College – NGO Partnership Initiative (CNPI)

College – NGO Partnership Initiative (CNPI)

  • College – NGO Partnership Initiative (CNPI)

    College - NGO Partnership Initiative (CNPI) is a mutually benefitting research–cum– extension project of TIES, involving students and faculty of affiliated colleges in India. CNPI is basically a student capacity building programme, equipping them to meet the challenges and to evolve a socially and environmentally responsible society. It aims to inculcate research culture among students and faculty of affiliated colleges to empower colleges to take up social and environmental issues and to develop the right scientific temper and outlook. During the first phase of the project, colleges in Kerala have been included, then the south Indian states will be included in the second phase, and finally the entire country. 

    College- NGO Partnership Initiative (CNPI)

    University Grants Commission (UGC) has formulated a document for Inclusive and Qualitative Expansion of higher education in our country during the 12th Five Year Plan period. Substantial increase of financial assistance has been envisaged to up-scale the existing system with modifications incorporating new schemes, all these aim for a quantum jump in higher education sector, on a par with the developing world.

    We are running the system giving due relevance to the three pillars of higher education: teaching, research and extension, usually refereed as the ‘trinity’ of responsibilities. The universities in India are designed to work in this manner and several successful models have been evolved during the post-independent era. However, the affiliated system of colleges in India are traditionally oriented towards teaching and learning, and a little to the community extension component, largely ignoring the research component.  Even though a number of departments in affiliated colleges are approved research centres of respective universities, student involvement in such programmes are very minimal. University Grants Commission has made several steps to promote research and extension activities in affiliated colleges and recorded significant turn outs in faculty led research projects, but involvement of student community in such programmes still remains as an unaccomplished task.

    The introduction of project/ dissertation work for UG and PG students is a significant step to promote research culture, but the prevailing system in our colleges doesn’t allow much progress in this area. Considering the above facts National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has included this aspect in the NAAC accreditation process and set up criteria for assessing the performance of colleges in research and extension programmes based on College -NGO collaborative programmes.

    TIES-CNPI provides ample avenues for colleges to improve their stakes in research and extension activities involving faculty and students with the constant support of experts and scientists from TIES. Being an environmental research and action organisation, TIES will be benefitted through the rich human resource and localised infrastructure support from the colleges. In brief, colleges can use their rich human resource and infrastructure facilities for conducting socially and environmentally important research and extension activities availing the vast expertise of Tropical Institute of Ecological Sciences, in the conduct of such projects and programmes.


    To inculcate research culture among students and faculty of affiliated colleges to empower colleges to take up social and environmental issues and to develop the right scientific temper and outlook.


    • To provide research support to colleges to conduct research projects on social and ecological issues involving faculty and students
    • To conduct community extension and development projects through Peoples Research Programmes/ Projects (PRPs)
    • To impart scientific methods and research techniques among students and faculty to deal with emerging social and environmental issues
    • To study, suggest and implement solutions to environmental problems through timely interventions

    Benefifs for Colleges through CNPI

    • Participation and capacity building for students and faculty in conducting research and extension projects in socially relevant and applied areas
    • Scientific publications based on the studies and activities
    • Enhanced stake for the college in community development programmes (waste management, water and energy conservation, natural farming, livelihood issues, gender issues etc.)

    Benefits for TIES through CNPI

    • Peoples Research programmes can be done using the rich human resource of the colleges
    • Scientific publications jointly authored with college contributors
    • Improved database and stake in community developmental activities

    First phase programmes

    During the first phase of the project (first year) the following programmes are suggested for collaborative activities:

    1. Energy audit and conservation programmes for the college- report publication.

    2. Water audit and conservation programmes for the college- report publication.

    3. Paper recycling project-Paper bag manufacturing, selling (Earn while you Learn)

    4. Healthy Food campaign

    5. Walking and Cycling promotion

    6. My College, My Nature Project (Biodiversity survey, conservation) - report publication.

    7. Participation in Wild Flower show

    8. Waste management survey- Biogas plant for food waste management

    9. Peoples Research Project- an extensive study on a local environmental issue using 100-200 students and 5-10 faculty members (short term- maximum one month period). Publication of the study report.

    Suggested programme schedule

    Date    - Formal inauguration of CNPI at the college

    Dates   - Implementation of all the 9 projects

    Date    - Publication of final report; valedictory function at the college

    How to apply

    Colleges wish to join CNPI shall make their intend through a formal letter to Director, CNPI, Tropical Institute of Ecological Sciences, Kottayam.  The selected colleges will be given a draft copy of the MOU for discussion. After signing the formal MOU by both parties, the CNPI programmes will be started as per the schedule.

    For more details and to submit application:                    

    College-NGO Partnership Initiative (CNPI)

    Tropical Institute of Ecological Sciences

    Velloor P.O., Kottayam 686 501. Kerala. India.

    Tel. 0481 2503988; 9497290339

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