Appropriate Technologies Dissemination
Appropriate Technologies Centre, Sundernager, District Mandi Himachal Pradesh.
The Council has established an Appropriate Technology Research, Development & Promotion Centre [ATC] at Govt. Polytechnic, Sundernagar in 1995 for the development and propagation of appropriate technologies in the State.
ATC has propagated a number of technologies for hilly areas namely water mills (gharats), hydrams, ferro cement, low cost housing, earth quake resistant & solar passive housing etc in the State. The Centre has done commendable work in popularising greenhouses construction in Himachal Pradesh. So far more than 400 greenhouses have been installed by the Centre in the farmer fields in the State. The Centre has created facilities for training and capacity building of manpower for propagation of the technologies in remote areas of the State. Farmers use these greenhouses for growing nursery and vegetables during winters.




Building Centre
The Council has catalysed setting up a Building Centre at ATC, Sunder Nagar in collaboration with HUDCO to promote low cost & environment friendly building construction technology.
Training of Rural Artisans
Training workshops are organised in Appropriate Technology Centre to enhance their income generation potential out of these technologies.
Rooftop Rain Water Harvesting Technology
A rain water harvesting tank installed in a village
Rain Water Harvesting structure
The Council constructed 100 rooftop rain harvesting structures using ferro-cement technology on demostration basis in the State. It conducted technical review and prepared a document on the designs of ferro-cement technology through an expert team supported by UNICEF. The Council has organised trainings for engineers, masons and NGO's. The Council also provides technical assistance for installing roof top rain water harvesting structures.
A Policy on rain water harvesting has been framed by Govt. of H.P. an Council's initiative.
Ground Water Development
The Council has assisted IPH Department, HP in identification of ground water potential sites for installation of Handpumps. Trainings and demonstration on maintenance of handpumps has been organised. The Council provides consultancy on ground water exploration.
Use of Bio-fertilizer
Use of Bio-fertilizer Prolonged use of synthetic nutrients cause irreparable damage to the soil health. Council initiated training programmes to popularise the use of bio-fertlizers among the farmers of the state.
Use of Pine-needles and Lantana biomass as a Fuel
Lantana an obnoxious weed is growing abundantly in the state and pine-forests are available in bulk in many districts which cause forest fire during dry and summer season. Council is trying to propagate the integrated use of the bio-mass by converting into briquettes which are used as fuel in special designed stoves/Chullahs
Briquettes Making by mahila volunteers in Fatepur Block, Kangra, HP

State Council for Science, Technology and Environment, HP