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The National Research Development Corporation, a Public Sector Enterprise (PSE) functioning under the administrative control of Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science & Technology, was established in 1953 as a Section 25 company under the Indian Companies Act as a sole technology transfer organization in the country with the objective of promotion, development and commercialization of technologies.  The activities of the NRDC are given below:-


      Development and Commercialization of Technologies

    • Technical evaluation of the technology.
    • Licensing of technologies to companies and end user organizations.
    • Providing grants for development of Technologies to R&D laboratories for setting up pilot plants to validate or scale-up laboratory processes prior to commercialization.
    • Participation in equity of early stage ventures.
    • Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) consultancy to R&D Institutes and Corporates.
    • Export of Indian technologies / know-how and services.
    • Execution of turnkey projects abroad based on indigenous technologies


       Promotion and commercialization of Inventions

  • Awarding meritorious inventions
  • Assisting inventors in patenting and commercializing their inventions.
  • Popularization of science highlighting inventions by bringing out magazines “Invention Intelligence” (bi-monthly) in English and “Awishkar” (monthly) in Hindi.
  • Promotion & Development of Household & Rural Technology
  • To identify, prove and demonstrate selected rural & household technologies.
  • Assisting in commercialization of selected rural & household technologies.
  • Assisting inventors in patenting and commercializing their inventions.

    Promotion of Export of Technology
  • Projecting India as a source of technology.
  • Providing Patent Protection to promote export of major Indian products & technologies by filing patents abroad.
  • Participation in international exhibitions, workshops, seminars, symposia.
  • To prepare catalogues, brochures, multimedia CDs of the technologies suitable for export
  • Carry out Knowledge Management System (KMS), wherein a group of experts evaluate the technologies and suggests further modifications for value-addition to technologies in order to make them more competitive in the domestic / international market.
  • To prepare feasibility reports and basic engineering design packages for the facilitation of licensees.

         Dissemination of Information on Technology Transfer

  • Providing information on indigenous and foreign technologies to industry.
  • Organizing training programs related to Technology Development and Transfer.
  • Participating in exhibition, publishing periodicals, arranging audiovisuals to popularize indigenous technologies, both at home and abroad

    The Corporation during its operation over the last 50 years has transferred hundreds of technologies to several thousands of entrepreneurs/industries. The Corporation has transferred technologies in almost all sectors of science ranging from Agriculture, Agro and Food, Chemical and Fertilizer, Building materials, electrical and electronics, Mechanical, Drugs & Pharmaceuticals, Bio-technology etc. Although the Corporation was set up to commercialise the technologies generated by public funded Research Institutes mainly CSIR, it realized the importance of the technologies developed by the various universities/technical institutes, Corporate R&D Centres of both private and public sectors, Industry Research Associations, Research Institutes of Central & State Governments, other Ministries, etc. The Corporation’s continued efforts to export Indian technologies and services has enabled to export the technologies to entrepreneurs both in the developed as well as the developing countries like USA, Germany, Malaysia, Burma, Nepal, Senegal, Indonesia, Madagascar, Philippines, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Brazil and Bangladesh etc. Its cumulative efforts yielded signing of about 4500 license agreements from nearly 2000 technologies assigned to it. 

         Administrative Set-up of the Corporation

The Chairman & Managing Director of NRDC is Dr. H. Purushotham. He is administrative head of NRDC and on all matters of policy and administration reports to Secretary, DSIR.

         Telephone nos. Office : 29241212

        The Secretary of Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) is Dr. Girish Sahni.
        Telephone nos. office :+91-11- 23710472, 23717053, 23731832

       The Hon'able Union Minister of Science and Technology and Ministry of Earth Sciences is Dr. Harsh Vardhan, 
       Telephone nos. office :+91-11-22096894  

       The Hon'able Minister of State of Science and Technology and Ministry of Earth Sciences is Shri. Y. S. Chowdary,       
       Telephone nos. office : +91-11-26146049, 26152934