Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment
Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) is an autonomous body constituted by the Government of Kerala in November 2002 to encourage and promote science and technology-related activities in Kerala State. Prior to the establishment of KSCSTE, the body responsible for carrying out similar work was the State Committee for Science, Technology and Environment (STEC) established in 1972. KSCSTE was formed by restructuring STEC in concurrence with the Science Policy of Government of India.
Based in Thiruvananthapuram, KSCSTE is running seven R&D centres in different parts of Kerala. It has several programmes like Coastal Zone Management, Science Popularisation and Women Scientists Cell to promote its objectives. The Council coordinates the state-level activities in connection with the observances of the National Science Day, National Technology Day and World Environment Day. It has instituted three awards: Vasudev Award, Science Literature Awards and Young Scientists Award which are presented annually. Every year KSCSTE also organises the Kerala Science Congress and Children's Science Congress.
R&D centres under KSCSTE
- Centre for Earth Science Studies (CESS): To promote modern scientific and technological research and development studies in earth sciences. CESS pursues multidisciplinary research in problems related to land, sea and atmosphere, Research & Development activities in basic and applied fields, user training and academic programs, consultancy and Science popularization.
- Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (CWRDM): To develop R&D needs in the field of water management.
- Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI): To undertake research in areas like forestry, biodiversity etc., that are vital to the development of the Kerala State.
- National Transportation Planning and Research Centre (NATPAC): To undertake research and consultancy works in the fields of traffic engineering and transportation planning, highway engineering, public transport system, inland water transport, tourism planning, rural roads, environmental impact assessment and transport energy.
- Rajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology (RGCB): To pursue research in biotechnology. The Center has a Regional Facility for Genetic Fingerprinting, which provides DNA analysis services for forensic and criminal investigations, paternity disputes, identification of wildlife remains, authentication of plants and seeds besides a battery of molecular diagnostics for genetic and infectious diseases.
- Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (TBGRI): To develop technology for conservation and sustainable utilization of the plant biodiversity of India, particularly of Kerala for the well-being of her people.
- Kerala School of Mathematics (KSoM): Setup as a joint venture of KSCSTE and National Board for Higher Mathematics, under Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India. The main objective of the institute is to promote mathematical research in the country and particularly in Kerala.
- Srinivasa Ramanujan Institute of Basic Sciences (SRIBS) is a capacity building initiative of KSCSTE in basic sciences. The institute was created in 2012 to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Srinivasa Ramanujan, the legendary Indian mathematician.
- "KSCSTE website". Retrieved 6 July 2010.
- "Website of Centre for Earth Science Studies". Retrieved 6 July 2010.
- "Website of Centre for Water Resources Development and Management". Retrieved 6 July 2010.
- "Website of Kerala Forest Research Institute". Retrieved 6 July 2010.
- "Website of National Transportation Planning and Research Centre". Retrieved 6 July 2010.
- "Website of Rajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology". Retrieved 6 July 2010.
- "Website of Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute". Retrieved 6 July 2010.
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