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  • National Workshop, Exhibition and Field Training on Soil Piping

    On 5th July 2017 NCESS conducted a National workshop on ‘Land disturbances due to soil piping in the Western Ghats’ followed by Field Training during 6-9 July 2017 at Cherupuzha, Kannur. During the inaugural function Dr. T. N. Prakash, Group Head, Coastal Processes and Former Director, NCESS welcomed the gathering and Hon’ble Minister of Revenue Shri E. Chandrasekharan delivered the inaugural address and inaugurated the Workshop by lighting the traditional lamp. While Dr. M. Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India presided over the function, Dr.D.N.Sharma, Member, National Disaster Management Authority, Govt. of India delivered the key note address. At the meeting, Dr. Suresh Das, Principal Secretary, S&T and Executive Vice President, KSCSTE, Govt of Kerala offered felicitations and Dr. D.S. Suresh Babu, Scientist-F, NCESS proposed vote of thanks. More than fifty delegates from various parts of the country have registered for the National Workshop. Exhibition with a 3D physical model demonstrating the mechanism of formation of soil piping, display of R&D activities on posters, field visit narration using video-clippings and different equipment and tools to investigate this phenomenon in the field was equipped for the benefit of delegates. Further, two technical sessions were conducted with presentation of nine invited speakers namely, Dr. S.K. Chattopadhyay, Sri. G. Sankar, Dr. Sekhar.L. Kuriakose, Dr Padma Rao, Dr.Y.Putti, Dr. R.Maiti, Smt. Panjami, Dr Vincent.A.F and Dr Rafikul Islam. Dr. P.K.Thampi and Dr. S.K. Chattopadhyay chaired the sessions. Different facets of soil piping investigations and land disturbances were discussed in the technical sessions. Subsequently, the delegates left for field for two days of field work to witness the phenomenon of soil piping at various locations of northern Kerala.

  • Visit of Honorable Union Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan to NCESS

    On 2nd July 2017 Hon. Union Minister for Science and Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment, Forests and Climate Change has visited NCESS, Thiruvananthapuram in the afternoon. At the outset, the Minister interacted with Director, Group Heads and Senior Consultants and had a lengthy discussion on the overall performance of the institute. He listened keenly the presentations of Dr.N.Purnachandra Rao, Director, NCESS on R&D programs of Institute and its achievements as well as on “Rainwater Harvesting” provided by Sri.John Mathai, Senior Consultant, NCESS. The Minister praised the activities conducted by NCESS over the years. With regard to the contemporary relevant topic, Rainwater Harvesting, He suggested NCESS to come out with specific suggestions that millions of Indians can take up to combat the issue of fresh water availability. He wanted the country to initiate rainwater harvesting as a movement so that whatever rain received from nature is stored in one or the other form for humanity and also for the benefit of the ecosystem as a whole. The Minister has asked NCESS to provide broad suggestions on site-specific prescriptions for rainwater harvesting applicable for different terrain conditions of India within a couple of weeks to MoEF&CC. Subsequently, after giving a short interview to the crew, who is taking documentary film on the Rainwater Harvesting efforts of NCESS, the Minister addressed whole staff of institute in the auditorium. The Hon. Minster was welcomed by Dr N Purnachandra Rao, Director, NCESS. During his welcome address, Director mentioned that NCESS wishes to grow as a key player of global issues relating to earth system sciences. Dr Harsh Vardhan in his address commented that science in India is superior to many countries across the world and he pointed out the role of Prime Minister and his passion towards encouraging and promoting science as well as scientists of the country. Dr Harsh Vardhan specifically narrated how science would be useful to solve the problems that common man faces in India. He also explained the new scientific programs envisioned and rolled out in India, which are being monitored very meticulously. He urged young scientists and scholars of NCESS to think out of the box and to improve, reform and scale up their scientific activities. He declared that the Union Government has lot of confidence in the power of youth and the country looks up to scientists with hope. He mentioned that under the dynamic vision of PM Narendra Modi India now has brain gain rather brain drain because of the good quality ecosystem startup and program prevalent for doing good science. He implored the youth to change from doing routine jobs and deliver significantly on people’s issues. He asked to redefine the work spirit and to dream of innovative programs that will help the common man. Minister reminded the audience how Polio was eradicated from India. Dr T N Prakash, Senior Scientist delivered Vote of thanks. Before leaving NCESS, Hon’ble Minister visited various laboratories of NCESS and familiarized its R&D strengths. He also visited the exhibition organized as part of the National Workshop and Field Training on “Soil Piping” scheduled during 5-9 July 2017 by NCESS.

  • SWATCHHTA PAKWADA 2017 - an awareness talk on the theme “Freedom From Waste”

    As part of the SWATCHHTA PAKWADA 2017 an awareness talk on the theme “Freedom From Waste” has been delivered at NCESS on 27.06.2017 by Sri. J. Jayakumar, Sanitation Expert, Suchitwa Mission, Govt of Kerala.

  • International Day of Yoga 2017 Celebrations

    NCESS has organized a YOGA training session for all employees as part of the celebrations of International Day of Yoga 2017. The training session, which introduced the basic concepts of YOGA and its practices, was carried out by Ms. Kavitha, Senior Faculty at The Art of Living, Thiruvananthapuram.

  • Inauguration of SWATCHHTA PAKHWADA 2017

    Inauguration of SWATCHHTA PAKHWADA 2017(16th - 30th June 2017) at National Centre for Earth Science Studies by Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Hon'ble Member of Parliament on 16th June 2017.

  • Inauguration of NCESS High Altitude Cloud Physics Observatory

    Inauguration of NCESS High Altitude Cloud Physics Observatory by Dr. M. Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences Government of India on 9th June 2017 at 12.00 PM

  • 36th IGC - Regional Brain Storming Session held at NCESS

    A two-day regional brain storming session as a run up to the 36th IGC was convened by the 36th IGC Society in collaboration with the Geological Survey of India, Hyderabad and NCESS, Thiruvananthapuram. The BSS titled “36th IGC: A Unique Opportunity for the Advancement of Geosciences” was hosted at NCESS on 24th and 25th May 2017. The session was inaugurated by Dr. Shailesh Nayak, President, 36th IGC and attended by about 20 invited speakers, and more than 70 delegates from IGC Secretariat, GSI, and other research Institutions and Universities from different parts of the country. During his inaugural address Dr. Nayak emphasized on identifying gap area and presenting focused themes. Dr. Purnachandra Rao, Director, NCESS welcomed the guests. Dr. T. N. Prakash, Sc.G., NCESS, Shri B.D. Thappa, ADG & HOD, GSI, SR and Prof. D.M. Banerjee, Executive Committee Member, 36th IGC addressed the gathering. Vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. V. Nandakumar, Co-ordinator and Convener of IGC-BSS. Six themes were identified for deliberations by core members followed by discussions. Prior to technical sessions, Dr. Singdha Ghatak, Dr. P.R. Golani and Dr. N.R. Ramesh from the IGC Secreteriat presented overview on different aspects of IGC. The Chairpersons of six themes were Dr. Y.J. Bhaskar Rao, NGRI, Prof. K.P. Thrivikramji, Dr. Shakeel Ahmed, NGRI, Shri B.D. Thappa, Dr. M. Baba and Prof. V. S. Kale. The concluding session was attended by Dr. Raju, DG, GSI and Dr. SHailesh Nayak. Vote of thanks was proposed by Shri. N.R. Mohapatra, DDG, GSI. The IGC-BSS was co-hosted by GSI Trivandrum Unit with Dr. Mathew Joseph, Director, GSI as Co-convener.

  • Foundation Day Lecture 2017

    National Centre for Earth Science Studies (NCESS), Thiruvananthapuram celebrated its Foundation Day by organising a Foundation Day Lecture on 20th January, 2017. The lecture was delivered by Dr. M. Rajeevan, Honorable Secretary of Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India. The title of the talk was “Weather prediction capabilities of India”.Dr. T.N. Prakash, Director, NCESS gave the welcome address and Dr. Anil Bhardwaj, Director, SPL, VSSC introduced the speaker and read the citation. Dr. N.P. Kurian, Former Director, NCESS and Dr. Anil Bhardwaj were honored during the meeting.

  • MoES Foundation Day Celebrations at the National Centre for Earth Science Studies, Thiruvananthapuram (August 1-5, 2016)

    One week long exhibition in connection with MoES 10th Anniversary celebrations was inaugurated by Dr. T.N. Prakash, Director-in-charge, NCESS at 9.30 A.M on 01 August 2016. Dr. V. Nandakumar, Co-ordinator, Foundation Day Celebrations also spoke on the occasion. NCESS has arranged in a grand scale to reach out to students in various schools and colleges in Thiruvananthapuram. Confirmed participation of students is more than 800. NCESS is expecting students from high school standards and from Universities/Colleges and has communicated the event to most of the schools in the government and private sector in Thiruvananthapuram. A documentary film, recently produced, detailing the multifarious science and Technology initiatives of NCESS was screened for students to educate them regarding various activities of NCESS and MoES. Poster exhibitions, visits to various labs in NCESS are being arranged. Huge collection of different types of rocks and mineral samples also are exhibited.

    Dr. T. N. Prakash, Director- in- charge inaugurating the exhibition
    Dr. T. N. Prakash, Director- in- charge inaugurating the exhibition

  • National Technology Day-2016

    National Centre for Earth Science Studies (NCESS) celebrated the National Technology Day-2016 on 11 May 2016 with an inspiring lecture by Padma Shri Dr. Harsh K. Gupta (Former Director, CESS & NGRI and Distinguished Professor at CSIR-NGRI, Hyderabad on the topic "Earthquakes: How to cope with them?". The celebration started with a welcome address by Dr. Virendra M. Tiwari, Director, NCESS. Former Directors of CESS Dr. M. Baba and Dr. N. P. Kurian, dignitaries from GSI, CGWB and other institutions from Trivandrum have attended the function. Dr. Gupta emphasized the importance of earthquake studies showing the statistics that total loss of life and money due to the earthquakes in the last one decade is much higher than the total loss in the last 20th century. During his hour long lecture, he covered several aspects of earthquake sciences from earthquake process, forecasts, and hazard scenarios for the major earthquakes in the Himalayan region. He has also discussed the Reservoir Triggered Earthquakes and MoES initiative of Deep Scientific Drilling in the Koyna region. The function ended with vote of thanks from Dr. V. Nandakumar, Scientist- F, NCESS.

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  • Earth Day Celebrations- 2016

    The National Centre for Earth Science Studies [NCESS], Akkulam, Thiruvananthapuram celebrated Earth Day 2016 on 22nd April 2016. An Elocution competition was conducted for High School students to observe the Earth Day and to create awareness about the importance of the day. Thirteen students from different schools of Thiruvananthapuram participated in the competition. They were asked to speak for ten minutes (either in English or in Malayalam) on given a topic related to 'Caring Mother Earth' as suggested by the Ministry of Earth Sciences. The Elocution competition started at 2.00 pm in Pamba Hall of NCESS with a welcome speech by Dr. V. Nandakumar (Chairman, Campus Development & Green Committee, NCESS). He briefed the participants and their parents on the importance of such a program at NCESS on the Earth Day. All students actively participated in the competition and conveyed their views on the importance of caring our Earth in relation to the present scenario of climate change, deforestation and global warming. They suggested different practical steps to follow for a better Earth tomorrow and they pledged their support and participation in the activities to care our Earth as the upcoming generation. Dr. K. K. Ramachandran (Scientist- F, NCESS) and Prof. C. P. Aravindakshan, Principal (Rtd) , Government University College served as judges for the competition. First prize was awarded to Mr. Jyothis G (Std. X, St. Mary's HSS, Pattom), Second prize went to Mr. Anhajul S. Rahman (Std: IX, Kendriya Vidyalaya, AFS Akkulam) and third prize was given to Ms. Aprana Prabhakar (Std: VIII, Cotton Hill GHSS, Vazhuthacaud). Cash awards of Rs. 5000/-, Rs. 2500/-, Rs. 2000/- were also presented to the first, second and third position along with mementos and merit certificates. All the others were provided with participation certificate. Dr. V. M. Tiwari, Director, NCESS addressed the students on the occasion and highlighted the need to care and thank our Mother Earth. He stressed the need for more participation in caring the Mother Earth. The Earth Day celebrations ended at 5.30 pm with a vote of thanks from Dr. V. Nandakumar. It was a wonderful experience for all the students and their parents to visit NCESS on such a special Day.

    A photo session with the participants
    A photo session with the participants

  • Earth Day- Elocution Competition in NCESS

    The National Centre for Earth Science Studies (NCESS), Akkulam, Thiruvananthapuram is celebrating Earth Day on 22 April 2016 by holding various events in the institute.  As part of the Earth Day celebrations, NCESS  is conducting an elocution competition for high school students (8-10th standards) to observe the Earth Day and to spread awareness about the importance of the event.  The competition is restricted to the schools of Thiruvananthapuram.  One school can send two students only.   

    The venue of the event will be at NCESS, Akkulam on 22 April, 2016 at 2 PM. The participants may report to the venue on or before 1.30 PM.  Participating schools may register the names of students with details on or before 5 PM, 19 April, 2016 in the following email id: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    The students may be asked to speak for 10 minutes to the maximum either in English or Malayalam. The topic will be given 10 minutes prior to the speech, but will generally fit into the theme ‘Caring Mother Earth’.

    It has been decided to institute three prizes for the winners. The prize include Cash awards along with memento and Merit Certificates. All participants will be provided Participation certificate.

    First Prize- Rs. 5000/-

    Second Prize- Rs. 2500/-

    Third Prize- Rs. 2000/-.

    For any other query you may contact Mr. Nishanth N (+91-9947232926).

  • National Science Day 2016

    The National Science Day of the year will be observed in NCESS on Monday 29th February 2016 with a Lecture delivered by Dr.Suresh Das, Executive Vice President, Kerala State Science, Technology and Environment and Principal Secretary, S&T Dept., Govt. of Kerala.
    The same day is declared as an Open day for NCESS.

  • NCESS Foundation Day Lecture 2016


    NCESS has celebrated its second anniversary with a national workshop on 'Western Ghats' during 1-2 January'2016. The first Foundation Day Lecture on the series will be delivered by Dr.Shailesh Naik, Distinguished Scientist and Former Secretary, MoES, Government of India on Friday, 08 January 2016 at 2-30 PM.
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  • National Workshop on Western Ghats - Evolution and Environmental Issues

    Sri.Y.S.Chowdary, Hon'ble Minister of State for Ministry of Science & Technology and Ministry of Earth Sciences is delivering the inaugural address on the occassion of National Workshop on "Western Ghats – Evolution and Environmental Issues" at NCESS, Thiruvananthapuram on 01 January 2016. Dr.Ajayakumar Varma, Scientist-G & Group Head, NCESS, Dr.V.M.Tiwari, Director, NCESS, Dr.Suresh Das, Executive Vice President, Kerala State Science, Technology and Environment, Government of Kerala, Dr.B.K.Bansal, Advisor, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India and Prof.Somnath Dasgupta, Former Vice Chancellor, Assam University & Chairman, Research Advisory Committee, NCESS are seen on the dias.
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    Sri.Y.S.Chowdary, Hon'ble Minister of State for Ministry of Science & Technology and Ministry of Earth Sciences inaugurates National Workshop on "Western Ghats – Evolution and Environmental Issues" at NCESS, Thiruvananthapuram on 01 January 2016 by lighting the lamp.
    National Workshop
    Sri.Y.S.Chowdary, Hon'ble Minister of State for Ministry of Science & Technology and Ministry of Earth Sciences launches new webportal and eOffice system of NCESS. While Dr.Ajayakumar Varma, Scientist-G & Group Head, NCESS and Dr.V.M.Tiwari, Director, NCESS are seen on his left, Dr.Suresh Das, Executive Vice President, Kerala State Science, Technology and Environment, Government of Kerala is seen on the right side.
    National Workshop

    NCESS is organizing a National Workshop on Western Ghats – Evolution and Environmental Issues for delineating critical gaps in the geo-environmental knowledge base on Western Ghats and to plan for more focused research on natural resource management. The workshop proposes to have lead lectures relevant to four themes such as (i) Evolution of Western Ghats, (ii) Western Ghats- A climate regulator, (iii) Ecosystem dynamics and (iv) Environmental management. In addition, it is also proposed to have presentations and poster sessions under the above themes. The workshop is scheduled at NCESS, Thiruvananthapuram on January 1 & 2, 2016.
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    Invited Speakers:
    Dr. V. K Dadhwal, Director, National Remote Sensing Centre
    Dr. S. Sinha Roy, Dy Director General (Rtd), Geological Survey of Inda
    Dr. N. P Kurian, Director (Rtd), NCESS
    Dr. M. Sekhar, Professor, Water Resources & Environmental Engineering, IISc
    Dr. Kusala Rajendran, Professor, Centre for Earth Sciences, IISc
    Dr. S. K Singh, Professor, Physical Research Laboratory
    Dr. M. Radhakrishna, Professor, IIT, Mumbai
    Dr. Sukanta Roy, Project Director, Borehole Geophysics Research Laboratory
    Dr. Pankaj Jaiswal, Superintending Geologist, Geological Survey of India
    Dr. Paras. R Pujari, Principal Scientist, National Environmental Engineering Research Institute
    Dr. Prasanta Patro, Principal Scientist, National Geophysical Research Institute
    Dr. A. P Pradeep Kumar, Head, Dept of Geology, University of Kerala
    Dr. S. Muralidas, Scientist (Rtd), NCESS
    Mr. John Mathai, Scientist G, NCESS
    Dr. D Padmalal, Scientist F, NCESS
    Dr. Suresh Goswami, Scientist, National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting

  • Observance of Communal Harmony Campaign Week from 19th to 25th November 2015

    Communal Harmony Campaign Week during 19-25 November, 2015 and the Flag Day on 24th November, 2015 of the National Foundation for Communal Harmony were observed at NCESS. NCESS Employees contributed to augment the resources of the National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH) to carry on its activities on various schemes and projects. The donation was sent to NFCH. During the campaign week, flags and stickers were distributed and posters displayed.

    NFCH
  • Hindi Fortnight Celebrations at NCESS

    The National Centre for Earth Science Studies celebrated Hindi fortnight from 14th to 28th September 2015. The programme was inaugurated by Shri. A N Nanda, Chief post master general Kerala. more

  • Recruitment for Regular Posts in NCESS against Advt. No. NCESS/01/2015 has been cancelled

    Recruitment for Regular Posts in NCESS against Advt. No. NCESS/01/2015 has been cancelled due to unavoidable circumstances.  Inconvenience caused is regretted. Re-advertisement against the vacancies will be released shortly.

  • Reports of NCESS hydrodynamic data collection for 'Kallakadal' studies in the media

    Read Reports of NCESS hydrodynamic data collection for 'Kallakadal' studies in the media Perigean spring tide today When the perigean spring tide hits the Kerala coast on Monday, the oceanographic instruments deployed at three coastal locations along the Tangassery-Kayamkulam coastal stretch would give insights into 'kallakadal' (sea swelling), hopes the scientific community. The tide will hit the State between 11.45 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. on Monday. The Coastal Processes Group of the National Centre for Earth Science Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, is all set to make good use of the oceanographic developments to lean more about the process….

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