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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.

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

 

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