Operational objectives

To upgrade the skill, creativity & productivity of rural artisans and to provide science and technology support for value addition & quality improvement of their products by providing closer interaction with scientists, designers, technical and management experts to foster Creativity, innovation, quality consciousness & ready marketability of products.

To provide support in the design and fabrication of prototypes and machines and in the development of new products;
To develop entrepreneurs among the educated rural youth through advanced scientific training in available rural craft practices.

R&D activities
To develop tools and machineries suitable for optimization of different craft work methodology;
To create quality enhancement and quality guidance methods for different craft sector;
To disseminate technologies developed at MGIRI through modern methods of training including incubation and creation of sustainable model of technology / methodology of transfer to the artisans.

Consultancy services offered

MGIRI provides services in ‘product design and technical development’ to craft products to become globally competitive.

Training programs
Innovative designs & technical development training are given at MGIRI craft division in terracotta, metal crafts, wood & bamboo crafts, textile craft, leather craft etc.

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Networking and promotional activities
Network with the artisans and craft related institutions like:

  • Sampoorna Bamboo Kendra – Labada, Suruchi
  • Yantra Vidyalaya – BardoliGramodaya Sangh – Bhadrawati
  • Kala Ashram – Adilabad
  • Magan Sangrahalaya – Wardha
  • Rashtriya Karigar Panchayat – Wardha
  • Kaasth Kala Uthan Samiti – Saharanpur
  • Gandhi Ashram – Saharanpur
  • Shanti Sadhana Ashram – Guwahati, Assam
  • International Bamboo & Ratten, (INBAR)
  • Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India
  • DRDA, Wardha for development and branding of innovative rural craft products (‘Vardhini’)

MGIRI is also organizing web based design support to craft artisans and promotional agencies.

Workshop facilities at MGIRI
Well equipped workshop for design and fabrication of prototypes needed by various crafts.
Well equipped Digital Design Studio and Visual Lab for communication training.
A unique Artisan’s Complex to enable training artisans from different parts of India to Come under one platform to exchange skills and knowledge.

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Current development work
Further development of MGIRI’s variable speed iron rim & tyre type potter’s wheel
To develop power tools for different crafts
Development of effective processes for surface finishing of non-ferrous casted metal
Development of natural color for terracotta products
Natural colored terracotta Jewellery developed at MGIRI:

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MGIRI’s North- East initiative:
The main objectives of MGIRI’s ‘North East initiative’ are as follows:
To create opportunity for unemployed youth S&T based innovative entrepreneurial directions along with the necessary HRD guidance as part of a package of constructive programmes.
Empowering the traditional craftsmen and artisans to upgrade their skills and production methods in tune with modern imperatives by providing closer interaction with scientists, designers, technical and management experts to foster creativity, innovation, quality consciousness & ready marketability of products;
Scientists, designers, technical and management experts to foster creativity, innovation, quality

consciousness & ready marketability of products;
To indigenously develop and disseminate commercially viable technology packages by integrating traditional strength with modern methods to promote rural entrepreneurship at a large scale and in a sustainable way.
MGIRI is working towards a set of cluster projects so that the full commercial potential of the traditional wisdom of North East region could be realised. To this extent MGIRI is starting to create a special network of collaborating institutions so that the traditional crafts could be restructured into a network of micro-enterprises. In this effort it will also work with all the state governments of the region. The following are some of the recent examples:
MGIRI’s present involvement in North East at Sartebari Bell metal & brass cluster, Dist. Barpeta, Assam.
Typical products developed at Sartebari are shown below;

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MGIRI’s present involvement in North East at TRIBAC Cane & Bamboo cluster, KVIC–SFURTI, Narsingar Agartala, Tripura.;
Typical products developed at Narsingar, Agartala, Tripura are shown below;

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MGIRI’s present involvement in North East at Morey, Chandel Dist., Manipur wood work cluster.
Typical products developed at Morey, Manipur are shown below:

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The core scientific team of Craft and Engineering Division:

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