The objects for which the Society is set up are:
(i) to acquire the activities, programme and assets of two Societies namely People’s Action for Development (India) [Registration No.4433] and, Council for Advancement of Rural Technology [Registration No.12945] and all or any of the belonging, funds, rights, privileges, obligations and contracts of the said two Societies which as on the date of registration of this Society shall be deemed to have been amalgamated and merged into this society;
(ii) to encourage, promote and assist voluntary action in the implementation of projects for the enhancement of rural prosperity;
(iii) to strength and promote voluntary efforts in rural development with focus on injecting new technological inputs in this behalf;
(iv) to act as the national nodal point for coordination of all efforts at generation and dissemination of technologies relevant to rural development in its wider sense;
(v) to act as a catalyst for development of technology appropriate for the rural areas, by identifying and funding research and development efforts and pilot projects by different agencies and institutions particularly voluntary organizations;
(vi) to act as a conduit for transfer of appropriate technology to Government Departments, public sector undertaking, cooperative societies, voluntary agencies and members of public to encourage adoption of modern techniques and appropriate technology in rural development;
(vii) to act as a clearing house of information and data bank;
(viii) to disseminate knowledge on rural technology to manufacturers of machinery tools, equipment and spare parts so that large scale production of technically improved machinery etc. is carried out in the private cooperative and public sectors;
(ix) to promote aid, guide, organize, plan undertake, develop, maintain and coordinate projects / schemes aimed at all round development, creation of employment opportunities, promotion of self-reliance, generation of awareness, organization and improvement in the quality of the life of the people in rural areas in general and of the economically and socially handicapped as also those who are physically, orthopedically and visually handicapped and mentally retarded in particular (as amended of Article 3(ix) of Memorandum of Association and Rules of CAPART regarding Priority treatment of physically, orthopedically and visually handicapped persons alongwith SC/ST and freed Bonded Lavourers approved by the General Body in its meeting held on 07.07.1995).
(x) to assist and promote programmes aimed at conservation of the environment and natural resources;
(xi) to strengthen existing institutions of research and develop or set up institutions, so that national level institutions on matter of purely or largely rural interest are built up;
(xii) to collaborate with other institutions, associations and societies in India or abroad including concerned international agencies – constituents of the U.N. system interest in similar objects;
(xiii) to conduct or sponsor training programmes, conferences, lectures and seminars on rural development activities of particular interest to women, with an accent on improved technologies appropriate to their role in rural development.
(xiv) to conduct or sponsor training programmes for trainers, particularly in the voluntary sectors, so that improved technology is disseminated to participants in development in the rural areas;
(xv) to conduct or sponsor training programmes / seminars, workshops and meetings to promote interaction between government agencies and voluntary agencies working in the field of rural development and technology;
(xvi) to carry out research studies, survey, evaluation and the like on the use of appropriate technology and to offer fellowships, scholarships and prizes in furtherance of the objects of the society;
(xvii) to prepare, print and publish paper, periodical-monographs and books in furtherance of the objects of the society; and
(xviii) to do all other such things as the society may consider necessary, incidental or conducive the attainment of its objectives;
(xix) to create awareness amongst rural people and provide a series of escort services to them through the NGOs on matters relating to Intellectual Property Right (IPR) issues in the context of WTO and assist them by protecting rights and all matters connected therewith.
(As amended vide Notification No.I-25011 /1997-PC dated 13.04.2005 issued by Ministry of RD)