Consultancy Services for Small Hydel Projects
The three megawatt Meenvallom Small Hydro-electric Project is the first SHP in the state taken up by the Palakkad Small Hydro Company Ltd, a company promoted by Palakkad District Panchayat. All the data, such as, year round in flow, flow duration curves, alignment of roads, penstock alignment, etc. required for its design were generated by the Integrated Rural Technology Centre (IRTC). IRTC has prepared the detailed Project Report and provided consultancy services for realising the project. The project took almost 15 long years from its initiation to commissioning due to several reasons. There was no prior model in Kerala in the way a LSG had taken up a SHP project. Presently, Meenvallom is an economically viable and technically feasible model which can be replicated in similar situations. Currently, IRTC is functioning as a Consultant for the second power station, the one MW Palakkuzhy SHP project of the PSHC.
NABARD Holistic Watershed Development Project (NHWDP)
This project was implemented under Prime Minister’s distress relief package during the aftermath of the farmer suicides in the districts of Palakkad, Wayanad and Kasaragod in Kerala. IRTC has undertaken two important roles in this programme. We were the Project Facilitating Agency in the 12 watersheds and Resource Support Organisation of NABARD in Palakkad district where the project was implemented in 45 watersheds covering an area of 30547 Hectares.
The main activities implemented under NHWDP are- Soil and water conservation, organic manure cultivation, improve the production and productivity of different crops, livelihood development activities for the landless and women, inter cropping, fodder grass cultivation, composting, etc. In addition to this landless families were given Revolving Fund Assistance (RFA) for the development of their livelihood activities.
Major achievements of the project are:
- Improvement in production and productivity of crops including coconut, paddy, and rubber
- Improvement in ground water table
- Considerable increase in fodder grass and milk production in watersheds
- Improvement in soil nutrient content,
- Improvement in the livelihood of landless househo;ds and women
- Formation of a Paddy Farmer’s Producer Company (FPO) namely ‘Susthira’
Sustainable watershed development project (SDP)
After the implementation of National Holistic Watershed Development Programme supported by NABARD and implemented in Palakkad district, IRTC was assigned to take up sustainable watershed development projects in 22 best performing watersheds as Technical Support Agency. The basic objective of the project is to ensure the institutional sustainability of the watershed committee. The important activities implemented under this project include livelihood activities, capacity building, exposure visits, organic vegetable cultivation, watershed development projects, etc. Presently the team is engaged in establishing weather stations process is going on for establishing weather stations for climate monitoring and analysis in all the watersheds
Role of Model Residential Schools in the Educational Attainment of Tribal Students: An Analysis of performance of Tribal Residential Schools in Kerala
This was a study sponsored by Kerala State Planning Board and conducted during January to December 2019. This was an evaluation study to understand the role of Tribal Residential Schools in the educational attainment of tribal students in Kerala. The study covered all twenty Model Residential Schools across the state. Detailed analyses of academic performance of the students have been done by analysing the results and also by conducting evaluation tests. Post schooling experiences of the students have also been gathered by Focus Group Discussions among alumnae from different tribal location viz. Attappadi, Wayanad and Marayur. Interviews of Teachers and Administrative staff have also been conducted to explore the dimensions of governance and administration. The study has adopted a mixed methodology approach for exploring the comprehensive picture about the functioning of the schools. The detailed report is available in the following link.
Exploring the Potential of Local Governments in Improving the Quality of Secondary Education: Mapping Experiments and Prospects of Thrissur District Panchayat, Kerala
This study project supported by UNICEF and conducted during January and July 2020 is an attempt to document the interventions of Thrissur District Panchayat in secondary education. For this study a detailed enquiry to document the interventions from 1996 to 2020 were carried out. The details of entire exemplary projects undertaken by the District Panchayat were documented as promising practices. The budget and expenditure analysis of District Panchayat for the last five years were also done in detail. In order to explore the reflections from the field, case studies of ten schools from across the district were also conducted. This study attempted to map potentials of a District Panchayat in transforming secondary education.
A Web Enabled Initiative for Developing Scientific Temper among Secondary School Students in Kerala
The project was funded by UNICEF and implemented during November 2019 to March 2020. This project was intended to conduct an online based quiz programme focused to nurture the scientific temper and scientific knowledge of secondary students. This programme was named as LUCA (Last Universal Common Ancestor) Quiz Programme and was totally administered in a web based platform. The different domains of science such as natural science, Physical Science, Earth Science, Mathematics and Information Technology were covered under this programme. Questions for the programme were developed from a series of workshops of experts conducted across the state. More than 17000 students participated in the programme.
DBT FOLDSCOPE PROJECT
Participatory Microbial Count Assessment, water quality profiling and water conservation training was a project funded by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India. The project objectives was to assess microbial count, pH and perform GIS enabled profiling of drinking water in Pudupariyaram panchayath in Palakkad District. A total of 36 workshops were conducted on “Assembling and usage of Foldscope” from August 2018 to June 2019. The concept and usage of foldscope were introduced to 1,113 students, 137 teachers and 74 trainees. The project has been able to train a state level resource group comprising of 48 members for further disseminating the information regarding the instrument throughout the state. Awareness programmes were conducted for more than 400 participants through eight sessions in the panchayats in Malampuzha block. The project has taken initiation for assessing the microbial content in the drinking water sources of Puthupariyaram panchayath immediately after 2018 floods. Also, a study to identify zooplankton presence was conducted for a period of 2019 January to March in the area.
Sanjeevani women labour bank
There was an acute labour shortage for doing soil and water conversation activities when the Holistic Watershed Development project started in Muttuchira watershed. The women labourers were engaged only in paddy related activities and were exempted from other labour activities. In this backdrop Muttichira watershed development committee formed a women labour bank named ‘Sanjeevani” with hundred members. Presently, the Sanjeevani Labour Bank is able to undertake all kinds of agricultural activities on a reasonable remuneration. The activities of this labour bank could produce marked improvement in the living condition of the women labourers. This could be taken as an exemplary case for the provisioning of livelihood in the agricultural sector.
Impact Assessment of KILA Training Programme on Capacity Building for Urban Local Body Officials
This was an evaluation study funded by KILA to understand the impact of training programmes for urban officials. The study was designed in a way to understand different dimensions of performance of urban local bodies in Kerala. The changes in the performance of officials before and after training were also evaluated. Study has attempted to formulate recommendations, improve the content and process of training, provided to urban officials. Detailed checklist was administered among 165 officials across the state; those have attended the training programme. The urban municipalities in Kerala were divided into three zones viz. South, Middle and North and one district was selected from each zone. All the urban local bodies from Thriuvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta (South Zone), Ernakulam, Thrissur (Middle Zone) Malappuram and Kannur (North Zone) were included in the study. Four municipal corporations and 31 municipalities were covered under the study. The study was conducted between February & July 2019. The study has analysed the performance of urban governance in Kerala in the aspects of Tax and non-tax revenue collection, initiatives for improving the efficiency of governance, initiatives for improving service delivery, actions taken for urban spatial planning and urban beautification. The detailed report is available in the following link.
Impact Assessment of KILA Training Programme on Child-Friendly Local Governance
This was a study undertaken for KILA to understand the changes in Child Friendly initiatives by local bodies before and after Child Friendly Local Governance programme organised by KILA. This evaluation study emphasised on understanding the impact of the programme in disseminating the concept of Child Rights among different stakeholders and to analyse the budget allocation and expenditure of Local Bodies towards Child Friendly initiatives. It has also attempted to describe the initiatives of LSGI for protecting Child Rights in the domains of Survival, Development, Protection and Participation. This programme was implemented in 140 Gram Panchayats and six municipalities from this thirty Grama Panchayats and two municipalities were selected as samples of the study. The study was conducted during the period of February to June 2019. The overall results of the study attempted to highlight the initiatives of Local Bodies to uphold the Child Rights in the context of the CFLG programme. The detailed report is available in the following link.