FACILITIES

a) Library

The school’s library is well equipped with a good collection of books, journals, reprints, theses and dissertations. Digital library of the School and the free access of E-journals under the UGC-INFLIBNET programme is also available through institutional network. 

Collection:

Major collection comprises of around 4500 books,  current subscription to 50 periodicals, PhD theses and Dissertations submitted by the students of the School. The Library has access to  4000+ electronic journals and databases  through the UGC Infonet Digital Library Consortium. It also has access to SciFinder, Web of Science, EBSCO databases.

Working Hours:

9 am to 5 pm on all working days.

Membership:

Students, Research Scholars and Teachers of the School. 

Membership fee:

Free

Integrated Library Management Software:

The Library uses the library management software SOUL developed by the INFLIBNET Centre for all its house keeping operations.

The Digital Library

of the School can be accessed in the University Intranet.  The development of an Institutional Repository of the School is under preparation and the same is also available in the University Intranet.

 

The School has well equipped laboratories and research facilities for water, air, soil and noise pollution analysis, toxicological and waste management studies, biodiversity, wetland, mountain and climate change studies.

B )Major instruments

  • Gas Chromatograph  (Perkin Elmer – Clarus 500)
  • Ion Chromatograph (Dionex – 1100, USA)
  • Trace Metal Analyzer (Metrohm, 797 VA Computrace, Switzerland)
  • Mercury analyzer - Cold Vapour Atomic Flourescence Spectrophotometer-CVAFS (Brooks Rand)
  • Total Organic Carbon (TOC) analyzer (Thermo-Hyper TOC)
  • PCR (Biorad)
  • Microwave Digester (CEM, USA)
  • Spectroradiometer ( ASD, USA)
  • Freeze Dryer (Daihan Labtech, Korea)
  • Ultrasonic Processor (Cole-Parmer, USA)
  • Photochemical Reactor (SAIC, India)
  • CO2 Incubator  (USA)
  • Semi-automated N analyzer (Pelican)
  • COD analyzer  (Lovibond)
  • Ultrapure Water system (Pall)
  • Spectrophotometer (Systronics)
  • Flame photometer (Systronics)
  • Cooling centrifuge

C) RS and GIS Lab

Centralized Remote Sensing and GIS facility in the School is the pioneering facility for RS & GIS in a University in Kerala established in 2003 with the technical and financial support from ISRO, Department of Space, Government of India. The facility is equipped with the state-of-the-Art software for GIS, photogrammetry and image processing and equipment and peripherals including the powerful Graphic workstations, PCs and servers.

D) Other facilities

 

Apart from the infrastructure cited, the school is having a full-fledged computer lab with necessary software packages for ecological and environmental modeling studies. Three air conditioned conference halls with state-of-the-art facilities supports academic programmes and conduct of national and international seminars.

 

Centres

Advanced Centre of Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development (ACESSD)

Director : Prof. (Dr.) A.P. Thomas   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Government of Kerala has identified the School for the establishment of an Inter-university Centre, Advanced Centre of Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development. It has been envisaged as a common centre where all branches of Science, Social Science as well as Humanities converge so as to facilitate the conduct of programmes with inter-disciplinary dimension. The Centre also visualizes the presence of multidisciplinary scholars, scientists, educators, development practitioners, international experts and professionals who could discuss and find solutions to issues of sustainable development from an environmental and holistic perspective to suit the developmental needs in the regional, national and international levels. There are Science and Social Science groups to coordinate the academic, research and extemsion programmes. The Centre has the state of the art facilities for advanced level research. It works with an open-minded approach and established linkages with various National and International Institutes and Universities for collaborative works and exchange programmes. Researchers and professionals under the International, National and Regional Desks of the Centre give the strength and motivation for the activities.

 

The centre began its activities with the formulation of certain inter-disciplinary courses suitable to the students of the other departments in the campus. These interdisciplinary courses were designed in consultation with faculties representing various departments of the University. The Centre envisages to extend these inter-disciplinary courses to other university students of the state in future. ACESSD also focuses on international and national level collaborative research programmes in climate change, waste management, water management, biodiversity studies and various areas of sustainable development.

Out reach Centre

Under the school the University has established an outreach centre named Highrange Environmental Research Centre (HERC), at Nedumkandam, Idukki District, Kerala with an aim to extend its activities beyond the university campus, first of its kind in the university. The centre has taken up various projects pertaining to the resource conservation and environmental problems of Western Ghats. The school also coordinates a Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Ecotourism under the distance education stream of the University at this centre. The Centre is also used for the conduct of research in tribal ecology, biodiversity, pollution, landslides and soil erosion of Western Ghats.

 

Live Laboratory  - Jeevaka Live Laboratory

 

The University on World Environment Day (June 05, 2010) decided to earmark those areas of rich biodiversity in the Campus as the ‘Live Laboratory of the School’ and named as ‘Jeevaka ’. The decision was based on the study report of the students of the School on the biodiversity and eco sensitive areas of the campus. The School can use the area for its study/research programmes like

  • Habitat conservation model within the University Campus
  • Conservation of watershed, micro-habitats and related biodiversity within the campus
  • Potential and accessible area for systematic and periodic studies on vegetation and other species dynamics
  • Ideal habitats for learning and experimenting ecology, field biology aspects and techniques within the campus
  • Potential area for practicing taxonomic studies, biodiversity inventories, studies on phyto-sociology, insect-plant associations, soil chemistry, water quality, micro flora and fauna, etc