Wayanad, January 2018: 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) earlier this month. 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 , while 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 At KVASU, on 10th January 2018, Dr. Joseph Mathew, The 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 that 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, alsospoke on the ocaasion 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.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.