Technology Development and Utilization Programme for Women (TDUPW)


The program is aimed to meet specific needs of women and to enhance their contribution towards technology capability building. The objectives of the programme are: 

  1. Promoting the adoption of new technologies by women.
  2. Awareness creation and training of women on technology related issues with regard to women.
  3. Promoting Technology up gradation (through technologies developed by scientific establishments) of micro, small and medium enterprises run by women Self Help Groups (SHGs)/ entrepreneurs.
  4. Showcasing of appropriate technologies developed by scientific establishments and organizing demonstration programmes for the benefit of women.
  5. Design and development of products, processes (by utilizing waste) beneficial to women.
  6. Diffusion of technologies developed by scientific establishments for reduction of drudgery and empowerment of women.

In addition to supporting projects aimed at technological interventions in women centric activities/operations, the department shall explore setting up of Skill Satellite Centres under the scheme, in areas such as mushroom cultivation, horticulture, medicinal plants, pottery, fisheries, sericulture, food processing, etc. that will be engaged in training and capacity building of local women self help groups, in collaboration with state government and other agencies. Linkages with Ministry of Women and Child Development shall be explored.


Nature of Proposals:
DSIR under its “Technology Development and Utilization Programme for Women (TDUPW)” provides assistance for those projects which are relevant to technology development and utilization by women with special emphasis to technologies developed by scientific establishments. In particular, the projects of the following nature are eligible for assistance:

  1. Technology development and dissemination, which can reduce the drudgery, lead to capacity building and economically empower women. Projects will be supported in areas like food processing, health and hygiene, nutrition etc.
  2. Use of technology to promote capacity building and competitiveness of women.

Types of Organizations:
The Organizations in the Government, non-Government sectors and professional bodies working on areas related to development/dissemination of technologies for women with adequate experience in the field, are eligible for financial assistance. Organizations seeking assistance under the programme should belong to one of the following categories:

  1. Institutions receiving annual recurring grants from the Central or State Government Agencies including the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Indian Universities, academic institutions, R&D institutions, Public Sector Undertakings, etc.
  2. Institutions registered under the Societies Registration Act.
  3. Trusts registered under Indian Trusts Act.


DSIR celebrated International Women’s Day- March 8, 2023 :

  1. On March 7, 2023, Technology Development and Utilization Program for Women- TDUPW/A2K+ scheme organized an event called "DigitAll: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality" (Download 1.97MB)pdf in honor of International Women's Day. The event brought together key stakeholders, including Principal Investigators, Implementing Agencies, representatives from food processing organizations, and women SHGs, all of whom are involved in the TDUPW Program of DSIR. Head, TDUPW/A2K+ motivated participants while sharing vision and success of DSIR-TDUPW program in empowering women by technological capacity building.
  2. Invited speakers shared their expertise on micro-finance and digital marketing opportunities for rural women entrepreneurs/SHGs. A panel discussion was also hosted during the event, wherein experts expressed their insights and experience on technology and gender equality, while sharing success stories of their Institute in increasing accessibility of digital technology and marketing opportunities to women.
  3. Moving forward, it was deliberated to create study materials and a database of trusted resources by collaborating with project managers, field staff, and experts to support the implementation of an Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) among all projects supported under the TDUPW/A2K+ program of DSIR.


Report :

Click Here for Desk report on social and economic contributions of women in Manipur 2022 (Download 2.4MB) pdf [01/06/2023]



Click Here for TDUPW Guidelines and Application Format (Download 296KB)pdf Click Here (Download 296KB)msword [27/12/2021]


Submit online application :

The “Technology Development and Utilization Programme for Women (TDUPW)” program of DSIR is launched on service Plus Platform. Organizations/ Institutes intending to apply to DSIR for financial assistance under TDUPW program are requested to submit their application online on Service Plus Portal. Those interested in submitting proposal have to register at this portal and submit the proposal online. Please read detailed instructions(Download 466KB)pdf and application format available on the portal carefully before submitting the proposal.

In addition, kindly note that non-government voluntary organizations are also required to submit Organization’s Unique ID in NGO Darpan Portal while registering at service Plus Platform for filing online application. On submission of the application online, they should take printout and get it signed by head of the institution and submit one set of hard copy along with all the annexures, attachments etc. to DSIR by Speed-post.

Click here to submit online application for financial assistance under TDUPW program.

For any other details, you may contact:
Dr Sujata Chaklanobis Dr Vandana Kalia
Scientist 'G' and Head
Room No. 541, 5th Floor, New Building
Department of Scientific and Industrial Research
Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road,
New Delhi - 110 016

Telephone: (011) 26520887, 26590655
Fax : (011) 26960629
E-mail: priya[at]nic[dot]in

Scientist 'F' and Member Secretary
Room No. 508, 5th Floor, New Building
Department of Scientific and Industrial Research
Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road,
New Delhi - 110 016

Telephone: (011) 26534912, 26590663
Fax : (011) 26960629
E-mail: vandana[dot]kalia[at]nic[dot]in

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Last Updated : 01/06/2023