Center for Rural Development and Innovative Sustainable Technology was established in 1975 with the aim of becoming an outreach centre of IIT Kharagpur to address challenges confronted by rural communities and to improve their quality of life. The centre has made significant achievements in Intensive Crop Farming, Forestry, Horticulture, NTFP-based crafts, Women and Child Welfare programmes etc. The Centre has 06 eminent faculty members, who are highly committed towards holistic rural development. The infrastructure includes Chemical & Bio-chemical Laboratory, Repair & Fabrication Shop, Experimental Farm & Medicinal Plant Nursery, Field Station & Crafts Training Centres at Kharikamathani and Khariduara Mushroom Shed & Apiary Unit. The sponsored projects undertaken by the centre include Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, Participatory Forest Management Project, Tribal Development Project, Integrated Rural Energy Planning, Agro-Climatic Regional Planning, Lignocellulosics based liquid and gaseous biofuels (bioethanol, biobutanol, biomethane, biodiesel) and by-product utilization leading to zero-wastes process/product development.