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Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA),  headquarters of the Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE), Thiruvananthapuram, acknowledged by the UN University is starting a community club of the Toast Master’s International at Thiruvananthapuram.

The club will be beneficial to Employed and unemployed persons, Business Community, Housewives, Professionals and Students who would like to improve their communication and public speaking skills.

Currently Toast Master International operates in 116 countries with about 13000 clubs having a total membership close to 2,70,000. This has benefitted more than 6 million members including students.

If interested contact: Ph:0471-2722151, 9497501812, email:

World Environment Day 2018 Celebrations

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World Environment Day 2018 Celebrations

Focal theme: Plastic Pollution

Seminar on Reducing Plastic Footprint in Campuses: The Ways Ahead

11 June 2018, Monday

Dept. of Botany, University College, Palayam, Thiruvananthapuram

Dear Sir,

We are glad to inform you that Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) with the support of Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE), is organizing a seminar on Reducing Plastic Footprint in Campuses: The Ways Ahead to celebrate the World Environment Day 2018 on 11 June 2018 at Dept. of Botany, University College, Thiruvananthapuram.

We cordially invite you to participate in the programme.

Yours faithfully,

Dr.C.Suresh kumar

General Secretary, CISSA



9.30 am                           : Registration

10.00 am                        : Inauguration

Welcome                     : Dr.K.Murugan, Director (Administration), CISSA

 Presidential Address   : Prof.B.Ramakrishnan, Head, Dept. of Botany, University College

 Inauguration               : Adv. V. K. Prasanth, Hon’ble Mayor, Municipal Corporation of Thiruvananthapuram

 Felicitation                  : Dr.P. Harinarayanan, Senior Scientist and Coordinator Wetland Technical Unit & KSCAT, KSCSTE

 Vote of thanks             :Dr.C.K.Peethambaran, Director(Agriculture Division), CISSA

10.30-10.45 am           : TEA BREAK

10.45 am -1.30 pm       : Technical sessions

Dr. R. Ajaykumar Varma, Technical Advisor to Haritha Keralam Mission, Govt of Kerala

Dr. Achuthsankar S Nair, Head, Dept of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, University of Kerala

Dr.A.Bijukumar, Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Kerala

Interactive Session

Valedictory Function

(For more information: 0471-2722151,9895375211)


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2 & 3 June 2018, CET, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

The Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) recognized by the United Nations University (UNU) and the Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) will organise EnviroMUN on 2 June 2018 at the College of Engineering, Trivandrum campus. The programme is being organised in association with Bhoomitrasena, the environment club of CET.

The programme will be organised on the lines of Model United Nations (MUN), which is a simulation of the actual proceedings of the UN with an aim to educate and make the participants aware of the UN and its working, as well as the socially, politically and environmentally relevant issues pertaining to the world.

EnviroMUN is being organised to make participants aware of the pressing problems of nature. An attempt at engaging young minds with global environmental challenges like climate change and encouraging them to think at the global level, the EnviroMUN will inspire delegates to think outside of the box and instigate them to come up with creative solutions. The programme will also instil a sense of commitment to carry out sustainable youth projects.

The programme will have students from all over India posing as the delegates of various countries. They will debate and discuss environmental topics which are of prime importance to the society and the world.

Registrations –

RCE Thiruvananthapuram




National Technology Day 2018 Celebrations

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National Technology Day 2018 Celebrations

Seminar on Technological Advances in Sustainable

Transportation – Electrical Mobility and Use of Renewable Energy

Date: 14 May 2018 

As part of National Technology Day 2018 Celebrations, Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA), organized a seminar on “Technological Advances in Sustainable Transportation – Electrical Mobility and Use of Renewable Energy in partnership withAgency for Non-conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT), Government of Kerala on 14th May 2018 at the Conference Hall of ANERT, Thiruvananthapuram. This programme was sponsored by Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE).

The experts presenting papers in the seminar opined that the future transportation will be electric vehicles.  The switch from petroleum based transportation to electrical must be linked in such a way that the energy used for electrical vehicular transport must be from renewable energy. Otherwise net result will be reduced pollution in cities while increased demand for conventional energy will result in more emissions from power plants.

 Smt.PadmaMahanti, IFS, Director,Dept. of Environment & Climate Change (DoECC), Govt. of Keralainaugurated the National Technology Day 2018 Celebrations. The presidential address was delivered by Dr.R.Harikumar, Director, ANERTEr.Binuja Thomas, Senior Scientist, Kerala State Council for Science, Technology & Environment (KSCSTE), Dr.C.K.Peethambaran, Director, CISSA,Dr.K.Murugan, Director, CISSA spoke on the occasion.

Technical sessions were handled by Er.A.M.Narayanan, Head, Energy Efficiency, Energy Management Centre, Kerala(Electric vehicles and Government policy),Er.B.VSureshbabu, Accredited Energy Auditor-BEE, Ottotractions(Environment, climate and economic impacts of electric transportation system)Er.Sabu V.R, Associate Professor, Automobile Engineering, SCT College of Engineering (Evolution of Electric Mobility) and Shri.Sriram R Rajeev, Mahendra Electricals (Electric vehicles for mass transportation and personal use)




Earth Day 2018 Celebrations

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Earth Day 2018 Celebrations

Theme – Go Green Go Clean

Quiz competition for students and public lectures

The Earth Day 2018 celebration was organised by  Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA), supported by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India on 28 April 2018 at the Gandhi Bhavan, in Thycaud, Thiruvananthapuram. The programme consisted of quiz competition for school students and public lectures.

Quiz Competition

The quiz competition was organised for students of Primary, Secondary and Senior Secondary levels from different schools in Thiruvananthapuram District, Kerala.

A total of 40 schools participated for the quiz competition. During the primary screening a written examination was conducted. Based on the marks received top five teams from each category were selected for the quiz competition for primary, secondary and senior secondary levels. Each team consisted of two students.

Dr.C.K.Peethambaran, Former Director of Research, Kerala Agricultural University was the quiz master for the Primary level students, Er.Suresh Babu BV, Accredited Energy Auditor, BEE was the quiz master for the Secondary level and Dr.K.Murugan, Former Principal, Govt. Arts College, Thiruvananthapuram conducted the quiz competition for the Senior  Secondary  level.

The subject areas covered in the quiz competition were

  • Primary Level             – Natural resources
  • Secondary Level             – Energy resources
  • Senior Secondary Level – Global warming and its effects


Primary Level


Hrudasree R Krishnan and Diya V.S, Christ Nagar International School


Devanandanan A.S, Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Kattakada


Adarsh S.M and Nandana R.K, Bharatheeya Vidya Peedom Central School, Parassala

Consolation Prize

Nallachithan G, Santhigiri Vidyabhavan Senior Secondary School

Arya Devi J.L and Akshay V.V, St.Theresa’s Convent GHSS, Neyyattinkara

Secondary Level


Hrudaya R Krishnan and Hrudayesh R Krishnan, St.Thomas HSS


L.S. Nandan and Surya Nandha R, Bharatheeya Vidya Peedom Central School, Parassala


Adheena S.S and Sivarenjini G.B, Prem Nazir Memorial Govt. HSS, Koonthalloor

Consolation Prize

Abhimanya M.S and Akash K.S, Bharatheeya Vidyapeedom Kurumkutty

Nandha Gopan G, LV HS Karoor, Pothencode

Sreehari J.R, GHSS Navaikulam

Senior Secondary Level


Anoop A.S and Sanjay Krishna S.J, Govt.HSS, Kulathummel, Kattakada


Arunima L Sathyan, Govt. Girls HSS Neyyattinkara

Harishma Hari, GHSS Bharathanoor


Abhisek L.S and Vaishnav S, Victory VHSS, Olathanni, Neyyattinkara

Consolation Prize

Devika C.S and Gayathri S.S, Bharatheeya Vidyapeedom Central School, Parassala

 Public Lectures:

As a part of the programme two public lectures were also organised.

  1. Dr.K.P.Thrivikramji, Former Head of the Department of Geology, University of Kerala

Dr.Thrivrimji introduced the subject of mineralogy to the students. He also explained in detail the role of different minerals in the human activities. The ill effects of overexploitation of natural resources and its harmful effects on future generation was also an area covered in the talk. The green house effect and the role of students can play in mitigating its ill effects by the student community was also dealt in detail.

  1. Dr.C.K.Peethambaran, Former Director of Research, Kerala Agricultural University

He gave a lecture on the focal theme Go Green Go Clean. According to him, people must be educated on low carbon initiatives and encouraged to decrease their carbon footprint. People must come forward to create and preserve greenery all around them. They must also adopt green fuels and lifestyle that does not harm the environment.

The programme was attended by school children’s, parents, teachers and public. After the lecture there were also interactive sessions with the experts and audience.

Internship Programmes

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 Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) Thiruvananthapuram



 Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) Thiruvananthapuram acknowledged by the United Nations University located in the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot works proactively with community stakeholders to integrate Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) across all aspects of education and learning. RCE Thiruvananthapuram focuses on creating platforms and opportunities for strategic thinking and knowledge exchange in the areas of biodiversity, traditional knowledge agriculture, disaster management and energy conservation. RCE Thiruvananthapuram located in the south Indian state of Kerala has pioneered several initiatives and works along with the community, youth and decision makers to bring strategic improvements in all fields of sustainable development.


 RCE, Thiruvananthapuram is involved in the following projects from which the interns can choose according to his/her interest.

  1. Conduct scientific study and document on socio-ecological changes of Vellayani Lake

Vellayani lake is the second largest freshwater lake in the State. At present, the lake is being ravaged by pollution and large-scale reclamation. The Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (the parent Organisation of RCE), is involved in studies pertaining to the following subjects. The interns can select the area of interest from the following topics that are listed below.

1.1 A study on the Historical and Cultural Perspective of Vellayani Lake

1.2  Environmental Issues and Degradation of the Lake Ecosystem

1.3 Lake and Sustainable livelihoods of stakeholder

1.4 Conservation and Management Action Plan

1.5 Biodiversity

  1. To conduct a study on the working of NGOs with special reference to CISSA
  2. To conduct a study on the livelihood patterns of Tribal Communities in different Panchayats in Trivandrum District.
  3. Documentation of International and National rules and regulations on Organic Agriculture with special reference to International Trade.


→ Final report with the compilation of all assignments undertaken during the internship period.



Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

→be enrolled in a second university degree programme (Master Degree)

→be enrolled in any academic year of a first university degree programme (Bachelor Degree)

→have graduated with a university degree

Field of study:  policy, education, climate change, sustainable development, economics,  law, social sciences or related fields.


→  Proficiency in  written and spoken English

→ Knowledge of local language would be an asset.


→ The interns will be under the supervision of  specific project  Coordinators.

→ Internship Programme does not provide financial support to interns. The costs associated with the internship must be borne by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and will have to make his/her own arrangements for accommodation, travel, etc.

→The duration of the internship is one month, with the possibility of extension. The intern will be required to bring their own laptop.


The application should contain :

→ Current and complete CV along with a brief covering letter.

→Request from the Head of the Institution for those who are currently enrolled in any of the educational institutions.

Send your CV along with covering letter to the following email address: with subject ‘Internship- Application’.

For further queries contact

Internship Co-ordinators

Dr.P.N.Krishnan,  Director of Projects, CISSA (Emeritus Scientist, Malabar Botanical Garden) (Ph: 9447037415)

Dr.K.Murukan, Former Principal, Govt. Arts College, Thiruvananthapuram (Ph: 9447077895)

Office: 0471-27225151


International Biodiversity Congress 2018, 4-6 Oct, ICFRE, Dehradun

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International Biodiversity Congress 2018

The UN General Assembly declared the period 2011-2020 as “United Nations Decade on Biodiversity” to promote the implementation of a strategic plan on biodiversity and its overall vision of living in harmony with nature. It is also a period in which the governments have to take concerted efforts to achieve “Aichi Target” or the 2011-2020 Strategic Plan of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) for addressing the underlying causes of biodiversity loss, reduce the pressures on biodiversity, safeguard biodiversity at all levels, enhance the benefits provided by biodiversity. The importance of biodiversity and ecosystems is therefore reflected in many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets.

In the Anthropocene, however, the trends of habitat loss, over exploitation, invasive alien species, pollution and climate change coupled with the ever-growing demand of bioresources continue to threaten the functioning of our life-sustaining biosphere. As the very functioning of life in the planet centers around biodiversity and the ecosystem services and livelihood security offered by it, the loss and destabilisation of the web of life hurt us in multiple ways.

Living in harmony with nature has been an integral part of Indian culture. This has been abundantly reflected in a variety of traditional practices, religious beliefs, rituals, folklore, arts and crafts, and in the daily lives of the Indian. Our cultural identity is deeply rooted in our biological environment. Therefore, this era demands collective action, from global to national to local levels towards biodiversity conservation and education, deeply rooted in our ecological civilizations, with a strong philosophical thinking on conservation. The concept of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” inscribed in Maha Upanishad, which means ‘the world is one family’, is essentially the Indian philosophy towards living in harmony with every living being in the planet, and an appeal towards undertaking a transformation from industrial civilization to biodiversity civilization, a human civilization strongly rooted in biodiversity consciousness.

In this context, the International Biodiversity Congress (IBC 2018) is being organised as a joint initiative of Navdanya, Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA), Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Uttarakhand Biodiversity Board and Uttarakhand Council for Science and Technology, with the support of various international and national governmental and non-governmental organisations. IBC 2018 will be held at Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), Dehradun during 4-6th October 2018.

IBC 2018 is organised in Dehradun, the capital city of the Himalayan state Uttarakhand, where ecology is highly synonymous with the cultural practices. Further, IBC is being organised during the Wildlife Week (2-8 October) celebrations in India, starting with Gandhi Jayanti, the birth day of the birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who always propagated the idea of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.