The celebrations of 30 years of the Kerala Science Congress were held at MSSRF’s Community Agrobiodiversity Centre, Wayanad, in association with the Kerala Science Council for Science ,Technology and Environment (KSCSTE), in January. Three curtain raiser programs were held in Wayanad district at MSSRF, St. Mary’s College,Sultan Bathery, and Kerala Veterinary and Animal Science University(KVASU), Pookode.
At the St. Mary’s College programme, on January 9,2018, Dr.George Mathew, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, St.Mary’s College, Mr Girigan Gopi, Principal Scientist, MSSRF CAbC, and Dr. Sheba. M. Joseph, Principal, St.Mary’s College, Sulthan Bathery spoke on the occasion. Mr Eliyas, Environmental Activist, Kerala Saasthra Saahithya Parishath conducted a lecture on “Science and pseudoscience” and Dr. Arjun Prasad, Scientist B, KSCSTE chaired the function. On January 10, 2018, at KVASU, Dr. Joseph Mathew, Registrar and Director of Entrepreneurship,KVASU spoke of the adverse effects of indiscriminate use of chemicals and fertilizers and said the meeting would bring out strategies thatwould be useful for local farmers. Dr. Arjun Prasad, KSCSTE, Dr. K.M.Shyam Mohan, KVASU, Dr. N. Ashok, Director of Academics and Research and Girigan Gopi, Principal Scientist, MSSRF, also spoke on the ocassion. A session on “Organic farming” was taken by Dr. Shelly Mary Koshy, Scientist, MSSRF CAbC, followed by an interactive session with students.
The Kerala Science Congress, conducted as a three day annual event during the last week of January every year, provides a forum for interaction and deliberation, review of present R&D efforts, and to formulate strategies for better utilization of scientific and technical manpower for the overall development of Kerala. The objective of the Congress is to revitalize activities in the State and identify new talents in scientific research in Kerala.