painting
  • Fabric Printing
  • Fabrication of Leather Goods
  • Flower Making (Artificial)
  • Garment Making
  • Handloom Weaving
  • Jute Bags and Soft Toys Making
  • Knitting
  • Screen Printing
  • Textile Printing and Fabric Painting
  • Print Material

Print material developed by the Department includes:


  1. RD Punia & UN Roy, 1999; Appropriate Technology, Satya Prakashan, New Delhi, 1999
  2. UN Roy, 2005; People’s Participation in Watershed Management, Kanishka Publishers, New Delhi
  3. K. Gopal Iyer & UN Roy; 2005; Watershed Management and Sustainable Development,  Kanishka Publishers, New Delhi
  4. JS Saini, 2006; Informal Sector - Employment and Productivity, Abhishek Publications, Chandigarh
  5. UN Roy & JS Saini; 2009; People’s Empowerment and Sustainable Rural Development : A Technological Approach; Rawat Publications, Jaipur
  6. JS Saini and Er. Amit Goyal; 2009, Empowering the Disabled: Abhishek Publications, Chandigarh.
  7. Rural Technology Manuals on Selected Technologies
  8. Volume-1: Sanitation
  9. Volume-2: Energy
  10. Volume-4: Civil
  11. Volume-5: Mechanical

Major infrastructural and facilities available in the Department include:

  • Water Testing Lab
  • Rural Technology Demonstration Centre
  • Rural Technologies Yard
  • Community Development Information Centre
  • IIT sponsored Technology Park for Emerging Technologies for Rural Development.


Providing extension services to 156 polytechnics implementing the Scheme of Community Polytechnics through Polytechnics in Northern Region initiated in September, 2009 in the areas of need assessment survey, skill development training programmes, application of appropriate technology, technical and support services and awareness programmes.

Enriched with diversified experience gained over the years and well developed infrastructure and learned faculty, Department of Rural Development of NITTTR Chandigarh, with the support of other specialised department of the Institute, is capable and eager to undertake short-term training programmes as well as collaborative or independent projects and research and development with government, semi-government, NGOs and industries aimed at synergistic rural development in the following fields:

  • Technology development and transfer
  • Human resource development
  • Video films, CAI packages, teaching-learning modules
  • Total Village Development Project
  • Energy Management
  • Ecology and Environment
  • Renewable Sources of Energy
  • Rural Housing
  • Sanitation and Water Management
  • Health and Hygiene
  • Project Management
  • Information Management
  • Computer Networking
  • Mushroom Cultivation and Bee-keeping
  • Employment Generation Programmes for Women
  • Rural Industrialization, Micro- Entrepreneurship, Project Formulation
  • Energy Efficient Buildings
  • Waste Management 

History of Abilympics

The word 'Abilympics' is a combination of the words abilities and olympics. Abilympics are vocational skills and leisure & living skill competitions for persons with disabilities and provide a platform to enable them to showcase and enhance their talent. The contests include photography, computer programming, creating web pages, data processing, embroidery, dress making, tailoring, knitting, pottery, painting etc. The contests are judged purely on the professional ability and no concession is given for the severity of the disability.

International Abilympics, under the aegis of International Abilympic Federation and Rehabilitation International, are held once every four years. The first International Abilympics were held in Japan in 1981 to commemorate the United Nations International year of the Disabled. Subsequently, these were held in Colombia, Hong Kong, Australia, the Czech Republic, India, Japan and South Korea respectively. The focus of Abilympics is showcasing the abilities and not the disability of the person. It also provides an opportunity for exchange of knowledge and technology as well as foster international friendship amongst participants from different countries / regions.

Abilympics, which are vocational skills competitions, are different from Special Olympics and Paralympics which are games and sports competitions for persons with disabilities worldwide.

Abilympics in India

The history of Abilympics in India stretches as far back as the origins of Abilympics itself. It is a story rich with pride, determination, success, and incredible growth.

Dr. Uma Tuli had led a six-member Indian team to the First International Abilympics in Japan in 1981, and it was here that her dream to organise such an event in India came into being. In the 5th International Abilympics held in Prague, Czech Republic in 2000, a 14- member team from India won three gold medals, three bronze medals and a certificate of excellence. India's bid to host the 6th International Abilympics was also accepted. In order to plan and organize this international event and spread Abilympics movement in the country the National Abilympic Association of India (NAAI) was formed in May 2001, at the behest of the Ministries of Social Justice & Empowerment and Human Resource Development, Government of India. The main objectives of NAAI are to :


  • Discover and nurture the talent of persons with disabilities and promote economic self-reliance.
  • Sensitize and create awareness among government, the corporate sector and society at large about the productive skills of persons with disabilities.
  • Ensure involvement of the government and the private sector to provide opportunities for enhancing the skill levels and employment of the disabled.
  • Promote international friendship through exchange of knowledge and programmes.
  • Encourage exchange of relevant and advanced technology to enhance abilities and skills of persons with disabilities.

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Tasks for the 4th National Abilympics 2014


Invitation for participation in 4th National Abilympics.pdf
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