Self - reliance through eco-friendly entrepreneurship

St. Joseph’s ATC-RRTC, Umran from its inception has 15 years of experience in executing natural resource management projects, action research projects with a specific focus on natural resource management projects and livelihoods promotion projects in Meghalaya.

St. Joseph’s ATC-RRTC also actively worked/working at village level especially in Ri Bhoi District, West Jaintia Hills and South Garo Hills District of Meghalaya covering 17 villages under Umling Block in Ri Bhoi, 14 villages in West Jaintia Hills and 12 villages in South Garo Hills Districts of Meghalaya.

St. Joseph’s ATC-RRTC has implemented number of projects in partnership for implementing rural development projects in the state of Meghalaya:

i. Improvement of Income and Rural Development in the Ri Bhoi District of Meghalaya (2005-2009): Funded by BMZ, Germany through Jugend Dritte Welt, Bonn.
ii. Sustainable Farming Practices through Organic Agriculture in Ri Bhoi District of Meghalaya (2004-2009): This project was supported by Caritas Denmark.
iii. National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP) (2007-2011): This was World Bank funded ICAR project in consortium mode, operated all over India since 2007.
iv. Diversion Based Irrigation Service (DBIS) project (2009-2012: The ‘Diversion Based Irrigation Service’ (DBIS) was the first project of Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT), Mumbai to St. Joseph’s ATC-RRTC, Umran, implemented in partnership with AFPRO Task Force, Guwahati. The project has aimed at improvement of livelihood and food security of the rural farmers by increased supply of irrigation and drinking water through gravitational flow.
v. DB Tech Job Oriented Courses in Hospitality (Beverages)
vi. Persoh-Jaintia TDF (2011-2016): The Persoh-Jaintia Project was financed by Tribal Development Fund of NABARD and implemented by St. Joseph’s ATC-RRTC, Umran in 14 villages of Namdong area.
vii. CTC Formation and Preparation of Master Trainers (MRDS-LIFCOM)
viii. Capacity Building Programme of Bee Keepers: In collaboration with Tribal Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Limited (Trifed), Zonal Office Guwahati
ix. Rural Self-Employment Training Institute (RSETI) of State Bank of India (SBI) programme was inaugurated at St. Joseph’s ATC-RRTC, Umran on the 20th of August 2009 in the presence of Meghalaya Government Officials, SBI and NABARD Officials. RSETI programme is still going on and is a joint venture of SBI and NABARD in collaboration with St. Joseph’s ATC-RRTC, Umran, to impart training programmes which will create self-employment to the rural unemployed youth of the Khasi Hills Districts of Meghalaya. Roles of Banks were/are to sponsor the candidates and bear the cost the training programme. St. Joseph’s ATC-RRTC played/plays the role of service provider. Secondly, the banks were/are to see that the trainees get loan from any nationalized banks to start their enterprise after the training programme.
x. Pilot Project on ‘Augmenting Productivity of identified Lead Crops through Adoption of Sustainable Agriculture Practices’ in Cluster of 20 villages of three Revenue Blocks viz. Raid Marngar, Raid Umwang and Raid Kharpati in Ri Bhoi District of Meghalaya and funded by NABARD
xi. Under ‘Apiculture Mission’ St. Joseph’s ATC-RRTC in collaboration with DCIC and MIE is implementing ‘Skills Upgradation Training on Beekeeping for the beekeepers of Meghalaya’ and St. Joseph’s ATC-RRTC is carrying out the entire ‘Skills Upgradation of Beekeepers of Meghalaya’ program at St. Joseph’s ATC-RRTC, Umran. From 30th July 2013 to 17th July 2015, St. Joseph’s ATC-RRTC has completed 81 batches of Skills Upgradation training programme for Beekeepers, consisting of 1913 Beekeepers (both male & female) from various districts of Meghalaya.


1. The Demonstration Farm: St. Joseph’s ATC-RRTC runs a self sustaining farm with various demonstration units. The farm is a declared ‘Rural Technology Park by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), New Delhi


• Family Units with Integrated Farming
• Horticultural Farm
• Agri-Horti Nursery
• Floriculture Demo areas
• Spices cultivation & experimentations
• Apiary & Honey Production Unit
• Organic Vegetable Productions Plots
• Fishery Demo Ponds
• Poultry, Piggery and Dairy Units
• Herbal and Indigenous Medicinal Plants Nursery
• Water and Soil Conservation Demo sites
• Agro-Forestry plantation

2. The Director of RRTC awarded:

Fr. Cyril Tirkey, the former Director was honoured with triple award at different occasions: ‘Bharat Jyoti Award’ for his achievements and ‘Vikas Rattan Award’ for his commitment to social service and ‘Best Citizen of India Award’ by India International Friendship Society. The Bharat Jyoti Award was given on the occasion of Global Friendship Day on 2nd January 2009 at a glittering function held at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
3. St. Joseph’s ATC-RRTC conferred the Ground Water Augmentation Award:

St. Joseph’s ATC-RRTC, Umran, Ri Bhoi District, Meghalaya has been conferred the “Ground Water Augmentation Award”, on the occasion of World Water Day on March 22, 2011 at New Delhi by the Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India, for Adopting Innovative Practices of Ground Water Augmentation through Rain Water Harvesting and Artificial Recharge.

Mr. Vincent Pala, Honourable Minister of State for Water Resources handed over the award consisting of a citation, certificate and cash award to Fr. Cyril, the former Director of St. Joseph’s ATC-RRTC, Umran in the presence of Mr. Salman Kurshid, Honourable Minister of Water Resources.

4. St. Joseph’s ATC-RRTC, Umran houses Meghalaya’s first ‘Rural Self-Employment Training Institute’:

Another ray of hope has sown for the rural unemployed youth: Meghalaya’s first ‘Rural Self-Employment Training Institute’ (RSETI) came into existence in the glittering ceremony at St. Joseph’s ATC-RRTC, Umran at 10:30 am on 20th August 2009. The function was graced by honorable Principal Secretary of Meghalaya Mr. Barkas Warjri, I.A.S. RSETI’s goal is to create entrepreneurs of rural unemployed youth by providing skills training, entrepreneurship development and other soft skills. The programme is been co-funded by SBI, NABARD and Ministry of Community and Rural Development. Mr. Augustine Syiemlieh, the LDM was appointed the Director of the Institute.


St. Joseph’s ATC-RRTC, Umran has the experienced of 15 years in supporting natural resource management projects/livelihoods development projects. Around 20000 farmers and young people especially the school dropouts got trained from RRTC, Umran on various Skills training on Agriculture and allied income generation activities during these past 17 years.

St. Joseph’s ATC-RRTC is also provided/providing support services for implementing watershed development projects and NRM projects/Livelihoods Promotion Projects:

The following are the Partners in Development:

i. Meghalaya Institute of Entrepreneurship (MIE)
ii. Directorate of Commerce and Industries, Govt. of Meghalaya
iii. Department of Soil and Water Conservation
iv. District Fisheries Department
v. District Horticulture Department
vi. District Agriculture Department
vii. District Veterinary Department
viii. NABARD
ix. State Bank of India (SBI)
xi. Meghalaya Rural Bank (MRB)
xii. SELCO Solar Incubation Centre, Bangalore

St. Joseph’s ATC-RRTC, Umran has carried out the entire ‘Skill Upgradation of Beekeepers of Meghalaya’ at RRTC, Umran in collaboration with Directorate of Commerce & Industries and Meghalaya Institute of Entrepreneurship under the Apiculture Mission, Govt. of Meghalaya. The program started on the 30th July 2013. Upto 17th July 2015, St. Joseph’s ATC-RRTC completed 81 Batches of Skills Upgradation training for Beekeepers, comprising 1913 Beekeepers from various districts of Meghalaya-INDIA.


St. Joseph’s ATC-RRTC, Umran is networking with all the Government Departments of Meghalaya and with different states of Northeastern India for imparting various Skills training on Livelihoods promotion activities, especially to farmers and young people who are school dropouts.
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