Shri A.M.M. Murugappa Chettiar Research Centre (MCRC), Chennai is a non-profit research organization, established in 1973 and registered under the Societies Registration Act of 1860. MCRC is recognized by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Government of India, as an independent Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (SIRO). MCRC was a Technology Resource Centre for CAPART, Govt. of India and continues to strive for Excellence in Rural Development under Department of Science and Technology (DST) Core Support Programme.
MCRC has three campuses, two of which viz., the Science Centre and the Technology Centre, are located in Chennai to carry out research activities and technology development, respectively. These campuses are situated near the Chennai's knowledge hub, which includes Indian Institute of Technology Madras, IITM Research Park, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research laboratories, Anna University, CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI), University of Madras (Guindy and Taramani Campuses), National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research, Central Polytechnic Campus, Chennai etc., enabling our researchers to interact and collaborate with them. The third campus - Agriculture Centre located at Vadakadambadi, near Mahabalipuram about 50 km south of Chennai is a field station to test our research findings before deploying at various project sites in Tamil Nadu.
Since its inception, the Centre has brought together many scientists, engineers, technologists and other like-minded people from several partner NGOs and SHGs to find sustainable solutions for the farming and rural communities. In addition to this, conservation of natural resources, health and hygiene for students of schools and colleges are also advocated through a wide range of hands-on training programmes and workshops to create.
MCRC strives to develop sustainable solutions using appropriate science and technology interventions with key focus areas of Food, Energy and Environment for the Development (FEED) of rural India. To realize this goal, the Centre has been working on research programmes that focus on minimization of chemicals and water use in agriculture, effective utilization of bioresources including microbials and creating wealth from waste for development of eco-friendly products.
MCRC is managed, on a day-to-day basis, by its Chief Executive Officer along with Chief Scientist, Research Advisor and the Administration Manager as a management team. This team is, in turn, ably supported by a multi-disciplinary group of Scientists and personnel in Accounts, Extension and Technology Transfer. The Senior Scientists supervise and manage younger Scientists, Research Scholars, Project Fellows, Interns and Technicians assigned to ongoing projects. The non-technical group includes administrative personnel.
The research team with its expertise in Biological, Agricultural and Allied Sciences constantly keeps interacting with experts from other disciplines including Chemistry, Engineering, Computer & Information Technology, Economics and Sociology to remain effective in interdisciplinary subjects, coming up with innovative solutions.
The Centre and senior scientists are recognized by University of Madras as research supervisors for guiding Ph.D. programme in Energy, Bio-energy and Biomass for Rural Development.
MCRC operates within an annual budget duly approved by Board of Governors for capital and revenue expenditures to ensure financial discipline. Further the operations and accounts are audited by external chartered accounting firms. The progress on research activities are reviewed rigorously by quarterly meetings of a Technical Review Committee.