Academic Programmes

Academic Programmes

  • Academic Programmes

    TIES offers credited academic programmes leading to a degree, a diploma or any certification course. Students also have the provision to do research projects under the guidance of any experts at TIES.

    1. Doctoral programme in Environmental & Atmospheric Sciences (Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam)

    TIES is an approved research centre of Mahatma Gandhi University for conducting various research projects for Ph.D. programmes. Students can register for required programmes with the institute, and under the guidance of a project advisor, they can conduct thorough study at the TIES campus. The course work shall be conducted at the expense of the student. In conducting the study at TIES, students should strictly follow the rules and regulations set by Mahatma Gandhi University. 

    2. Short-term certificate courses

    TIES offers short-term certificate courses in various subjects related to environment such as Solid Waste Management, Water quality analysis and conservation techniques, Mushroom farming and lab culture methods, alternate energy equipments and instruments assembling, waste water treatment technologies etc.

    Courses are of 10 – 50 days duration. Details of fee structure are available from the office on request. Certificates will be issued by Ministry of Small, Medium and micro Enterprises (MSME), Govt. of India. The courses are conducted in association with MSME –TS, Ettumanoor, Kottayam. 

    a. TRTP- TIES Research Training Programme: For UG, PG & MPhil students from Indian and foreign universities

    TRTP is a unique research training programme for B.Sc, M. Sc and M. Phil students of Indian and foreign universities which aims at imparting personalised experience in research methods on various subjects such as biotechnology, microbiology, biochemistry, food & nutrition, toxicology, phytochemistry, environmental sciences etc.

    More than eight hundred students hailing from 25 colleges, covering seven south Indian Universities have completed their U.G. / P.G projects, in this scheme.  TRTP trained students have consistently bagged first positions and highest scores for projects in all seven South Indian Universities, since 2004. Most of the projects have been published in journals or presented in science congress/conferences/seminars by students themselves.

    TRTP is the pioneer and only comprehensive package for students in short term research training in India. It offers meticulously planned lab work, library assistance including 24 hrs Internet service and lab facilities. The programme is guided by expert researchers with more than 25 years of experience in teaching and scientific research. Currently, TIES research methodology training and thesis are rated as best in all collaborating institutions

    Salient futures of TRTP:

    1. Research methods and thesis format are at par with international standards. Facilitates publication of paper in local/national journal based on the project work.

    2. Supervision and guidance by well known research guides on every aspects of the project

    3. Individual attention to each student on research methods, literature collection, review preparation, lab and field methods, data analysis and thesis writing.

    4. In house reference library with all relevant and up to date journals and books including all major national and international titles

    5. Strict time schedule and well designed work plan. Students should submit the bound thesis on the last day of their training.

    6. Everyday internet based updating service for latest research publications. Training on keyword search on the web.

    7. 24 hour broad band internet facility

    8. State-of-the art photography equipments including microphotography and plate making service

    9. Well equipped laboratories and other facilities

    10. Collaborations with neighbouring research institutions

    Type of projects

    TIES offer this research training programme for Under Graduate (U.G), Post Graduate (P.G) and M. Phil. Students, pursuing their degree in any Indian/foreign University or affiliated colleges. Anybody wish to participate in TRTP can also join personally through open stream entry.

    1. Major Projects: They are 2-6 months long and completed with full fledged thesis. It designed for final semester U.G, final semester P.G and M.Phil. students.

    2. Minor Projects: They are 2 weeks to one month with a training report and thesis if   needed. This program is for first year P.G and final semester U.G students.

    3. Hands-on-training:  These are one week to one month long completed with a training report. Any aspirant student can apply for it.  All students undergoing any mode of training will be awarded a course certificate and evaluation grades on successful completion.  

    How to join?

    Students who wish to join TRTP shall send a request letter for the same from the Head of the Department or Institution, to the Coordinator, TIES Research Training Programme, well before the expected commencement of the programme. A copy of bio-data, SSLC book and a recent passport size photograph also should be attached. Applications will be screened on the basis of their previous academic record and selected students will be contacted. Such candidates may submit the duly filled application along with the DD in order to confirm their admission. Those who join through open stream do not need request letter from the academic institutions. They may submit applications at their own. 

    b. Tropical Biodiversity Field School

    Tropical Biodiversity Field School (TBFS) programme is carried out to introduce the students to the rich biodiversity of western ghat and Kerala, the unique habitat they forms, their use and socio-ecological aspects, conservation efforts and management issues, ethnic and traditional skills, folk art and knowledge linked to nature and natural phenomena, agro biodiversity, local history and knowledge, traditional practices of agriculture, pest management practices, and environmental biotechnology and advancements in these sectors. The study mode includes field visits and direct interaction with respective stakeholders. The students are exposed to various aspects in a planned and systematic manner but through an informal, enjoyable and participatory mode of learning programme.

    The entire state of Kerala will be a class room for the students where they learn about the unique faunal and floral diversity and its role in interacting communities. Along with learning process, students also can enjoy the beauty and science of folk knowledge, the way by which it is conserved or the mode of its modernization and the impacts of global economic and ecological changes. At the end of the programme students will identify and develop some cross-cultural skills that will lead to the opening of new avenues of research or job which deals with the unique tropical biodiversity and its conservation. 

    c. Naturalist Training Programme 

    Naturalist training programme is a specialized and certified training course for school and college students, teachers, and passionate youngsters with scientific skills of nature studies and education. It is mainly intended to impart the skills to identify plants, fishes, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, birds, dragonflies and damselflies, and other insects.

    Aim and objectives:

    The principal aim of the project is to turn up youngsters into naturalists by which they can become the stewards of our nature and biodiversity. The major objectives include:

    1. To equip passionate nature lovers with scientific skills to identify the flora and fauna of the locality.

    2. To introduce the nature study techniques and methods of flora-fauna identification to students, teachers and other interested youngsters

    3. To provide opportunities for interacting with field experts of common taxa of the locality

    4. To develop an interest on biodiversity among the students and teachers





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