RDI-HIHT has been empanelled as National Key Resource Center (NKRC) by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Government of India under the aegis of Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) program as of July 2017. The main objective of KRC is to build capacity, create awareness, promote community behaviour change process and encourage appropriate technology for sustained toilet use along with solid and liquid resource management to achieve the goal of attaining 100% Open Defecation Free (ODF) status in rural areas. This is joint project with the Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), a United Nations body devoted exclusively to sanitation and hygiene.
NKRC would provide support to States/Districts for a comprehensive and sustained capacity building, reorientation of different stakeholders, disseminating knowledge and information, documenting best practices, study and research, ODF verification etc. The program will endeavour towards adopting a holistic approach in addressing training and capacity building issues. KRC will facilitate knowledge upgradation, skills and attitudes of the government functionaries at various levels, PRI representatives, master trainers and other stakeholders. It will equip the trainees intellectually and professionally for carrying out the assigned responsibilities in an effective and sustainable manner. Also, it will keep personnel up-to-date on the new technologies and innovations and enhancing professional knowledge and skills needed for better performance of individuals and organizations through National/State Level Residential Training and State/District Level Workshops.