Popularization of Science & Technology; development and dissemination of appropriate technologies for integrated sustainable development and enhancement of rural livelihood specially tribal / weaker sections; conservation of environmental /forest, promotion of scientific agriculture / animal husbandry, health, hygiene, literacy and Education are the basic objective of Madhya Pradesh Vigyan Sabha
Awards and Recognitions:
National Award for Science Popularization by NCSTC-Deptt. of Science & Technology(DST), Govt. of India
Best Technology Resource Centre award, Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), Govt. of India
Technology Core Group of DST, Govt. of India
Technology Resource Centre (TRC) of UNDP
Facilitation Centre and TRC of CAPART, MoRD ,Govt. of India
State Nodal NGO for Community Monitoring (NRHM) Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India
Member , State level Research Advisory Committee, State Forest Research Institute, Govt. of MP.
Member, Academic Council, EPCO, Dept of Environment, Govt. of MP
Member of Regional Evaluation Committee of NEAC - MOE, Govt. of India for 3 consecutive years
Infrastructure of MPVS:
Besides fully equipped head office with R&D/ training facilities in Bhopal it has 3 field centers in MP and 2 in CG.
Bhopal: The head office of MPVS is located in its own campus Gyan Vigyan Parisher of (70000 sq. ft ) in state capital Bhopal housing Double story office building cum training centre, Zodiac Dome of 400 sq. ft for training and demonstration hall Library having more than 12,000 books, 30 beded Hostel, Laboratory having facilities of Food quality testing, soil testing, tissue culture etc Fabrication Workshop for development of Prototype machines.
This main center focuses on R & D and training in Natural Resource Management, SHG. Tissue Culture, Micro propagation, Organic composting, Capacity building, Water and Sanitation, Science popularization, promotion of horticulture/ agriculture, soil / food testing etc.
1. Harshdiwari & Gaildubba centres at Tamia, Chhindwara (MP) :
Located in Patalkot area, this is biggest field center of MP Vigyan Sabha spread over an area of 4.2 hec. Besides fully equipped office , mini laboratory and residential training facility for 30 persons, center has Honey processing unit Flour mill , Pulvarisor, Leaf cup machine, Mini dall mil, Chironji decorticator, Brick making machine, Tile making machine ,Oil expeller, Agricultural tools & implements etc. This is also Technology Resource Centre, (UNDP) –Tamia. The center also has fully mechanized Forest Produce Processing unit and Non Edible Oil extraction unit at Harshdiwari in addition to a village sub center at Batara having Flour mill, Sprinkler, Diesel Pumps, Brick making machine, Dona pattal machine, thresher etc.
R & D cum Training cum demonstration cum in field of WADI Development, Vermi-compost, Honey/NTFP processing, Medicinal plants, Soil & water conservation, Native poultry, Mushroom cultivation, Smokeless chullah, micro-watershed management are the basic task of this center
2. Ambah Center, Morena (MP) : This center has two sub centers
(i) Food and vegetable processing unit; Shed of 1500 Sq.ft in a camps of 12000 Sq.ft having baby boiler, Pulper, siever, Steam jacketed kettle tilting, C, PP cap sealing machine, RO cap sealing machine, Super refrectometer, Potato slicer & peeler, Genset etc and
(ii) Jan Vigyan Kendra for Goattery; Office, Training hall and a shed for goats constructed in a campus of 45,000 Sq.ft.
The center caters the need of training cum demonstration cum R & D in field of Food Processing, Watershed, Goattery, poultry, alternative cropping pattern, Cost effective rural housing, Integrated development of SC community etc.
3. Karhal Center, Sheopur (MP) : The center has a campus of about 25,000 sq ft with Honey processing unit and Jan Vigyna Kendra - Bael Processing Unit having facilities from scientific harvesting to packaging as per FPO norms. Beside serving as training cum production center for Honey , Bael, Salai gum, this is used for training for village development plan, ASHA health workers etc
4.Kanker Center (Chattisgarh): Established in 1988, this one of the oldest Training cum Demonstration cum Production, center spread over about 1,00,000 sq ft. This well equipped office cum training center has fully mechanized facilities for NTFP & food processing, Vegetable tanning, Carcass utilization, Blacksmithy/Welding and holler mill.
Center works for project implementation & skill development in the field of NTFPs processing, Native Piggery, villages micro-planning , Women Technology Park, Vermi-compost, Mushroom cultivation, SHG formation etc.
5. Markamtola & Orma, Balod Center (Chattisgarh):- This center has 3 component, viz.,
(1) Pottery Center: Shed of 1500 Sq.ft. constructed in a campus of 22,500 Sq.ft. at Orma village has Disintegrator, Ball Mill, Motorized and manual Potter wheel Furjace, Jigger Jolly, Pug mill, Blunger, Pot mill etc.
(2) Fisheries Center: a campus of about 1,10,000 Sq.ft. in Markamtola village has Aerator system, Tube well, Hatchery, Brooder, Nursery – 8, Ponds, Laboratory with microscope and
(3) Bamboo Craft Center: Shed 1500 Sq.ft in 22,500 Sq.ft. campus at Baghmera village has, looms, sewing machine, tools etc.
The center operates in areas of WADI Development, Watershed development, Pond management, Fisheries, Terracotta & Glazed Pottery, Vermi-compost, SHG formation, Paddy Seed production, Promotion of SRI technique, skill development of various crafts, etc.
Sectoral Technical Input:
There are sectoral Resource Groups of eminent professional for 7 Sector, viz., Rural Technology, Health & Sanitation, Land and water management, Fisheries and Pond Management, Agriculture & Allied Sector, Natural Resource Management & Minor Forest Produce processing and Survey & research group.
Major Projects by MPVS:
In addition to its routine work, Madhya Pradesh Vigyan Sabha has conducted 47 major projects, during last 10 years , cumulatively amounting about Rs.900=00 Lakhs sponsored by as many as 17 agencies With 15 out of 47 projects costing Rs.233=00+ Lakhs, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India has been top sponsorer followed by CAPART-Ministry of Rural Development , Government of India with 8 project of Rs.62=00+ Lakhs, Forest Department, Government of Madhya Pradesh with 6 project of Rs.87 =00+ Lakhs, and NABARD with 4 projects. In term of project funding NABARD stands first with Rs.340=00+ Lakhs. Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India has also sponsored a major project of Rs.87 =00+ Lakhs for Community based monitoring of health services in M.P. UNDP contributed Rs.31 =00+ Lakhs to Technology Resource Centre at Tamia. MPVS has organized prestigious Second National Health Assembly, at Bhopal in 2007 sponsored (Rs.30.0+ lakhs) by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, ICCHN, UNIFEM, CHC-Banglore, CMAI-New Delhi, Sir Dorabji Trust Mumbai, and Aid India. MPVS have also conducted project for MP Council of Science & Technology, Bhopal, EPCO- Bhopal and Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, Kolkatta.
Role in Promotion of Technologies :
MPVS have refined and promoted technologies for
(i) Cultivation, preservation and marketing of mushroom; Cultivation/sustainable harvesting and semi processing of medicinal and aromatic plants ; Native Goattery, Piggery and Poultry Scientific Extraction in Agriculture and allied sector
(ii) Processing of Honey; Minor Forest Produce Processing (Mahual, Bael, Imli, Jamun, Aonla, Harra, Baheda, Wild Mango, Sitaphal etc,) ; Processing of Citrus fruit, mango, potato, tomato, Karonda, Aonla, Chilly, Pumpkin, Pappaya etc. in NTFP and fruit & vegetable processing sector
(iii) Tissue culture, bio fertilizer, bio-compost; Dona Pattal, rope making; Bamboo articles, agarbatti making, Sisal fibre extraction and decorative article preparation ,Terrakotta & Glazed Red Clay Pottery, Cost effective construction technology, Organic leather tanning, carcass utilization, production and marketing of leather goods, E-coli water testing kit in Natural Resource Management sector
MPVS have also developed and Improved Machines for Dona pattal making, Honey filtration and processing, Imli brick making, Millet dehusking, Chironjee decortications.
Products developed by MPVS:
Honey and Value added Products of Bael (as per FPO) have developed as business model in addition to development of several products like Triphala Churna, Mahua Kismis, Plain Mahua, Pachhak Amla, Imli Brick, Amchur Powder, Pickles, Sauces, Lemon Squash, Bel Squash, Gova Squash, Jam Jelly, Jamun Sirkka etc.
Major ongoing programs:
MPVS has 4 ongoing major
Small and Medium Enterprise development for three forest divisions of Chhindwara distt covering resource, market and institutional assessment, enterprise development and business model development sponsored by M.P. Forest deptt. under UNDP-GEF
Optimization and Expansion of Production System for Non Edible Oil Seeds (NEOs) and Optimum Capacity Utilization for enhancing livelihood of Tribal People at Harshdiwari Cluster, Tamia Block, Distt. Chhindwara under AICRP Phase-2 Sponsored by DST, New Delhi
100 WADI development program at Tamia block, distt. Chhindwara Sponsored by NABARD
Dry land farming, Soil testing for indigenous cultivation, Bael based Products, Improved paddy cultivation, Improved technology for sustainable honey harvesting, processing and packaging, Honey filtration Unit designed by MPVS sponsored by DST, Govt. of India under Core grant project
In addition to above ongoing programs MPVS have taken initiative for 6 future programmes, viz., Technology Application for livelihood improvement of scheduled caste population (TALIM-SC) through DST- Govt of India: Watershed development through NABARD; WADI promotion under TDF- NABARD; Honey training and kit making through MFP Federation, Gov. M.P. Mahua based Enterprise development; Formation of paddy and gram seed production society