Vice Chancellor Sri. K.Jayakumar inaugurated the two day workshop on Environment and Development on 27th September, 2016. He opined that it is only when the results of academic researches are incorporated into the policy at the level of government that development becomes meaningful.
In the inaugural session held under the president ship of Prof.T.P. Kunhikkannan, Dr.Johny.C.Joseph, K.M.Sheeja and Sri.N.V.Vinukumar spoke. It is the departments of Sociology and Environmental Studies that together organised the programme. The fourteen dissertations prepared by the students of Environmental Studies and Local Development Studies as part of their M.A. course on local development model marginalised communities of people, environment and local problems etc were discussed in the workshop.
Smt.V. Bindu, Asst. Director Kerala Land and Board, Dr.M.Sreenathan Professor, Department of Linguistics, Malayalam University, Muhammed Shafi, Retd. Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Calicut, Sri. Babu Vengeri, activist, ‘Niravu’, Kozhikode, Sri. Kasim and Smt. Jayasree, the Kandal preservation activists spoke summing up the discussions.
Vice Chancellor Sri. K. Jayakumar announced that a working plan would be prepared for the comprehensive development of Vettam Panchayath and that five Anganvadis and one L.P.School of the Panchayath would be transformed into model institutions. He was speaking summing up the studies and discussions regarding the Vettam Panchayath, in the validitory meetings of the workshop on Environment and Development.
The Vice-Chancellor said that it is with the co-operation of the NSS unit that the working plan would be prepared. The selected Anganvadis would be transformed into infant friendly institutions having cleanliness and quality standards. The U.P.School of the ward in which the University is located would be endowed with cultural and academic excellences and patronage.
In the function conducted under the president ship of Prof. T.P.Kunhikkannan, the report of the studies made by the students of the Department of Local Development Studies and Sociology in the Panchayath were handed over to Panchayath President Smt.P.P.Mehrunnissa by the Vice Chancellor. Sri.S.Girish, Chairman, Tirur Municipality, Dr. Johny.C.Joseph, Head of the Department of Sociology and Smt. K.Sreeja spoke on the occasion.