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Ananthapuri Jackfruit Festival and Food Fiesta

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Ananthapuri Jackfruit festival and Food fiesta, a week-long festival of jackfruit tastes will be held from 14-20 August 2019 at EK Nayanar Park (Putharikandam Maidan). The event is organized by CISSA in association with Metro Mart. A brochure speaking on the attractions in stock with the impending event was formally released by the minister for food and civil supplies, Shri. P. Thilothaman. 

Farmer Producer Company

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In a landmark step, CISSA with the support of NABARD has formed a unique Farmer Producer Company, christened Harithodhayam Farmer Producer Company in Thiruvananthapuram.

The company has got the entire district as its jurisdiction. It’s first priority will be to popularize tuber crops including tapioca and arrowroot, besides tapping the economic benefits contained in the local fruits and vegetables. CISSA will continue as the Producer Organization Promoting Institution (POPI).

Already around 200 farmers from Karakulam and Aruvikara panchayats have joined the initiative as share holders. Formation of the company is a true fruition to the hard work the CISSA team has exerted in the grassroots. Formation of a farmer producer company is in fact a mission for enhancing the income for farmers through value addition and scientific marketing of their produces.

Low Carbon School Campus Programme

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Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) with the support of Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) has conducted a detailed study for implementing Low Carbon School Campus Programme in Bharatheeya Vidyapeedom Central School, Parassala, Thiruvananthapuram. This project aims to assist schools to reduce their carbon footprint and educate the students-tomorrow’s leaders about strategies for climate change mitigation using their schools as a model. Smt.Salooja VR, President, Block Panchayat, Parassala inaugurated the programme on 15/7/19 at BVPCS, Parassala.

Banana Farmers Association

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For the first time, Kerala’s banana farmers have came together and constituted an association of their own for taking up and redressing the issues they have been suffering for long. It was on 14th July 2019 that banana farmers including veterans having decades of experience in the field got together to form Banana Farmers Association (BFA). Paving way for the formation of such an organization was the relentless efforts exerted by Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) that organized the first ever National Banana Fest in Kerala last year.

Low Carbon School Programme

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Low Carbon Campus Programme is one of the initiatives of CISSA to promote the concept of Low carbon life style by minimising carbon emission in the environment and by sequestering carbon by trees. CISSA has already conducted low carbon studies in different institutions in Kerala. Based on the studies the institutions have been categorised into carbon negative, carbon neutral and carbon positive. Thus this initiative aims to achieve 13th goal of Sustainable Development Goal namely Climate action.

Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) with the support of Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment, Govt. of Kerala has conducted a detailed study for implementing Low Carbon School Campus Programme in HSS for Girls Venganoor, Thiruvananthapuram.

This project aims to assist schools to reduce their carbon footprint and educate the students-tomorrow’s leaders about strategies for climate change mitigation using their schools as a model.

Er.Suresh Babu BV, Director, Energy & Clean Technologies Division, CISSA presented the results of the project to the staff, students and parents of the school.

Shri.Vincent, Hon’ble MLA inaugurated the programme on 12th July 2019 at HSS for Girls Venganoor, Thiruvananthapuram. The increasing level of carbon dioxide should be reduced by not burning garbage, by using solar energy, reducing the electricity consumption and by planting more number of trees – he said.

Carbon rating certificate of HSS for Girls Venganoor is handed over to the School by the Hon’ble MLA.

Smt. Sreelatha Devi, Headmistress, HSS for Girls Venganoor presided and Shri.Hareendran Nair. S, PTA President, HSS for Girls Venganoor welcomed the audience. Shri. Sunil G.S, HSS for Girls Venganoor delivered vote of thanks. Shri.Somaraj, HSS for Girls also spoke on the occasion.

World Environment Day 2019

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Celebrating World Environment Day 2019, Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA), in association with Dept. of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries, University of Kerala, with the support of KSCSTE, organised a Seminar on Pollution Reduction for Combating Climate Change and Inter Collegiate Quiz on Environment on 20th June 2019 at Dept. of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries, University of Kerala, Karyavattom, Thiruvananthapuram. The theme of WED 2019 is Air Pollution.

The programme was launched with tree planting by Dr.Katharine A Owens, Associate Professor, University of Hartford, USA, followed by World Environment Day messages by eminent persons in the field of environment and biodiversity viz.,Dr.A.Biju Kumar, Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Kerala, Dr.A.G.Pandurangan, Former Director, JNTBGRI, Dr.C.K.Peethambaran, Former Director of Research, KAU and Dr.K.Padmakumar, Former Pro Vice-Chancellor, Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies.

Following WED messages, three lectures were delivered:
i.Marine Debris with special reference to plastics in water bodies 
Dr. Katharine A Owens, Associate Professor, University of Hartford, USA & Fulbright Nehru Fellow, University of Kerala.
Dr Katherine spoke on the marine debris issue which is not discussed in India in detail and the need for a stronger policy for managing marine debris from India, and more concerted awareness programmes to highlight the issue.


Dr Katherine spoke on the marine debris issue which is not discussed in India in detail and the need for a stronger policy for managing marine debris from India, and more concerted awareness programmes to highlight the issue.

ii.Air pollution and Human Health 
Dr. Sureshkumar C, Consultant, Govt. Taluk Hospital, Parassala
He exposed the audience to the various types of air pollution and its impact on human health. He stressed the need of Extended Product Responsibility in reducing the air pollution.

iii.Energy audit in academic institutions
Er. Suresh Babu B.V, Accredited Energy Auditor, BEE, Govt. of India
He explained the pollution with various types of energy used in homes, educational institutions and industries and energy audit.

After lunch, Inter Collegiate Quiz on Environment was conducted in University of Kerala and 15 teams from Kerala and one participant from Odisha participated in the event. The preliminary round of the completion was conducted by Dr.Survana Devi and a total of six teams were selected for the final round. Dr.A.Biju Kumar, Professor and Head of the Dept. of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries, University of Kerala was the quiz master for the final round. The winning team received mementos, books and certificates.

Quiz winners
First prize
Ms.Sreya P S and Ms.Aiswarya T.P, ACCER, Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur

Second Prize
Ms.Aswani S.B and Ms.Meenakshi, Dept. of Economics, University of Kerala, Karyavattom

Third Prize 
Ms.Anusha AS, Dept of Zoology and , Ms.Vishnu Mahesh A.S, Dept of Political Science, University College, Palayam, Thiruvananthapuram

Chemical Safety and Sustainable Development Goals

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Date: 10th July 2019

Venue: The Institution of Engineers(India) Kerala State Centre, Opp. to Kanakakunnu, Thiruvananthapuram

Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) and Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) Thiruvananthapuram acknowledged by United Nations University in association with Institution of Engineers (India)- Kerala is organising an Interactive Seminar on ‘Chemical Safety and Sustainable Development Goals’ under the aegis of ‘Campus Leaders for Sustainable Development’.

Out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals except ‘No Poverty and Quality Education, all the others are linked to Chemical safety. As India is facing consequences of Industrial and Vehicular Pollution at an extreme level, it’s high time we initiated awareness programmes and implemented action plans to curb the menace.

The Keynote address will be delivered by the Chief Guest Mr. Sathish Sinha, Associate Director, Toxics Link, New Delhi. The programme will be conducted at the Institution of Engineers Hall, Vellayambalam, Thiruvananthapuram on 10th July, 2019 at 3 pm.

E waste – Stakeholders Meet & Workshop on Safe & Systematic Collection Mechanisms

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Date : 10th July 2019

Venue: Thiruvananthapuram

Centre for Innovation in Science & Social Action (CISSA) with the support of Kerala State Council for Science, Technology & Environment (KSCSTE) proposed to organise “E- Waste: Stakeholders Meet & Workshop on Safe & Systematic Collection Mechanisms” on 10th July 2019 at Thiruvananthapuram.

The workshop will be attended by representatives of 30 partner schools where CISSA is implementing a project on E-waste Management, stakeholders in E-waste Management System, representatives of concerned Government organisations, NGOs and Academic Institutions.

Shri. Satish Sinha, Associate Director, Toxics Link, New Delhi will be the Chief Guest on the occasion.

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