College-NGO Partnership Initiative (CNPI) is a mutually benefiting research-cum-extension project of TIES, involving students and faculty of affiliated colleges in India. It is a student capacity building programme, equipping them to meet the challenges and to evolve into socially and environmentally responsible members of society. TIES-CNPI provides ample avenues for colleges to improve their stakes in research and extension activities involving faculty and students with the constant support of experts and scientists from TIES. Being an environmental research and action organisation, TIES will be benefitted through the rich human resource and localised infrastructure support from the colleges. In brief, colleges can use their rich human resource and infrastructure facilities for conducting socially and environmentally important research and extension activities availing the vast expertise of Tropical Institute of Ecological Sciences, in the conduct of such projects and programmes.
National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has formulated a criteria for assessing the performance of colleges in research and extension programmes based on College -NGO collaborative programmes. TIES CNPI aims to inculcate research culture among students and faculty of affiliated colleges to empower colleges to take up social and environmental issues and to develop the right scientific temper and outlook.