Uttarakhand is a hill State with 93% of the geographic area as hilly terrain and 64% is covered by forest. Its far flung areas are under-developed with bad connectivity to the cities. The development of the remotest place with roads, water, electricity, education, opportunities and dissemination of Scientific and Technological knowledge to the population is expected from the Government of this newly constructed State. In this endeavor of State Government the Uttarakhand Council (a nodal agency of DST, GoI) plays catalytic role for the promotion of Science and Technology in the State and supplement/complement the developmental programmes of the State. In this direction the Council has started multiple programmes with Science Popularization and entrepreneurship development programmes as one of the mandates. Since 60% of the population of State depends on agriculture, entrepreneurship programmes related to food processing, canning and technology development for farmers is an important small scale enterprise. With this in focus, the Council has established 06 Training Research Centres. These Centres act as source for technology dissemination and training of local people to start small enterprises related to processing of fruits juices, vegetables, pickles, fish rearing etc. Beside these, some region specific flowers and herbs are available, whose juices are in high demand. So training to extract and preserve these juices by scientific methods is provided by these TRC’s with their sustainable use. This will not only help farmers to generate an alternate source of income but also provides a way to preserve the perishable items at the source point itself. Along with this the Council has one district coordinator in every district. These district Coordinators are pillar of strength to the functioning and outreach of the Council in remote areas of the State. Through these coordinators the science popularization programmes, technology dissemination programmes, EDP programmes are reaching the far flung areas. These activities has greatly enhanced their economic condition. Under these TRC’s around 12,000 beneficiaries have been given training and are working successfully in the small scale enterprises. Another point to mention here is that these Centres heralds development of improved technologies based on locally available natural resources and improvement of post harvesting techniques with traditional experience and knowledge for commercial requirements. These TRC’s further gain importance owing to their local nature. Since they are located in villages they are able to identify the local needs and hence to provide solution and training for that with the scientific inputs. Since its inception, Council has successfully organized more than 40 entrepreneurship development training programmes throughout the State and have established one Mangal Turbine to solve problem of drinking water, ropeway for connectivity of hilly regions and started River bank filtration projects for providing drinking water in five towns of Uttarakhand.

The paper deals in detail the various initiatives taken by the Council to develop human resource in the State for generating revenue to the farmers in addition to their farming income, entrepreneur development programmes for setting up region specific small scale enterprises and dissemination of scientific and technological knowledge among the masses. In conclusion, we can say the EDP has greatly enhanced the technical human resource of the State and hence economic upliftment of the farmers with development of scientific temper.

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Entrepreneurship development programme through Science & Technology
A case study of uttarakhand council

Rajendra Dobhal   Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology

Sarita Khandka   Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology

D. P Uniyal   Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology

B. P Purohit   Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology

Uttarakhand is a hill State with 93% of the geographic area as hilly terrain and 64% is covered by forest. Its far flung areas are under-developed with bad connectivity to the cities. The development of the remotest place with roads, water, electricity, education, opportunities and dissemination of Scientific and Technological knowledge to the population is expected from the Government of this newly constructed State. In this endeavor of State Government the Uttarakhand Council (a nodal agency of DST, GoI) plays catalytic role for the promotion of Science and Technology in the State and supplement/complement the developmental programmes of the State. In this direction the Council has started multiple programmes with Science Popularization and entrepreneurship development programmes as one of the mandates. Since 60% of the population of State depends on agriculture, entrepreneurship programmes related to food processing, canning and technology development for farmers is an important small scale enterprise. With this in focus, the Council has established 06 Training Research Centres. These Centres act as source for technology dissemination and training of local people to start small enterprises related to processing of fruits juices, vegetables, pickles, fish rearing etc. Beside these, some region specific flowers and herbs are available, whose juices are in high demand. So training to extract and preserve these juices by scientific methods is provided by these TRC’s with their sustainable use. This will not only help farmers to generate an alternate source of income but also provides a way to preserve the perishable items at the source point itself. Along with this the Council has one district coordinator in every district. These district Coordinators are pillar of strength to the functioning and outreach of the Council in remote areas of the State. Through these coordinators the science popularization programmes, technology dissemination programmes, EDP programmes are reaching the far flung areas. These activities has greatly enhanced their economic condition. Under these TRC’s around 12,000 beneficiaries have been given training and are working successfully in the small scale enterprises. Another point to mention here is that these Centres heralds development of improved technologies based on locally available natural resources and improvement of post harvesting techniques with traditional experience and knowledge for commercial requirements. These TRC’s further gain importance owing to their local nature. Since they are located in villages they are able to identify the local needs and hence to provide solution and training for that with the scientific inputs. Since its inception, Council has successfully organized more than 40 entrepreneurship development training programmes throughout the State and have established one Mangal Turbine to solve problem of drinking water, ropeway for connectivity of hilly regions and started River bank filtration projects for providing drinking water in five towns of Uttarakhand.

The paper deals in detail the various initiatives taken by the Council to develop human resource in the State for generating revenue to the farmers in addition to their farming income, entrepreneur development programmes for setting up region specific small scale enterprises and dissemination of scientific and technological knowledge among the masses. In conclusion, we can say the EDP has greatly enhanced the technical human resource of the State and hence economic upliftment of the farmers with development of scientific temper.

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