Inclusive Manufacturing Forum (IMF) is a formal body created at NIAS in April 2017 in collaboration and active participation with IISc and Cranfield University (UK). Inclusive Manufacturing hasthree major dimensions (a) It should enable participation of people from all strata of the society, especially those who have been marginalized so far, including rural, poor, under-privileged, specially-abled, women and senior citizens. (b) It should use appropriate technologies including high technology, which should be environmentally friendly and efficient, reducing drudgery while creating new jobs/incomes. (c) It should provide access for people to all parts of the technology/product/solution lifecycle.
The first ideation meeting of Inclusive Manufacturing Forum (IMF-2017) was held at NIAS during 6 – 8 April 2017 attended by over 100 thought leaders from India and abroad. The deliberations of IMF-2017 are hosted on our website (www.inclusive-manufacturing.org
) for larger dissemination.