IIT Madras is helping to set up a Common Facility Center
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras Rural Technology Action Group (RuTAG) is helping set up a joint facility center to help potters in the Tamil Nadu village create ceramics that meet current consumer demand such as microwaveable cooking utensils. This initiative from IIT Madras will help the potters compete in the market and their products will have a higher market value.
Many families of traditional potters are destitute and live below the poverty line. Modern machinery will be added alongside improved skills and product training to improve not only productivity but also the pay of artisans to increase their income, IIT Madras said in a statement.
Prof. Abhijit P. Deshpande, professor in charge at RuTAG-IIT Madras, said about the initiatives: “The technological development within an institute must be pursued with a multi-stakeholder initiative. In this regard, RuTAG has coordinated with CGCRI, CSD, IOCL, government authorities and local craftsmen in order to bring out the advantages in a joint setup. “
“For technological follow-up activities, we always strive to identify the needs of the craftsmen in terms of technological solutions. Once these needs are identified, they can be communicated to faculties / students to conduct further technology development, ”he added.
On August 11th, the Common Facility Center was inaugurated in the presence of various stakeholders, including Dr. TNSRLM) Project Officer P. Malliga, Center for Social Development) Director (Kanyakumari) Dr. Bagavatheeswaran and Perumudivakkam Panchayat President Balalakshmi Venkatesan.
The Common Facility Center is expected to achieve the following results:
Encourages the adoption of similar projects in other pottery clusters across the state.
Three to four times more income for potters
The market value of integrated ceramic technology products is four times higher than that of conventional ceramic goods.
These products have a great market opportunity and are of high export quality.
Provides trainees with business opportunities through hands-on training and mentoring through training manuals.