Rural Needs :
Work at the Institute has not only benefited urban-oriented, large-scale industry. The importance of bringing technology to rural areas to enable a more equitable sharing of the fruits of scientific development between rural and urban areas is understood well by the scientists at the Institute.
SuTRA (Sustainable Technologies for Rural Areas) have found that oil from oilseeds of pongamia or honge trees could be a diesel substitute in diesel engines. The oils obtained are low cash out-flow options for the farmers since they grow the trees in their lands. Therefore the oil fueled engines could meet the requirements for irrigation, water pumping, food processing and any home industries in the villages. In fact villages can be net exporters of this energy resource after being self sufficient to meet their requirements. Thus oil from tree borne seeds should provide affordable energy supplies in rural India.