latest news

Pooja represented engINdia at EWB-UK's annual conference on February 20th. She had the chance to meet several of engINdia student researchers in the UK. She reports that it was an absolutely inspiring experience to witness what they've accomplished so far. Check out engINdia's poster here.

Pooja also gave a talk at EWB-Rutgers in New Jersey on February 28th, focusing on informing students about engINdia's mission and how they can get involved. View her presentation here. You can also contact us if you're interested in having engINdia give a talk at your EWB chapter. We love meeting interested students and getting the word out, so please don't hesitate to shoot us an email!


engINdia Vision
Increase awareness of challenges in developing countries, enable more people to become engaged in these areas, and encourage communications and idea sharing among geographically dispersed areas.

what we do

engINdia provides project descriptions, supporting information, and local contacts for the rural village Pabal, India, to enable students to work on sustainable development projects without requiring in-country travel.

engINdia also strives to…
  1. Ensure projects are sustainable by encouraging students to work with contacts within Pabal
  2. Put students in different locations in touch to share information
  3. Share information and solutions with a local NGO in Pabal
  4. Help students interested in visiting Pabal to arrange logistics and travel
  5. Create an online resource for students and professionals working on sustainable development
engINdia exists to promote appropriate and sustainable engineering solutions in developing areas. The organization focuses on Pabal, Maharashtra, a rural village in India located 80 miles east of Mumbai. Pabal is home to Vigyan Ashram, an educational institution that focuses on rural technologies. The existence of Vigyan Ashram and Pabal's proximity to Mumbai made it the perfect starting point for engINdia.

The Design Challenges posted on this site are project ideas created based on input from the villagers of Pabal. The solution to each Challenge will alleviate a technological need in Pabal and help to increase the quality of life for the villagers.

Have a look at the links at the left to find out more about what we do and how you can get involved. You can also go straight to the list of Design Challenges that we collected in Pabal or view media from our expedition. Students and villagers who are working on Design Challenges should check out the Current Researchers page for information on how to stay involved with engINdia while working on projects.

If you have any questions or feedback please email us at

how engindia began

engINdia is a partnership between 6 students from the University of Cambridge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB). The team lived in Pabal during the summer of 2005. There, the engINdia team worked with Vigyan Ashram and the local community to gain an understanding and appreciation of the development issues faced by rural India which could be tackled through engineering.

During the expedition the team surveyed the attitudes of the local community and the rural technology available to the reigon.  This included speaking to villagers from a wide variety of professions, age groups, and religious back grounds. The team engaged community members of both genders, as individuals and in groups. The team witnessed emerging, successful and unsuccessful development projects while conducting its own research.

The expedition was approved and partly funded by the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) and officially recognized by Cambridge University.