Kerala State Council (KSCSTE)
CESS is one of the seven R&D centres under the umbrella of the Council which does research work in specific identified domains. The Centre for Earth Science Studies (CESS) is established to promote modern scientific and technological research and development studies in earth sciences.
The Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) was constituted in November 2002 as an autonomous body to encourage and promote Science and Technology related activities in the Kerala State by restructuring the erstwhile State Committee for Science, Technology and Environment (STEC) established in 1972 in concurrence with the Science Policy of Government of India.
The apex body of KSCSTE is the State Council with Chief Minister of Kerala as the President. The chief executive officer of the Council is Executive Vice President (EVP).
The Main functions of the State Council are to:
Plan, formulate and implement Science and Technology Promotion and other related research and development programmes.
Provide overall guidance to the programmes and the developments of R&D centres of the Council.
Withdraw and disburse the grant-in-aid funds from the Government and sponsoring agencies to R&D Centres and other grant-in-aid institutions.
The decisions of the State Council and Executive Committee are implemented by the Council Headquarters (CHQ) based in Thiruvananthapuram. The functions of CHQ are carried out under the overall guidance of Executive Vice President who is also the ex-officio Principal Secretary of Science &Technology Department (S&TD). The Science and Technology programmes are managed by the Principal Scientific Officers, Scientific Officers and other staff members, both technical as well as administrative.
The other Institutes under the umbrella of KSCSTE are the Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (CWRDM), to cater to the R&D needs in the field of water management. The 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 exclusively pursue research in Biotechnology. The RGCB has a Regional Facility for Genetic Fingerprinting, which provides DNA analysis services for forensic & 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) is with the vision of Conservation and sustainable utilization of the plant biodiversity of India, particularly of Kerala for the well being of her people. The Kerala School of Mathematics (KSoM) has been setup as a joint venture of KSCSTE and National Board of Higher Mathematics, under Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India. The main objective of the KSoM is to promote Mathematical research in the country and particularly in Kerala.
More details about KSCSTE can be found at http://www.kscste.kerala.gov.in/index.htm