Five day Awareness Programme in Community Mental Health

IRTC Online Courses

Facilitator: Dr. Chinchu C., Psychologist and Associate Fellow, IRTC

Effects of the ongoing pandemic on mental health of the public has opened up new discussions on the topic of mental health all over the world. As part of the response to the stigma and lack of awareness regarding mental health issues among public, IRTC is starting an online awareness
programme via Google meet platform.

  • This is an introductory awareness programme intended to introduce the concepts related to mental health and well-being in the context of Kerala.
  • The programme is designed for students and general public having no formal training in Psychology or Mental Health.
  • This is not a professional development course and students or professionals in the areas of Psychology and allied subjects may not learn anything new from this programme.

There will not be any assessment at the end of the programme. There will be a collaborative assignment in which all participants are expected to participate.
Medium of instruction will be Malayalam.

Dates: From September 14 to 18, 2020
Time: 11.00 am to 12.00 pm (Begins at 10.30 am in the first day)
Fee: INR 1000 (GST &Taxes included)

E-certificates will be provided on successful completion.

If you are interested, Click Here to register
If you are selected, we will get back to you by 12.09.2020 with payment instructions via email or phone.

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IRTC Online Courses to begin shortly

IRTC Announces Short-term Online Courses

IRTC is set to begin short-term online courses in various disciplines including Waste Management, Water Conservation, Research Methodology in Science, Research Methodology in Social Sciences, GIS and Remote Sensing, Community Mental Health, etc. Courses will include video lectures and assignments. Medium of instruction will be based on learner requirements. If you are interested, please use the below form to let us know your preferences and suggestions so that we can plan them accordingly.

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Abdul Hameed

Dr. C. Chinchu

Dr. C. Chinchu C. is the faculty member of Social Science division. He is also a Psychologist, Personnel Trainer, Writer and Research Consultant. His research interest lies in intersectional research concerned with people’s lives. He has journal publications, book chapter, and popular writings in diverse areas to his credit, and has undertaken research projects in the areas of disability rehabilitation, skill development, tribal development, etc. as principal investigator and co-investigator. A member of professional bodies including APA, and also associated with ASCENT, Kozhikode a non-profit.

Dr. P.N. Damodaran

Dr. P.N. Damodaran is a scientist cum faculty member of the Department of Microbiology. He has more than two decades of experience in research and teaching. Prior to this, he was working with College of National Sciences, South Korea as an Assistant Professor of Life Sciences. He has also worked with other institutions in South Korea, China and India as a researcher and academician. He has to his credits two books and several publications.

Dr. M. Lalithambika

Dr. M. Lalithambika is the former Director and Senior Scientist of IRTC. She retired as the Deputy Director of CSIR-NIIST. She has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from IIT Kanpur and is also an expert in Analytical Chemistry. She is an eminent contributor in the field of Clay Science & Ceramic Technology in India. Her involvements in the sector of pottery brought drastic changes in the life of many who depends on it.

Prof. B.M. Musthafa

Prof. B.M. Musthafa is the Head of the Department of the Energy Division of IRTC. He retired as the Head of the Department of Department of Physics from Government College, chitter with more than three decades of teaching experience. After retirement he joined in IRTC as coordinator of PFA-NHWDP. At present, he is engaged as the Research coordinator of IRTC.

Dr. Rajesh K.

Dr. Rajesh K. is the Senior Fellow and Head of the Social Sciences Division of IRTC and a visiting fellow of many national organisations. He has a PhD in Development Studies from Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore on People’s Planning Campaign and the Kerala Development Programme. Rajesh has several publications to his credit, including two books on decentralised planning in Kerala. He has keen research interests in the areas of governance and decentralised planning, public policy research, democracy and development, marginalisation and social exclusion, gender and development, education and research methodology.

Dr. V.R. Reghunandanan

Dr. Reghunandanan is the Head of the Department of Solid Waste Management Division in IRTC. He is an Environmental Scientist with 37 Years of experience in teaching, research and extension put up in the Kerala Agriculture University and Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University. His researches find amicable ways to address the larger issues of waste management. He is in the forefront to disseminate the information related to waste management to the public and practitioners.

R. Satheesh

R. Satheesh is the Head of the Department of Natural Resource Management Division at IRTC. He is an engineer with three decades of experience in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of watershed developing and natural resource management projects. He is also an expert in GIS Technology. He has worked as faculty member at KILA. He has coordinated the implementation of research and development projects funded by Central, State and Local Governments and NABAD.

Dr. K.K. Seethalakshmi

Dr. K.K. Seethalakshmi is the Senior Scientist at IRTC. She retired From Kerala Forest Research Institute as Scientist and Programme Coordinator, of Sustainable Forest Management Division & Coordinator, National Bamboo Mission, Peechi. She has written several books and has to credit several journal publications. She has made a remarkable contribution in the lives of many through her dedicated intervention in the sector.

A.N. Sivadas

Project Scientist

Anand Sebastian

Anand Sebastian is the Project Scientist under the Natural Resource Management Division. He is an expert in Remote Sensing and GIS. He has a wide range of research experience in environmental science and climate change. He obtained his masters from Mangalore University. He handles the coordination of different projects and training activities of the division in the area of GIS and Remote Sensing. He has various journal publications in diverse areas to his credit.

Visiting Faculties

Staff and Fellows


Staff and Fellows

Solid Waste Management

Energy Division

Natural Resource Management

Social Science


Administration and Management






Priya A.S.


Akhila M.





Research Director

Dr. C. George Thomas

Dr. C. George Thomas is a former Professor and Head of Department of Agronomy, College of Horticulture, Kerala Agriculture University. He retired as an Associate Dean from the institution. He has more than three decades of experience in teaching and research and has numerous books and other publications to his credits. He has done his PhD from Indian Agriculture Research Institute. His works are closely associated with community development through various thematic areas with a special focus on agriculture and allied activities like watershed based development, gender inclusive livelihood expansion, etc.


K.K. Janardhanan

K.K. Janardhanan has more than 30 years of experience in programme implementation and administration and retired as a Sub Regional Employment Officer of the National Employment Service (Kerala). He was holding positions such as District Employment Officer, Deputy Chief of University Employment Information & Guidance Bureau and Co-ordinator of UGC Career & counselling Cell in University of Calicut. He has done his Masters in Commerce.


Dr. S. Sreekumar

Dr. S. Sreekumar retired as a professor from Christ College, Irinjalakuda with over decades of experience in teaching and research in Department of Geology and Environmental Science. His area of interests include environment and related studies and he had been a resource person (UNDP-GOI) and coordinator for disaster management (UGC) in the past. He has authored several articles, books, and research publications as well as made several presentations in his area of expertise. Recipient of some prestigious awards, he has held the position of a member in several government and academic bodies for years.