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Ramananda Tirtha Institute's bid to transfer technology

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HYDERABAD, DEC.19. The Swamy Ramananda Tirtha Rural Institute, located in the historic Bhoodan Pochampally mandal of Nalgonda district, is setting up two laboratories as part of a Centre for Transfer of Technology, with the lab-to-land concept.

M.N. Reddy, chairman of the institute, told The Hindu on Sunday that of the four laboratories proposed two--one each on biotechnology and renewable energy--would be established shortly. While the biotechnology lab will have an investment of Rs.25 lakhs, the one on renewable energy, being funded by the UN, will cost Rs.6 lakhs to 7 lakhs. Orders for the equipment had already been placed.

Weavers' suicides

A scientist who has worked in Antarctica, Mr. Reddy said an office of the institute, which may be upgraded into a university by the Government, has been opened here. Experts have already started working. On the cards are two more laboratories--textile designing and groundwater.

According to Prof. Reddy, the aim of putting up the textile designing unit was to check the rising trend of suicides among weavers who are hit by heavy debts, lack of employment and marketing for their produce.

The unit would strive to provide a regular means of livelihood for the beleagured weavers.

He recalled that at a recent seminar conducted by the institute on "Renewable energy sources" experts in solar technologies had provided valuable inputs on water heating systems, cooker and drying relating to food processing.

The laboratory on renewable energy hoped to fill the gap in the maintenance system of the gadgets.

Although proven technologies are available lack of service facility and proximity to customers is creating an adverse impact on popularising the technologies, Prof. Reddy pointed out.

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