Academic & Research Divisions

TIES have ten academic and research divisions that work closely for environmental protection and management. These divisions are headed by experts in that particular field, and wide varieties of projects are undertaken every year.

1. Environmental Biotechnology

Head: Dr.Balasundaran M.

The division conducts extensive research and extension activities on DNA marker studies, bar coding services, genetic profiling, waste management, and microbial biotechnology. It also provides services for molecular taxonomy, waste management using microbial consortium etc. This division has also developed products such as Home composting unit.

2. Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Development

Head: Dr. A.P. Thomas

The division conducts research and extension projects in conservation and management of natural resources. Some sustainable development programmes conducted include lifestyle problems, natural farming experiments, scientific validation and popularisation of traditional techniques and products (Traditional knowledge and folk knowledge) etc

3. Environmental Education, Conservation & Natural resource Management

Head: Dr.Shaju Thomas

Conducting several research programmes related to natural resource management and conservation; innovative nature education and capacity building programmes.

4. Geo-spatial Science and Technology

The division conduct studies using RS & GIS and the research area include watershed studies, management plan for various areas, biodiversity estimation studies, etc.

5. Environmental Engineering

This division focuses on eco-friendly architecture, design and fabrication of eco-products, equipment, and instruments. Other programs include water resource management, alternate technology and products.

6. Natural Farming and Research

Project Lead: K.V.Mathew

This division conducts natural farming programmes, mushroom cultivation, training programmes, research on contaminants in mushroom, and experimental programmes on medicinal plants, bamboos, wild trees etc. It also has sale of variety products including seeds, manuals etc.

7. Alternate Energy Resources

Project Lead: Dr.Sankararaman

This division conducts research and promotion of alternate energy resources including bio energy, solar energy, wind energy, and development of new energy efficient equipments. Along with those, some efficient waste management programmes are also conducted.

8. Public Health and Tropical Diseases

Head: Dr. P.C. Itty

This division conducts research and extension programmes on tropical diseases especially on their ecology and epidemiology. Promotional activities on healthy life style practices are also conducted.

9. International Education, Research and Extension

Head: Dr.Punnen Kurian

International education, research and extension is a credit sharing academic programme for foreign students- UG, PG and research students (Currently 5 universities from USA); that offers two streams of academic programmes: Tropical Biodiversity Field School (TBFS) and India Cultural Study Programme (ICSP). Students will be exposed to various natural locations, academic and research establishments in India (mostly Kerala).

10. Animal Taxonomy & Diversity Studies

Head: Dr. Abraham Samuel K.

This division deals with periodic taxonomic surveys for various faunal groups in forested and non-forested areas. Biodiversity estimations and training sessions on biodiversity are major programmes.