Shri A.M.M. Murugappa Chettiar Research Centre (MCRC), a non-Governmental Voluntary Research Organization, was established in 1973 as a division engaged in research on photosynthesis and energy at Taramani, Chennai 600 113, Tamil Nadu, India. The Centre was initiated by Late Dr. C.V. Seshadri with a vision to take the scientific developments to the rural mass.
The research Centre has been working on devices and technologies for rural application eco-friendly technologies to combat pollution. Resource utilization, recovery and management are the major areas concentrated by scientists in MCRC. Many of the devices and technology packages are eco-friendly and are dovetailed with local needs. Simple technologies have also been designed for the use of local artisans.
MCRC is recognized by Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization to conduct research in various areas and is approved by University of Madras, Chennai to offer Ph.D. programmes in the areas of Energy, Bioenergy and Biomass for Rural Development.
MCRC's efforts have been supported by various funding agencies worldwide, including DST, DBT, MNES, CAPART of Government of India to carry out research and rural development programmes.