World Wetland Day – 2019 Celebrations
Focal theme: “Wetlands and Climate Change”
Mangrove Forests of Kerala: Status and Threats, with special reference to Climate change
Seminar, Poster-making competition for college students and Poster Exhibition
Date: 09 February 2019, Saturday
Venue: Seminar Hall, MG College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
We are happy to inform you that Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) is organising World Wetland Day 2019 Celebrations supported by Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) on 9th February 2019, at Seminar Hall, MG College, Thiruvananthapuram. The programme consists of a poster making competition for college students, poster exhibition and an awareness Seminar.
Theme for poster making competition -Wetlands: Status and Challenges
We request you to nominate students from your college to participate in the poster making competition and a teacher or interested students for the seminar from your college.
Kindly confirm your participation through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (9895375211) and inform us the name of participants.
The registration starts at 9.30 am. There is no registration fee.
19-20 January 2019
Mariyumma Memorial Public School, Eram Nagar, Prabhapuram, Mannencode (PO), Pattambi, Palakkad- 679307
Since 2010, Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) has been organizing annual Children’s Agri Science Congress to enthuse children to practice agriculture and deem farming as a dignified profession. Each year, the Children’s Agri Science Congress was held with a specific theme so as to inculcate among younger generation the right understanding about the scientific and social values inherent in agriculture.
For the past 7 years, each instance of the annual event could gather growing numbers of school children from all over Kerala, actively engaging in innovative farming practices, especially in the organic farming. Child prodigies could also set exemplary models of restoring a number of bygone cooking practices using local fruits, vegetables and leaves possessed with vast nutritional potential.
The zest of thousands of enthusiastic children, and prudence of their parents and teachers were clubbed together to fetch global attention for the event. Ultimately, the Children Agri Science Congress of CISSA was conferred with prestigious Global Prize ESD Okayama Award of Japan in 2017.
Consequent to such rousing approval, Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) has refurbished its resolve to hold the event in a more impressive way, encompassing more participants from all over Kerala. Pledged to ensure the participation of almost all schools in the State for the event, we have redesigned the event as ‘Kerala School Agri Fest’ (K-SAF). Being an update and enlarged version of the previous Children’s Agri Science Congress, the impending K-SAF will have more room for accommodating the agricultural creativity of large number of schools and their students.
CISSA in association with various Government and non Governemntal organisation is organising K-SAF during 19-20 January 2019 at Mariyumma Memorial Public School, Eram Nagar, Pattambi, Palakkad.
Equip students to take up Agri Science projects
Attracting youth to agriculture
Create awareness on climate
resilience in agriculture
Creating farmer student interface
Popularize the concept of organic agriculture
The debut K-SAF will be held on the focal theme, ‘Traditional Knowledge in agriculture and climate resilience’. The ideas is to inspire the young blood to search, identify and bring to the limelight certain timeless practices in agriculture that were greatly in favour of our farmers in the past, but not so now due to heavy infiltration by modernization.
The focal theme also implies that the climate change being ubiquitous, certain bygone indigenous farming practices have got time-tested capacity to lessen the impacts on agriculture during the extremities of climate. K-SAF is optimistic of mustering enough such wisdom to understand their value in the present day, through the enthusiastic presentations of school students.
IT in agriculture
Home medicinal garden
Underutilized fruits and vegetables
Innovations in organic farming
Theme Based Presentations
This segment allows child farmers to present their experiences, innovations and convictions in a manner well defended by science. Such presentations can be either oral or poster on topics related to the focal theme or subthemes. Each oral presentation shall not exceed 7 minutes. Selection of Oral /poster presentation will be made by an expert team.
Competitions will be held in 4 categories viz. UP, HS, HSS, VHSE. Presentations by VHSE (Agriculture) will be held and evaluated separately. VHSE (Agriculture) students are expected to make in-depth presentations.
My school farm
This is a slot where students who have made exemplary agricultural accomplishments in their school can shine. The intention is to give deserving opportunity for children who have produced own way of reaping success out of agriculture. Off beat endeavours always get due attention during a presentation in this slot.
Creativity begins at home, in agriculture, too. Home can be the birthplace for many a number of imaginative initiatives, especially for children’s ventures in agriculture. Hence, this is the section of the K-SAF where child farmers are invited to present their innovative farming models accomplished successfully at their homes. It’s all the individual contributions that are gauged in this block of the K-SAF.
Design the task: Identify an exciting subject, area to be explored as well as mode of study, its duration and activities to be encompassed. It can be a survey-based investigation or virtual experimentation.
Get the guide: A guide can make your activity, farming ventures and innovations a hassle free reality. Your guide can be your teacher, experienced farmer of the locality, an agriculture officer or your beloved parents.
Project team: Project team can consist of maximum five students.
Make it recorded: Be assured that whatever you venture is well recorded – may it be in the form of tables, write-ups, photos or videos.
Analyze the data: Once you have collected all information (data), be ready for a data analysis. Right analysis of data gives you the exact information; exact knowledge leads to accurate finding. When you find something, you become able to write something in favour of or against the aspect and conclude.
Produce a report: All the above processes can be coherently presented in the form of a study report, which is rooted in science and supported by candid scientific evidences.
Get your effort valued: Ultimately your report can be broadcast at the K-SAF in the form of an oral presentation, poster display or an exhibit. In any case, the medium for presentation shall be either Malayalam or English.
Separate Competition are held for UP, HS, HSS , VHSE.
There will be a thematic exhibition arranged by the children to display their brilliance in agriculture in the form of appealing exhibits. Each school ought to be on a single theme/idea and cannot be a mix of ideas for setting up exhibition stalls. Working and still-models, Photographs and posters can be setup in an impelling way. Each exhibit shall have the capacity to speak elaborately upon its features, benefits and suitability. Candidate must have the ability to substantiate the highlight of her/his exhibit. School /Students on agricultural initiatives are preferred.
Farmer- Student interaction
The world is moving towards organic farming keeping in view the health and well being of soil, plants, animals, humans, and environment. It is imperative to have a paradigm shift from chemical to organic based agriculture. The farming information and experiences should flow from experienced and successful farmers to the younger generation who plan to take up agriculture as a profession.
An exclusive session will be organised where students are provided with an opportunity to interact with the successful farmers in different spheres.
Cultural Competitions (Based on agricultural themes only)
In fact human cultural evolutions are chiefly attributed to the beginning of agriculture. It was the social farming that led to a range of folk art forms related to farming. There are farming songs, celebrations and dance forms that well suited for all occasions from sowing to harvesting. Quite naturally, K-SAF will have the engrossing slices of such cultural forms served on the two days of the event.
There will be competitions on agricultural art forms of children as given below
Folk songs (Solo and Group), Folk dance, One act play and Short Video films (5 mts.)
Painting and Quiz
Single candidate can join for different competitions. In the event of clash of time slots, candidates should choose the item(s) of their convenience.
How to register :
Fill up the enclosed K-SAF registration form, get it attested by the head of the school and send it by email enclosed with a 300-word abstract of the presentation in Malayalam or English on or before 25 Dec 2018.
For more details contact : 0471-2722151, 9447014973, 9895375211
Address for Communication:
Kerala School Agri Fest (K-SAF 2019)
Centre for Innovation in Science & Social Action (CISSA)
USRA- 55, Udarasiromani Road, Vellayamabalam
Thiruvananthapuram- 695010, Kerala, India
- As a part of the internship project three BA LLB students of the Mar Gregorios, College of Law attached to the University of Kerala (Shri. Devatheerthan R., Ms. Kithu Anna Kurian and Shri.Akhil A. Thomas) worked on the topic “A study on the registration of Producers Organisation in India” under the guidance of Dr.C.K. Peethambaran MSc (Ag), PhD, Director of Agriculture, CISSA (Former Director of Research, Kerala Agricultural University) for the period from 17th April 2018 to 24th April 2018.
- As a part of the internship project three BA LLB students of the Mar Gregorios, College of Law attached to the University of Kerala (Ms.Seayal and Ms.Reshma Shine G.S.) worked on the topic “A study on the Water Laws in Kerala” under the guidance of Dr.C.K. Peethambaran MSc (Ag), PhD, Director of Agriculture, CISSA (Former Director of Research, Kerala Agricultural University) for the period from 17th April 2018 to 24th April 2018.
- Ms. Jeena Kabeer is currently undergoing internship on the topic “NGO activities” under the guidance of Dr.C.K. Peethambaran MSc (Ag), PhD, Director of Agriculture, CISSA (Former Director of Research, Kerala Agricultural University) from January 2018 onwards.
Awards and Recognitions
1.Best Organisation for Biodiversity Conservation- The State Biodiversity Award 2017 – Kerala State Biodiversity Board
Centre for Innovation in Science & Social Action (CISSA) has bagged The State Biodiversity Award 2017 in the category “Best Organisation for Biodiversity Conservation” instituted by the Kerala State Biodiversity Board.
2. Global Prize of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) – Okayama Award 2017
Since 2010, CISSA has been conducting annual Children’s Agriculture Science Congress. Major objective of the event is to keep those budding hearts closer to the domain of agriculture. The event also offers a golden chance for school children to engage in an enlightening rendezvous with the nature and agricultural biodiversity around them. Each leg of the Children’s Agricultural Science Congress is an engrossing way of‘catching them young’ and passing the message of agro biodiversity and its significance.
In due consideration of this programme’s far reaching benefit, 7th Children’s Agriculture Science Congress emerged as one among the two in the world to receive coveted global ‘Okayama Award’ of Japan.
3. Metro Mart’s Food Innovation Award 2018
CISSA has conducted National Banana Festival 2018, and event devised to depict the dazzling diversity of banana. The event could set a spectacular display of value added products from banana fruits and plants that could generate huge public interest on hitherto unheard benefits of banana. In due recognition of this event, CISSA was awarded with Metro Mart’s Food Innovation Award in 2018.
4. Medibiz Ayur Excellence Award 2017
Since 2012, CISSA has been organizing Global Ayurveda Festival (GAF) biennially as a tribute to the domain of Ayurveda, which is one of the ageless gloriesof India in the area of indigenous system of medicine. CISSA’s efforts were duly recognized by when GAF held in 2016 bagged prestigious Medibiz Ayur Excellence Award 2017.
5. Sresta Seva Puraskaram 2016
- Headquarters of Regional Centre for Expertise (RCE), Thiruvananthapuram, acknowledged by UN University.
- Partner organization of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity
- Partner organization of International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN)
- Partner organization of the International Year of Soils (2015)
ICT Based Awareness and Action Workshop on Electronic waste
“ICT Based Awareness and Action Workshop on Electronic waste” was organised by Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) for the teachers of 30 selected schools of Thiruvananthapuram Corporation. The workshop was organised with the support of Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment (KSCSTE), Govt. of Kerala and National Green Corps (NGC), on 27th October 2018.
Shri. K.M Dharesan Unnithan, Director, Energy management Centre, who inaugurated the workshop opined that the rapid technological advances enhances the generation of colossal amount of e-wastes and developing countries bear the brunt of such waste. Technologies are becoming obsolete at a rampant pace and the absence of extended producer responsibility, the management of e-waste has become a task. He also pointed out that the efforts to make Kerala free from the usage of CFLs and Fluorescent tubes, by replacing them with LED lights, by 2020 will make a huge reduction in the production of toxic e-wastes as well as the electrical energy consumption of the state.
Dr. Kamalakshan Kokkal, Chief Scientist and Head of Coastal and Environment division, Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment, gave the keynote address.
Technical session were handled by Shri.S.S.Nageshkumar, Asst. Manager & State Nodal Officer-E- waste, Clean Kerala Company Limited, Shri.G.Pramod, Consultant, E- waste Management, Shri.Jayakrishnan K.S, Project Manager, Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE), Shri.V.Nikhilesh Paliath, Thanal.
Dr.K.G Ajitkumar, Senior Programme officer, Kerala State Biodiversity Board presided. Er. K.P Krishnakumar, Former Chief Engineer, KWA, Er. B.V. Suresh Babu, Director, Energy & Clean Technologies, CISSA, Dr. C.S. Ravindran, Former Principal Scientist, ICAR-CTCRI, Dr.K.Murugan, Former Principal, Govt. Arts College also spoke.
INTERNATIONAL BIODIVERSITY CONGRESS (IBC 2018)
4-6 October 2018; Forest Research Institute (FRI), Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
International Biodiversity Congress call upon policies to shift to biodiversity-based Ecological Civilization to achieve sustainable development goals
The International Biodiversity Congress (IBC 2018) was organised as a joint initiative of Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA, Thiruvananthapuram), Navdanya (Dehradun), Forest Research Institute (FRI), Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE, Dehradun), Uttarakhand Biodiversity Board, Uttarakhand Council for Science and Technology, and Wildlife Institute of India (WII, Dehradun), at FRI during 4th to 6th October 2018. About 1,000 delegates and biodiversity experts from India and abroad attended the historic event at the Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. The Congress was inaugurated by the honourable Chief Minister of Sikkim, Shri. Pawan Kumar Chamling. Presenting the successful model of 100 per cent organic state and its resultant multifarious socio-economic and ecological benefits in his inaugural address, chief guest, Shri Pawan Kumar Chamling highlighted the need to exchange of the developmental models across the world with maintaining the integrity of nature besides similarity in talk and action so as to ensure conservation of biodiversity of the Himalayan state and mountain ecosystem worldwide for healthier society, cleaner and greener world.
In his broadcasted inaugural message, Hon’ble Minister of Commerce, Industry &Civil Aviation, Shri. Suresh Prabhu emphasized the role of ocean biodiversity for storage of carbon and food security.Delivering the keynote address, former foreign secretary and special envoy on climate change, Shri. Shyam Saran said that crisis situations require civilisational response.Citing various scientific reports on the consequences of environmental degradation and climate change different crisis situations cannot be treated in isolation as they are all linked in some way or the other. “We can’t deal with climate change without civilisational response at a time when we may be at the cusp of the sixth mass extinction. He added that “the current developmental strategy in India is not sustainable”.
Highlighting the role of forestry and wildlife for sustainable development, the Guest of Honour, Shri. Harak Singh Rawat,Hon’ble Minister for Forest and Wildlife, Uttarakhand talked about the deep rooted culture and tradition of Uttarakhand in conserving and maintaining the biodiversity.
Shri. Somnath Poudyal, Hon’ble Minister for Food Security, Agriculture Development, Horticulture, Government of Sikkim and Dr. V.B. Mathur (Director, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun) were present in the inaugural session.
In the inaugural session a campaign on Biodiverse Organic Himalaya was launched by the Hon’ble CM of Sikkim, the Global Ambassador of the Organic Movement, joined by women seed savers and organic leaders from Himalayan Region, Ladakh, HP, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam. This may trigger the momentum for turning all the Himalayan states towards organic farming, following the path of Sikkim.
In the plenary lectures were arranged in theme topics such as Biodiversity Crisis: Challenges & Way Ahead, Legal Framework for Protecting Biodiversity; Mountains, Ecosystem Services and Sustainability of Fragile Mountain Ecosystems; Biodiversity For Food, Nutrition & Health, Biodiversity; Climate Change and Planetary Health, and Towards Eco-Civilization Vasudhaiva Kutumbam. Twenty seven lectures were presented in the plenary session.
Five parallel sessions were conducted on 5th and 6th October 2018, where 103 participants made oral presentations in five parallel technical sessions (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Legal and Knowledge Systems, Threats and Conservation Strategies, Agro-ecosystems and Food Security). The sessions were chaired/co-chaired by eminent experts in the field.
About 410 posters were also displayed by the participants in the above referred themes on all the three days of the congress. In each team the best papers were selected for award by the chairs/co-chairs/adjudicators.
The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Shri. Trivendra Singh Rawat was the chief guest in the Valedictory Session, which was held at 3.00 pm on 6th October 2018. Shri Rawat complemented the organisers for selecting “Vasudhaiva Kudumbakam – Towards Ecological Civilization” as the focal theme of the IBC 2018, and opined that “we live in a world where pluralistic thinking and networking are essential not only for the conservation of biodiversity but also for mitigating the threats, especially from issues such as climate change. It is the rich variety of life on Earth that is essential for the welfare and prosperity of people today and for generations to come. India, as a mega biodiversity country can plan for and dream for any developmental activity only taking into account the rich biodiversity that we have, which ensures all the services of nature. It also ensures the food security, livelihood security and nutritional security of the people.
Shri B.P. Singh, Former Governor, Sikkim, and former Secretary Environment delivered the lecture on the topic “Towards building an Ecological Civilisation”. He commented that the concept of “Vasudha” and ecological civilization based on biodiversity would serve as the pillars for achieving self-sufficiency in India.
OZONE DAY CELEBRATIONS 2018
AWARENESS SEMINAR & PAINTING COMPETITION
Ozone day celebrations 2018
“Ozone day celebrations 2018” was organized by Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) with the support of Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) and National Green Corps (NGC)on 22nd September 2018 at HSS for Girls Venganoor, Thiruvananthapuram. As a part of the celebration, an awareness seminar on the theme“Keep cool and carry on! The Montreal protocol” and a painting competition for junior and senior level students were held.
The welcome speech was delivered by Shri.Renjithkumar BV, HSS for Girls Venganoor, followed by the presidential address by Dr.C.K.Peethambaran,Former Director of Research, Kerala Agricultural University. In the speech,they emphasized about the need for making people aware about the climate change.
Shri. Venganoor Satheesh, Vice President, Venganoor GramaPanchayatinaugurated the ozone day celebrations2018.“Considering the climatic change taking place in Kerala, the state should adopt a development culture focusing on the efficient use of limited resource and its sustainable conservation” said Venganoor Satheesh. He appreciated the efforts taken by the CISSA for making the event a huge success.
Shri.Hareendran Nair S, PTA President, HSS for Girls for Venganoor and Dr. CS Ravindran, Former Principal Scientist, ICAR-CTCRIdelivered the felicitation speech.
Vote of thanks for the function was delivered by Dr. P.N Krishnan,Former Scientist, JNTBGRI & Emeritus Scientist, Malabar Botanical Garden and Institute for Plant Sciences, Kozhikode.He conveyed his sincere thanks to each and every one who worked for the success of the programme.
Painting competition for students
Theme:Ozone depletion and climate change
A total of 182 students from 53schools participated for the painting competition.Out of this 84 students were from senior level and 98 students from the junior level.The theme of the painting competition was “ozone depletion and climate change”. Students were from Govt./Aided/Unaided/CBSE/ICSE/Private schools in Neyyattinkara Educational district.A panel of four judges valued the paintings and awarded the prizes. Apart from 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes, the judges recommended two consolation prizes for each categories.
Focal theme: Keep cool and carry on! The Montreal protocol
The awareness session was started with a talk by Dr.A Bijukumar, Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Keralaon the topic “ozone depletion and biodiversity”. He remarked that climate change is triggered by the harmful gases which lead to ozone layer depletion and that the state government and public should work towards environmental literacy activities. According to him, emergence of the next generation of environmentalists from school campuses is the need of the hour.
After the first session it was followed by a talk on “Montreal protocol and its impact on climate change” by Dr. P.N Krishnan. His talk was on the significance of Montreal protocol and the possible impact on the global climate change. According to him this is one of the most widely followed UN resolutions in the world. Since the present day children are the tomorrow’s rule makers and leaders, they should know in detail the importance and significance of the protocol. Several studentsinteracted with Dr. Krishnan regarding the implementation of this protocol in India and various other developing and developed countries
The next session was taken by Dr.C.K.Peethambaran,Former Director of Research, Kerala Agricultural University, on the topic “Effect of climate change on food security”.
He stressed the importance of climate change on the production and productivity of various crops in India. According to him there is going to be a drastic reduction in the production of rice and various other crops cultivated in Kerala. The temperature increases further from the present levels. The carbon dioxide level sometimes will increase the production of certain crops but it will have a deleterious effect on other crops. He also explained the various greenhouse gases and its significance in crop production.
Prize distribution- Painting competition
Cash awards, Memento, Books and certificates were distributed to the winners of the competition. Certificate of participation was given to all the students who attended the programme.
WINNERS – PAINTING COMPETITION
Prapanch A, VPS HSS for Boys, Venganoor
Akshay VA, Nazareth Home EMS Balaramapuram
Anand M.A, VPS HSS for Boys, Venganoor
Abhidev S, GHS Plavoor
Shravya SS, BharatheeyaVidyapeedom, Kurumkutty, Parassala
Anwin Xavier, Govt HSS Kulathummal, Kattakada
Varunjose S, Kannasa Mission High School Peyad
Aaradhika S.R, Govt. V & HSS, Kulathoor, Uchakada
Sidharth S, Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Kattakada
Abhi J.S, HSS for Girls Venganoor
Project entitled “On farm trial of cassava biopesticides against borer pests of banana in Kerala”-
Workshop for Banana Farmers :-
A unique workshop was organised for banana farmers into the different aspects of banana cultivation. This was organised by CISSA in association with ICAR-CTCRI at the Kalliyoor Grama Panchayat. District Panchyat Member Smt.V.Lathakumari inaugurated the workshop. Classes on topics such as the use of tapioca-based organic pesticides in banana farming and organic farming methods were held. The classes were led by the ICAR -CTCRI Division of Crop Protection Principal Scientist (Entomology) & Head Dr. C.A. Jayaprakas, Former Deputy Director, Dept of Agriculture, Govt. of Kerala Shri.N.Sreekumar and ICAR-CTCRI Former Principal Scientist Dr.C.S. Ravindran.
Estimation of Carbon Footprint in School Campuses and Creation of Low Carbon School Campus Plans for Individual Schools in Thiruvananthapuram District-
Workshop for teachers and students :-
Shri.M.Vincent, Hon’ble MLA inaugurated workshop for teachers and students in connection with the project for Creation of Low Carbon School Campus in Thiruvananthapuram District at HSS Girls Venganoor on 10th Aug 2018. He stressed the need to mitigate carbon emission by planting more trees in the campus. The havocs we human beings are wreaking to the environment due to the continued emission of carbon dioxide by indulging in various methods such as burning of plastics, deforestation, wastage of food etc. He also emphasized the need for the usage of public transport frequently.
This project is implemented by Centre for Innovation in Science & Social Action (CISSA) with the support of Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE).
Dr.Kamalakshan Kokkal, Senior Principal Scientist, KSCSTE said that Climate change due to human activities is one of the most serious problems facing the world in the 21st century. There should be no doubt over the science – the continued release ofgreenhouse gas emissions from the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, and industrial and agricultural processes will lead to severe and potentially catastrophic changes in the earth’sclimate, some of which will be irreversible.
Smt. B. Sreelatha, Headmistress, HSS for Girls Venganoor, Er. B.V. Suresh Babu, Director, Energy & Clean Technologies, CISSA & Accredited Energy Auditor, BEE, Dr.C.K. Peethambaran, Director, Agriculture division, CISSA, Smt. Deepthi Girish, Manager, HSS for Girls Venganoor, Shri.Hareendran Nair. S, PTA President, HSS for Girls Venganoor, Shri. Sunil G.S, HSS for Girls Venganoor spoke on the occasion.