Extension Programmes
Extension programmes include activities for the benefit of the society. Here the knowledge generated through the academic and research activities are extended to the public. Effective participation and interaction with various self-help groups, volunteers, NGOs, students, teachers and others are integral components of the programme.

Rainwater harvesting

Expected outcome

The Centre in association with the School of Environmental Sciences selected Achinakom, a village in Kuttanad (Vechoor Panchayat) to provide them with drinking water through rainwater harvesting. A combined programme ‘Rainwater for Humanity’ was started in collaboration with Brown University, USA. As the first phase of the extension programme, the construction of a rainwater harvesting tank with a capacity of 1.25 lakh litres has been completed. Three different models of tanks have been designed and the construction works are progressing. Four tanks of different capacities have already been completed. It is planned to extend the facility to all the households in the village. As a second phase, improvement of sanitary facilities will be extended with the participation of the community members wherever it is needed. Overall quality of life of people will be monitored to bring improvements and healthy life style through community participation. The project works in association with the Woman Self Help Group of Achinakom.
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Worksshops

A series of workshops and training programmes were conducted

Environmental awareness and training

Expected outcome

Environmental awareness and training programmes are for all groups of people, from the school students to the various working groups and the general public. The programmes are meant for dissemination of information on environmental awareness and healthy practices, all aim to conserve nature thereby maintaining a sustainable life support system. The Centre also prepare source modules for various environment friendly practices like energy conservation, waste management, public health and sanitation, water conservation and management, biodiversity conservation, healthy life style, eco-friendly shelters etc benefiting the students, teachers and the community members. A novel programme 'Spend a Day in the Campus' has been launched by the Centre for selected government school students who are given special training in bird watching, butterfly watching and identification of common plants around. It is under ‘Nature Study Series’ a series of programmes designed for school students.
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