Society for Technology & Development (STD) is a non-profit organization registered under the Societies Act 1860. STD was founded in 1990 by a group of dedicated and experienced professionals with background in different disciplines to undertake studies and projects in the developmental arena, with a special interest in action research towards replicable models and strategies of benefits to deprived sections having full-time personnel and infrastructure to give concrete expression to its objectives.
The objectives of Projects and studies at STD, while covering a wide range focus on the rural poor, especially on participatory field-based programmes with innovative applications of science and technology aimed at generation and demonstration of viable and replicable models and methodologies. Technology development and adaptation for rural and urban-poor receive particular attention. Activities under-taken have an interdisciplinary approach with a focus on areas of interface between science, technology and society. The organization is working towards sustainable development and rural industrialization for benefit of artisans, small and marginal farmers and other deprived sections especially women through S&T-based innovation and participatory action research.
(i) Farm sector :- On Agriculture:- Utilization of bone meal as an alternative to chemical Phosphatic fertilizers. Organic pest management in vegetable crops. On Horticulture:- Processed fruits product diversification Adaptation of low chilling varieties of apples. Trial marketing of carbonated fruit drinks (ii) Non-farm sector:- Solar Passive housing. Pine Needle Briquetting.
The field area Mandi is located in the middle of HP known as the central zone which is surrounded by the boundaries of Kullu in the north, Bilaspur in the south, Shimla in the east and Kangra in the west of Himachal Pradesh. The project field area covers mainly 2 blocks of the distt, Nagwain in Sadar, Malori and Badhyal in Ballah, on the main NH-21 of the either side, having 75 Panchayats, 500 villages covering 35,000 households and 2,50,000 population with a radius of 50 kms.