The Rural Technology Park was initiated at NIRD campus in the year 1999. The infrastructure developments like construction of roads and technology stalls were started from the year of 2002-03. The RTP has been established in an area of 65 acres of land envisaged as an instrument for transfer of technologies to the villages through dynamic approach. The Executive Council and the Ministry of Rural Development had approved the proposal to set up the RTP and had specifically indicated that efforts should be made to associate the private sector by setting up of relevant technologies in the park. As NIRD has ‘total capability’ it can supplement and reinforce the organizations like CAPART, KVIC etc., as an umbrella forum, to accelerate transfer of technologies through collaborative networking for promoting sustainable rural development.
To serve as a catalyst to accelerate wide dissemination of appropriate and affordable technologies to the rural poor for increasing productivity and enhancing quality of life, thereby enabling the community to move towards sustainable development, The Vision envisaged for rural development is clear. Its achievement is only possible by taking bold initiatives, supported by sound strategies and comprehensive and effective pro-active action plan.