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Institute of Applied Systems and Rural Development (IASRD)’s primary objective is to act as a catalyst in promoting development of rural areas through applied systems and appropriate technologies.

Since its inception in 1982, IASRD has been engaged in development programs ranging from formulation and training of Self Help Groups and their development into micro-enterprises, promotion of Bio-Diesel, Environment Protection, Afforestation Programs, Village Electrification through exploitation of Solar Energy and Bio-Mass based Gassifier, Conservation of Natural Resources, Women Empowerment, Skill Development and Awareness Programs on Climate Change and Clean Ganga Mission.

At IASRD it has been our endeavour to contribute towards restoring and protecting Mother Earth a unique and only known planet which supports life. Our concern for people and our planet manifests through our various awareness campaigns on environment conservation, creation of documents and reports on various emerging issues impacting our environment like report on mitigating the air pollution in NCR caused by burning of Parali, restoring and protecting Himalayas by preventing forest fires, reports on Van Dhan Vikas Kendras in Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Gujarat and other states.

We have also been in forefront to bring together various stakeholders on a common platform on current issues pertaining to environment.

The Institute has also organized three International Conferences on Solar Energy in collaboration with ASSOCHAM, ICMEI, SMC Global Securities and NEC Technologies Limited.

IASRD has also organized 11 seminars on Bio-Fuel & Green Energy for Sustainable growth and its Impact on Climate Change in 11 states in a series.

9 Awareness Programs have been organized for School Children on Climate Change and Clean Ganga Mission at 9 districts in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

The Institute has already implemented a project in Uttarakhand to electrify a remote off grid village at Lamgarha block in Almora District based on utilization of Solar Energy.

IASRD undertakes field studies and preparation of Project Proposals in areas of Sustainable Development.


The main objective of Institute of Applied Systems and Rural Development (IASRD) is to act as catalyst in promoting development of rural areas through applied systems and appropriate technologies. Since its inception in 1982, IASRD is engaged in varied developmental programmes ranging from fomulation and training of Self Help Groups under Swaran Jayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojna (SJGSY) and their development into micro enterprises, propogation of Jatropha plantation & promotion of bio-diesel thereof, environment protection, afforestation programmes,domestic lighting through solar energy in off-grid areas, conservation of natural rsources,adult education, women empowerment and health, particularly family welfare, amongst others.





The Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi launched the Van Dhan Scheme on 14th April 2018 during the celebrations of Ambedkar Jayanti at Bijapur, Chattisgarh, emphasizing the important role of value addition in increasing tribals income. The objective of Van Dhan Yojana (Vikas Kendra) is to provide skill upgradation and capacity building, training and setting up of primary processing and value addition facility Kendra. Under Van Dhan Vikas Yojana, Self Help Groups of Tribal gatherers are constituted. They are then trained and provided with working capital to add value to the products, which they collect from the jungle. Working under the leadership of Collector these groups can then market their products not only within the States but also outside the States.

In this context Institute of Applied Systems and Rural Development (IASRD) together with ASSOCHAM proposes to setup a Model Tribal Development Centre under Van Dhan Yojana in different states.


India has 104.2 Million tribal population which as per Census 2011 constitutes 8.6 percent of the total population of the country. About 93 per cent of them live in rural areas and are engaged in agriculture and allied activities. The socio-demographic statistical data reveal the disadvantaged position of the STs compared to other category of population. The literacy rate among the STs in India is 63.1 per cent (NSSO, 2010), which is lower than the national literacy rate i.e. 72.8 per cent (Census, 2011). Majority of the ST population is engaged in unorganized sector without any job security.


The primary objective of setting up the Van Dhan Vikas Kendra is to pursue the following:

-- To preserve and enhance the traditional knowledge and practices of the tribal society.

-- To offer a state-of-art integrated research facility in the field of bio-technology to increase productivity of local resource.

-- To organize training programmes for the local people to improve traditional practice and arrest the decline.

-- To map the bio-diversity of the area and evolve a people-centric framework for patenting the local bio-resources.


Prevention of Forest Fires in Himachal and Uttarakhand by Collection of Hazardous Dry Pine Needles

Forest fires are natural phenomena that occur in summer months covering the period from 15th February to 15th June every year. It is called as fire season in the states. It is learnt that major cause of forest fire is the pine needles. As a preventive measure the Forest Department engages local people to collect the pine needles and disposes them for industrial use. This year the fire has occurred on a very big scale. It has covered both the states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. In Uttarakhand alone the forest fire has engulfed 10 out of 13 districts and as reported has destroyed nearly 2000 hectare of green coverage. In view of the seriousness of the forest fire which not only destroys green vegetation but endangers wild lives and human habitation causes colossal national economic loss and ultimately increases Global Warming that leads to Climate Change and resultant natural calamities.

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Study  on Air Pollution in Delhi & NCR Due to ineffective Parali Management

Air Pollution is a serious public health hazard and is the 5th largest killer in the Country. India tops the list of countries with Air Pollution related deaths. In 2015, due to air born diseases 1.81 million people died in India. In Delhi NCR elderly people & children are most affected by serious illnesses caused by air pollutants that pervade the air people breathe, resultantly, 30000 people prematurely die every year. The severe Air Pollution during last year is a proof of criticality caused by burning of Paddy Stubbles. Air pollution not only affects health of the people negatively but involves spending of huge public funds on remedial measures. It is estimated that health cost due to air pollution is 8 times that of Government fuel subsidy in the country. Hence adoption of alternate Parali Management strategies is in the best interest of all Stakeholders. Institute of Applied Systems and Rural Development (IASRD) have conducted a Study on Air Pollution in Delhi NCR due to ineffective Parali Management.

The study has intensively touched upon various factors which are responsible for burning of Parali particularly in the State of Punjab and Haryana. In these States the mechanization of agriculture particularly harvesting of Paddy crop through Combine Harvester has led to open field burning of paddy straw. Although Paddy is produced in 20 states of the country but the straw burning cases are hardly reported from these States because they adopt traditional methods of harvesting.

The study has brought out an effective procreative alternate to check parali burning. The alternate is to generate electricity either at existing Thermal Power Stations or through Parali based Gassifiers setup at village level. The later alternate is cost effective, sustainable could be installed and commissioned within a very short time. The Gassifier Plants besides generation of electricity will help in keeping the village clean, as heaps of garbage lying on the side of village roads & domestic waste could be used along with Parali as fuel “Under Swatch Bharat Mission”. The Plant will generate opportunity to involve people of the village in Plant operation, maintenance processes and value addition activities in accordance with “Jan Bhagidaari Mission”. It will help in building up of the Capacity for value addition of the village produce resulting into doubling of the farmer’s income by 2022 announced by the Prime Minister. Generation of electricity through Gassifier may also open up vast investment opportunities in rural areas.


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