National Banana Festival, 17-21 Feb 2018, Kalliyoor, Thiruvananthapuram

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National Banana Festival

17-21 Feb 2018, Kalliyoor, Thiruvananthapuram

National Banana Festival (NBF-2018) is being organized during 17-21 February 2018 in Thiruvananthapuram by Centre for Innovation in Science & Social Action (CISSA). Collaborators of this mega event are Kalliyoor Grama Panchayat, Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) acknowledged by United Nations University; ICAR- National Centre for Banana, Tiruchirapalli; UNESCO New Delhi, Central and State Government institutions involved in Banana Research & Promotion and NGOs working in this sector.

The sprawling ground in Kalliyoor Grama Panchayat, adjacent to the world famous Kovalam beach is the venue. This intensive farming region predominantly cultivating diversified varieties of banana is the home to College of Agriculture under Kerala Agricultural University, and is adopted by Hon’ble M.P. Shri. Suresh Gopi under the Prime Minister’s Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY).

The National Banana Festival aims to showcase wide diversity of bananas in India and multifarious uses of this unique fruit. Further it focuses the need to intensify research in banana production, processing, value addition and marketing.

Conserving diversity, preserving identity, promoting value addition is the focal theme of the national seminar with other 15 subthemes. National exhibition, training programmes, farmers meet, buyer seller meet, documentary shows, photography contest, competitions, cultural programmes etc are the other attractions in this conclave.

This festival will be a conglomeration of scientists, conservationists, agriculturists, policy makers, food experts, nutritionists, environmentalists, social workers and farmers, and will be a platform to exhibit everything about banana, share ideas and to support the farmers and entrepreneurs.

Campus Leaders Programme for Sustainable Development

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‘Campus Leaders for Sustainable Development’ Launched:

‘Campus Leaders for Sustainable Development’ programme rolled out by the Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) Thiruvananthapuram which has its headquarters at the Centre for Innovation and Social Action (CISSA)was formally launched in a glittering function at the Senate Chamber, University of Kerala by Dr.Vandana Siva on 23-12-2017. Shri.T.P.Srinivasan IFS, Former Ambassador presided.

The Campus Leaders for Sustainable Development programme ensures and widens youth participation in the process at a time when the whole concept of sustainable development has seldom become a topic of effective discussion in the campuses of India. The focus will be centered on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

11 mentors are selected to guide the Campus Leaders -Dr.Achuth shankar S Nair, Padmashree Architect G Shankar, Mr.L.Radhakrishnan IAS, Dr.A.Bijukumar, Dean, Science, Kerala University, Dr.R.Harikumar, Director, ANERT, Adv.Harish Vasudevan, Environmental lawyer, Ms.Ushakumari S, Thanal, Ms Padma Mahanty IFS, Dr.Subhash Chandra Bose, Director, CCDU, Prof.E. Kunhikrishnan, environmental educator and Dr.Meena T Pillai, Kerala University.


World Environment Day 2017 celebrations

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World Environment Day 2017 celebrations

Seminar & Quiz Competition

10 June 2017, Thiruvananthapuram

The World Environment Day 2017 celebrations was jointly organised by Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA), National Green Corps (NGC) and Kerala State Council for Science, Technology & Environment (KSCSTE) on 10th  June  2017 at the Seminar Hall of CISSA, Thiruvananthapuram. The programme was inaugurated by Dr.R.Hari kumar, Director, ANERT. The programme consisted of quiz competition for high school students and seminar and question-answer sessions with experts.

A written examination was conducted to shortlist the participants. A total of 72 students representing 28 teams participated in the quiz competition.

Technical Sessions were handled by Dr.R.Harikumar (Director, ANERT), Dr.A.Bijukumar (Professor and Head, Dept. of Aquatic Biology & Fisheries, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram), Dr.P.N.Krishnan (Emeritus Scientist, Malabar Botanical Garden and Institute for Plant Sciences, Kozhikode), Dr.E.K.Eswaran (Veterinary Officer, Animal Husbandry Department, Government of Kerala), Dr.C.K.Peethambaran (Former Director of Research, Kerala Agricultural University) and Dr.K.G.Ajitkumar (Former Head, Dept. of Botany, MG College, Thiruvananthapuram)

Prof.P.Vijayachandran, Former Managing Director, Kerala Tourism Development Corporation gave away the prizes to the winners of the quiz competition.

Dr.K.N.Ramachandran, Filtran Microcircuits, Ottawa, Canada gave a special lecture on the waste disposal & power generation by plasma pyrolysis.

The Input Centre for Organic Agriculture was inaugurated at Kalliyoor Gramapanchayath

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The Input Centre for Organic Agriculture as a part of the CISSA initiative was inaugurated by Smt.V Latha kumari at Vellayani thoppu mukku Junction. A training programme was also conducted in this connection.

National Technology Day 2017 Seminar on Technological updates on Lightning and Electrical Safety for Buildings

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National Technology Day 2017

Seminar on Technological updates on Lightning and Electrical Safety for Buildings

10th May 2017

Poojappura, Thiruvananthapuram


Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA)  in collaboration with LBS Institute of Technology for Women was organised a seminar on Technological updates on Lightning and Electrical Safety for Buildings to celebrate the National Technology Day  on 10th May  2017  at LBS Institute of Technology for Women, Poojappura, Thiruvananthapuram. The programme was sponsored by Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE).


The seminar was inaugurated by Dr.R. Harikumar, Director, ANERT.  In his inaugural speech he emphasised the importance of electrical safety and use of non conventional energy and how to mitigate the lightning damage using appropriate correction steps.

The keynote address was delivered by Shri.Vijayakumar N.P, Electrical Inspector, Office of the Chief Electrical Inspectorate. He explained the importance of technology day and the necessity for conducting this programme among the younger generation. He stressed the need to conserve electricity and the ways and means of doing the same. He also explained the different modern techniques available to prevent lightning strikes in buildings.

The necessity of energy conservation and simple methods to adopt it were discussed by  Shri. Rajagopalachari, Consultant, Energy Management Centre, Kerala. He also explained the need to regularly update the equipments used for electrical safety.

Shri. Aswin, Director, New Destinare, in his lecture elaborated on the technology and equipments for lightning & electrical safety of buildings. He also explained on the different international standards for lightning protection and equipments used for different types of buildings for  safeguard.


During the programme, a documentary film on lightning protection was produced by CISSA was also screened. The seminar was attended by 120 students and teachers of LBS institute and teachers from different schools in Thiruvananthapuram.

Er.B.V Suresh Babu, Ottotractions welcomed the audience and Shri.K.K.Sathyan proposed vote of thanks.

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