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Workshop on E-waste Management

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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 a Workshop on E-waste Management 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.

World Environment Day Celebrations 2019

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Seminar on Air pollution reduction for Combating Climate Change – Saving Lives

Date: 20th June 2019

Venue: Dept. of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries, University of Kerala, Kariyavattom, Thiruvananthapuram

Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) in association with Dept. of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries, University of Kerala is organising a “Seminar on Air pollution reduction for Combating Climate Change – Saving Lives” as part of World Environment Day Celebrations on 20th June 2019, at Dept. of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries, University of Kerala, Kariyavattom, Thiruvananthapuram. The programme is supported by Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE).

National Level Training Programme on Plant Taxonomy and Biodiversity

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08-12 July 2019, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Centre for Innovation in Science & Social Action (CISSA), headquarters of RCE Thiruvananthapuram acknowledged by UNU is propose to organise  a five day National Level Training Programme on Plant Taxonomy and Biodiversity from 8th  to 12th  July 2019 at Maria rani Centre, Sreekariyam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. The programme is designed to offer training and basic understanding on the principles and practices of plant taxonomy and biodiversity to the teachers, research scholars and post graduate students. This will come under the fulfilment of UN Sustainable Development Goal 04.

Applicants are requested to send their brief resume along with registration form duly filled in with registration fee as per the due date mentioned in the brochure. Only 40 candidates will be admitted on first-cum-first serve basis.

We request you to circulate among the teachers, students and those who are interested in plant taxonomy.

For any queries please contact Dr.A.G.Pandurangan, Advisor (Biodiversity & Environment), CISSA (Former Director, JNTBGRI ) Mob: 9446422458; Email: cissabiodiversity@gmail.com.

World Wetland Day 2019 Celebrations

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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 (cissabiodiversity@gmail.com) or phone (9895375211) and inform us the name of participants.

The registration starts at 9.30 am. There is no registration fee.

Kerala School Agri Fest (K-SAF 2019)

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Date:

19-20 January 2019

Venue:

Mariyumma Memorial Public School, Eram Nagar, Prabhapuram, Mannencode (PO), Pattambi, Palakkad- 679307

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Kerala School Agri Fest 2019- Brochure

Kerala School Agri Fest 2019- Registration Form

Kerala School Agri Fest- General Rules

History

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.

Event

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.

Aims

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

Focal Theme

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.

Sub-Themes

Agro biodiversity

IT in agriculture

Cow-based agriculture

Home medicinal garden

Underutilized fruits and vegetables

Innovations in organic farming

Components

Project/Paper presentations

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.

            My farm

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.

Guidelines

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.

Exhibition

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

Email: schoolagrifest@gmail.com

 

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

 

Internship Programme

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April 2018 – March 2019

Student name Institution Guide Topic
Ms.Akshaya S Nair and Mr.Sreegopish V.S

(First year B.Com LLB)

Mar Gregious College of Law, University of Kerala Dr.C.K  Peethambaran, Director, Agriculture Division, CISSA Biodiversity laws
Mr.Rohan Thomas

(Plus One)

St. Johns Model Higher Secondary School, Nalanchira Dr.C.K  Peethambaran, Director, Agriculture Division, CISSA Waste Management

(E-Waste rules)

Mr. Prashanth Sreenath and Ms.Archana S

(First year, MBA Entrepreneurship and family Business)

Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai Er.B.V.Suresh Babu, Director, Energy and Clean Technologies, CISSA NGO Operations Management- Case study of CISSA
Mr.Abdul Basith P.P

(First year, B.Com LLB (Hons)

Jamia Millia Islamia Central University, New Delhi Er.B.V.Suresh Babu, Director, Energy and Clean Technologies, CISSA Waste Management

(E-Waste)

Mr.Gautam D

(First year, BA LLB)

St. Joseph’s College of Law, Bangalore Er.B.V.Suresh Babu, Director, Energy and Clean Technologies, CISSA Waste Management

(E-Waste)

Ms.Mischelle Claara Jose

(I year, BA LLB)

St. Joseph’s College of Law, Bangalore Er.B.V.Suresh Babu, Director, Energy and Clean Technologies, CISSA Low Carbon School Campus
Ms.Pallavi Kamalini Nair (Final year, MA in International Peace Studies) University of Peace, Costa Rica Dr. A. Biju Kumar, Vice President, CISSA Women leadership in Environmental Movements
Dr. Raihana Jabbar

(First year, Master of Public Health-MPA)

Prasanna School of Public Health, Manipal Academy of Higher Education Er.B.V.Suresh Babu , Director, Energy and Clean Technologies, CISSA Waste Management (Biomedical- Mercury in dentistry)
Ms.Sangeeta Dharmarajan

(First year, BA History)

Madras Christian College, Chennai Shri. Ajith Venniyoor, CISSA Biodiversity (Historical and Cultural Perspective of Fresh Water Lake)
Ms.Asiya B.S

(First year, BA LLB)

National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi Shri. Ajith Venniyoor, CISSA Biodiversity (Historical and Cultural Perspective of Fresh Water Lake)
Ms.Hamna A.H

(First year, MA Development)

Azim Premji University, Bangalore Dr.P.N Krishnan, Director, Ecology & Biodiversity, CISSA Biodiversity (Livelihood Tribal Communities)
Mr.Kannan R Nair

(Second year, MA in Politics and International Relations)

Pondicherry Central University Dr.Sureshkumar.C, General Secretary, CISSA Science Popularisation (Contribution of Science and Technology based NGOs working in Kerala)
Ms.Abi Mol R,

Mr.Rijo M and Ms.Swetha. S

(MBA)

School of Management, College of Engineering (CET),  Thiruvananthapuram Shri.N.Sreekumar, Director of Rural Development, CISSA Marketing of organic produces
Ms.Divya Viswan and Ms. Ansia Saly S

(MBA)

School of Management, College of Engineering (CET),  Thiruvananthapuram Er.P.Vijayachandran, Director, RCE CSR Initiatives
Ms.Ritu Lis Manuel, Mr.Sankaranand B and Ms.Vithya S

(MBA)

School of Management, College of Engineering (CET),  Thiruvananthapuram Er.B.V.Suresh Babu , Director, Energy and Clean Technologies, CISSA Energy Efficiency in Public Building
Ms.Geethu Sekhar,

Ms. Kajal C.P and

Ms. Raveena S Anand (MBA)

School of Management, College of Engineering (CET),  Thiruvananthapuram Er. Biju, Secretary, CISSA Standard operational procedures forWaste Management
Mr.Arjun Abraham (First year, B.A. Economics Honors) Christ University, Bangalore Dr.C.K Peethambaran, Director, Agriculture Division, CISSA Organic Farming
Ms.Jeena Kabeer

(MA Politics and International Relations)

Dr.C.K. Peethambaran, Director of Agriculture, CISSA NGO activities

April 2017-March 2018

Student name Institution Guide Topic
Shri.Devatheerthan R., Ms.Kithu Anna Kurian and Shri.Akhil A. Thomas

(BA LLB)

Mar Gregious College of Law, University of Kerala Dr.C.K. Peethambaran, Director of Agriculture, CISSA Registration of Farmer Producer Companies
Ms.Seayal and

Ms.Reshma Shine G.S.

(BA LLB)

Mar Gregious College of Law, University of Kerala Dr.C.K. Peethambaran, Director of Agriculture, CISSA Infrastructure and Technology (Water Laws)

Awards and Recognitions

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Awards and Recognitions

Awards:

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

Recognizing its efforts in Jackfruit promotion, Jackfruit Promotion Council has conferred CISSA with Sresta Seva Puraskaram in 2016. Recognitions:

  1. Headquarters of Regional Centre for Expertise (RCE), Thiruvananthapuram, acknowledged by UN University.
  2. Partner organization of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity
  3. Partner organization of International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN)
  4. Partner organization of the International Year of Soils (2015)

ICT Based Awareness and Action Workshop on Electronic waste

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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.

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