The Himalayan Research Group (HRG)
The HRG a non-governmental organisation set up by the qualified and dedicated likeminded professionals to achieve the sustainable development of mountainous regions in June 1997. HRG aims to bring economic prosperity to the local communities in an eco-friendly manner with application of scientific innovations and technology transfer. Ensuring active participation of people is the key to success of HRG programmes over the past eight years. HRG has taken several initiatives at the grass roots level ranging from technology driven community empowerment to conservation of biological diversity. Professional and motivated team of HRG has been instrumental in introduction of innovative technology models of button mushroom cultivation, medicinal and aromatic plants cultivation, vermicomposting, low cost polyhouse fabrication, floriculture, fodder and feed development and rural entrepreneurship activities in rural areas of Himachal Pradesh. Success of the initiatives is mainly attributed to the unique efforts of bringing in technology refinement and commercialisation component to the domain of a non government organisation. HRG is the only non government organisation with distinction of having a research and development facilities with well established technology extension network at the community level.
HRG has a well equipped research lab and office at Shimla. The field activities are carried out through its regional centre at village Dhangiara in District Mandi of Himachal Pradesh.
Keeping in view the grass roots initiatives for the development of rural communities, Department of Science and Technology, Science for Equity, Empowerment & Development (SEED) Division, Govt. of India, selected HRG, Shimla for long term prestigious CORE SUPPORT programme in August 2005.