Jadavpur University, Kolkata
Established in 1955, Jadavpur University is a Unitary University with 4 Faculties (Arts, Science, Engineering & Technology and Interdisciplinary Studies), 37 Academic departments, 21 Schools of Interdisciplinary Research and 41 Interdisciplinary Research Centres including the SYLFF programme. Jadavpur University was ranked 1st in India by p-index of research papers (SCOPUS). NESTA, UK’s innovation foundation, ranked Jadavpur as the leading research institution in their list of 21 institutes with global research accomplishments (in terms of at least 200 top decile papers) during 2001-2010, while SCIMAGO Institutional Ranking (2012) adjudged as 2nd best among universities in India. Originating in the anti-colonial National Council of Education (1906) to “achieve self-reliance through empowerment of youth by imparting the best of global knowledge, technical education, and awareness of social, cultural, political, economic realities of the state, the nation and the world”, Jadavpur University has consistently set new frontiers in science, technology, humanities and social science innovation and outreach, and established unique interdisciplinary schools and centres. It has provided research and policy support for state and national governments and international bodies, and conventional and non-conventional technological development for society at large, including both established industries and disadvantaged groups, through innovation and adaptation. It is also deeply engaged in the development and validation of different types of indigenous knowledge. The university has been pursuing R&D and unique inventions in multiple areas of strategic importance with potential for local, national and global knowledge enhancement and social change. Building on these strengths, Jadavpur is now rightly poised to make a quantum leap to the level of an Innovation University.
Centre for Environment and Development
Set up in 1997, the Centre for Environment and Development (CED) has grown into an interdisciplinary base as an autonomous civil society organisation. Founded with an endowment, CED has focused its attention to the areas of action research, analytical reporting, preparation of integrated management plan, environment impact assessment and auditing, imparting training policy research and publications. CED works in the fields of Ecological Impact Analysis of Development Projects, Integrated Management of Natural Resources, Biodiversity Conservation, Sustainable Development, Coastal Zone Management and Impacts of Climate Change. CED provides professional services in the form of analytical research and consultancy.
Chilika Development Authority, Orrisa
Chilika Development Authority (CDA) was created under the administrative control of the Forest and Environment Department, Government of Orissa, in 1992 for restoring the lake ecosystem and sustainable management of the lake resources. CDA undertook several measures for Lake Remediation, most important of which was a major hydrological intervention in the form of opening a new mouth to restore its hydrological regime. This resulted in restoration of the lake ecosystem, improvement of salinity regime, enhancement of fish landing, decrease of invasive species and improvement of livelihoods of communities. Owing to this, the prestigious Ramsar Wetland Conservation Award was awarded to the CDA in 2002.
National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC)
National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) is a constituent of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). It is responsible for satellite data acquisition, processing and dissemination from various Indian and foreign satellites, aerial surveys and large scale mapping services. This provides geospatial solutions to various user agencies and Outreach through training, workshops, student projects & promotional activities, related to remote sensing applications at a regional and national level.
Founded in 2005 by academics and activists to form a think tank, Sansristi envisioned supporting women in their efforts for collaborating with each other. Sansristi stresses on real world analysis and a concern for the living standards for women to produce quality research based on critical analyses and women’s voices. The research areas include women’s perspective of Development induced displacement; migration and its impact on women; conflict affected women; gender budgeting; globalisation & media; maternity protection; land rights of women; discrimination against the girl child, women’s movement in Orissa, Gender mainstreaming of Resettlement & Rehabilitation and Women Self Help Groups.