A very important aspect of MCRC's research activities has always been the ultimate aim of applicability and implementation. In this context, livelihood improvement has been the primary goal of all initiatives undertaken by the Centre. To best achieve this, MCRC has been constantly interacting with rural communities to understand and identify their areas of concern, following this up with technological interventions that always have a solution-oriented approach. The technology is first tested in the lab, then under field conditions, and then is finally taken to the rural areas, implemented, and periodically monitored for impact assessment.
Focusing on practices that are easy to adopt, it has also been top priority to
provide information and awareness, empowering rural communities with skills and expertise to achieve self-sufficiency. With this end goal in mind, the Centre's activities, right from invention to translation on ground, have benefitted small and marginalized farmers in several villages of Tamil Nadu, thereby uplifting their socio-economic status.
Recognising the Centre's R&D activities at state and national levels, funding from various Government agencies have been received. Council of Advancement of People's Action and Rural Technology (CAPART) under the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India has recognized MCRC as a Technology Resource Centre (TRC) and provided funds exclusively for dissemination of Rural Development Programme. The Centre has been provided with a long term Core Support Programme (CSP) from Science for Equity, Empowerment and Development (SEED) Division of Department of Science and Technology for last 10 years to deploy the developed technologies in appropriate locations for the benefit of communities in the rural villages, leading to an improved quality of life and socio-economic empowerment. From indigo cultivation and biomass charcoal briquette making, to biochar, humic acid or fortified Panchagavya preparation and conducting training programmes and workshops, the Centre's development-led activities span a diverse range of initiatives.
The Centre was also nominated as Regional Resource Agency to establish DNA clubs in various schools at Puducherry and Karaikal by the National Bioresources Development Board, Department of Biotechnology, GoI.