Activities & Projects

The Rajagiri College of Social Sciences has established a Research Institute in 1972, to spearhead research and training in the field of social welfare, community development, and women empowerment. The roots of the Institute have journeyed across the districts of Kerala and in association with various International /National/State departments/Corporate agencies it has undertaken Research Studies (Sponsored and Non-Sponsored) of national and regional relevance, Tribal Development programmes, Training/ Workshops, Watershed Management programmes, Awareness Generation Programmes, Women Studies/Activities, Certificate Courses on Research Methodology and Documentation/Publications.

a. Research Studies

Over the years, the Institute has undertaken 137 research studies in the categories: Evaluation of Projects/Programmes, Market Surveys, & Need Assessment/Socio-economic Surveys, SC & ST, Environment & Health, Education, Children & Women, Senior Citizen/Youth, Disability etc. A few of the major research studies are as follows;

Major Research studies Sponsored Agency Year
Impact of Janamaithri Sraksha Project on the safety and security of the Tribal people Home Dept. Govt. of Kerala 2015
Annual Performance Assessment of Local Self Governments (LSGs) in Kerala under KLGSDP World Bank 2014
An evaluation study on the Impact of Alcoholism in Kerala Evaluation Division, Kerala State Planning Board, Govt. of Kerala 2013
A Situational Study on Women Prisoners in Kerala National Commission for Women, Govt. of India 2012
Influence of Janamaithri Suraksha Project on the Communities of the 9 Police Station Limits of Kerala Home Department, Govt. of Kerala 2011
Need Assessment study of the Workers of Kalamassery & Perambra units of Apollo Tyres Ltd. and Communities residing nearby Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries-(FICCI) Aditya Birla CSR Centre for Excellence, New Delhi 2010
RSBY- CHIS, Evaluation Survey Labour & Rehabilitation Department, Govt. of Kerala 2009
Problems of NRI Women in Kerala Indian Council for Social Science Research, (ICSSR) New Delhi 2008
An Evaluation Study on Deen Dayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme in Kerala Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India 2007
The Problems of Single Women in Kerala National Commission for Women, Govt. of India, New Delhi. 2006
Study on Women and Governance at the Grassroots IC centre for Governance and Vadilal Gandhi Foundation, New Delhi. 2006
Socio-economic Study of Kochi ,Kozhikode and Thrissur Corporations Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Project (KSUDP) ), Govt. of Kerala and Asian Development Bank, (ADB ) 2004
A Situational Analysis of Domestic Violence Against Women in Kerala Dept. of Women & Children, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India 2005
A study on the Problems of Women Workers in the Coir Sector in Kerala State Women’s Commission, Govt. of Kerala 2004
Baseline Survey of ICDS Phase III Project – Kerala with special focus on nutritional status of pregnant and lactating mothers World Bank 2001
KAP Survey of ICDS Functionaries in Kerala UNICEF, Madras. 1998
Situational study on Child Labourers in Cochin and Kozhikode Corporations International .Labour Organisation (ILO), Geneva 1996
Fisheries Forecast Study Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Ahmedabad and National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA), Hyderabad 1995
Impact of Growth Monitoring on the children of ICDS and Non ICDS in Kerala the Ministry of HRD, New Delhi 1994
Socio-economic aspects of water supply, health, and sanitation Dutch Danish Foundation 1993
Monitoring and Evaluation of Social Components in ICDS under Phase-II from 1986-88 the National Institute of Public Co-operation and Child Development New Delhi 1988

b. Action Research Projects – (Jalanidhi Projects)

With a wide vision that research should lead to action, the institute expanded its spectrum of activities to include Watershed Management and related activities. The institute has successfully completed 2 Jalanidhi projects, one at Nilamboor, Malappuram district and the other at Chennamangalam, Ernakulam district and another two projects are ongoing – one at Vannapuram Grama Panchayat, Idukki district and the other at Nedumkunnam Grama Panchayat, Kottayam district.

c. Trainings/Workshops

Training programmes is yet another area where the Institute has been very active for more than half a decade. In the past, more than 400 training programmes for various stakeholders viz; SC & ST medical/engineering entrants, cooks of tribal hostels, family counselors, functionaries of voluntary organizations and corporate bodies, probation officers, NGO representatives, health professionals, functionaries etc. Major ones:

Major Trainings/Workshops Sponsored Agency Year
25 Safety and First Aid Trainings to Tank Truck Crew of IOCL, & BPCL Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.(IOCL), Kochi & BPCL, Kochi 2013- 15
17 Awareness Workshops for Working Women in the Unorganized Sector Ministry of Labour and Employment, Govt. of India 2015
14 Women Empowerment training programmes for Women Employees of Federal Bank Ltd. Federal Bank Ltd 2014
5 Workshops on ‘Water Testing, Water Purification and Application of Mathematics’ at Rajagiri Public School, Kalamassery. KeralaState Council for Science Technology and Environment ( KSCSTE) 2013
National Seminar on Advanced Research Methodology University Grants Commission (UGC) 2011
State level Consultative Meet on Women Power Connect UNIFEM & WPC, New Delhi 2010
5 Workshops on Legal Awareness for Women National Commission for Women, Govt. of India 2009
12 SPSS & Research Methodology trainings Organized Rajagiri College of Social Sciences, Kalammassery 2005-15
5 Hospitality Management Trainings for Women in Kudumbasree organized at Rajagiri College of Social Sciences Kudumbasree Mission, Govt. of Kerala 2005
158 Road Safety Awareness Programmes Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways, Govt. of India 2004-07 & 2009
International Workshop on ‘Community Participation in Health Care Management Ministry of Health, State of Israel 2002
5 Basic and Advanced AVP (Alternatives to Violence Project) Workshops AVP Britain 2000-2002
Workshop on KAP study on ICDS Functionaries in Kerala UNICEF, Madras 1999
3 Training Programme for Correctional Administration Social Welfare Department, Kerala 1998-1999
One month training programmes for Women’s and Adolescent Girls of Lakshadweep Lakshadweep Administration 1995

d. Tribal Development Programmes

Over the years, a number of programmes visualizing the overall development of the tribes in the state have been implemented by the Institute. The institute has been accorded the accreditation of ‘A category’ in undertaking tribal development programmes by the Scheduled Tribes Development Department, Govt. of Kerala. A few of the major programmes- research studies/trainings conducted in this regard are;

Research studies/Trainings Sponsoring Agency
Conservation, Management and Sustainable Utilisation of Non-timber Forest Product, in Southern Western Ghats, Kerala, India – Monitoring of Socio-economic components. Bio-diversity Support Programme – Consortium of World Wild Life Fund Washington, USAID and World Resources Institute)
Herbal Nursery as a mechanism for Income Generation for Tribal women in Maniyankinar and Marottichal settlements in Thrissur Scheduled Tribes ( ST )Development Department, Govt. of Kerala
Need Assessment studies in the selected tribal colonies of Thrissur Scheduled Tribes (ST )Development Dept, Govt. of Kerala
3 Trainings of one month duration on Personality Development and English language for the Scheduled Tribe Medical and Engineering Entrants in the state of Kerala. Scheduled Tribes (ST) Development Dept, Govt. of Kerala
5 Training programmes for the cooks/mess managers in the pre-metric/model residential schools for ST students, Scheduled Tribes (ST) Development Dept, Govt. of Kerala.

e. Awareness Generation Programmes (AGP)

Awareness programms on topics viz. road safety, health & hygiene, cancer; HIV/AIDS etc. were organized in different communities/ panchayaths with the support of various govt. and non-government departments/agencies. These programmes were implemented through workshops, awareness camps, competitions, street plays, rallies and padayatras and IEC materials.

f. Road Safety Promotion Activities

Over the years, the Institute has carried out more than 200 road safety awareness programmes in the various communities, educational institutions and corporate agencies across Ernakulam district.

Considering the importance of the Road safety and to mark the golden Jubilee of the College and the third year (2004-05) of the conduct of the road safety programmes, the Research Institute, has set up a Road Safety Cell to co-ordinate the various programmes related to Road Safety. A number of programmes has been carried out on a regular basis in this regard especially for the drivers of Corporate agencies like; Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL), Bharath Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (BPCL), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (HPCL), Cochin International Air Port Ltd. (CIAL), etc.

g. Women Studies/ Activities - Center for Women’s Studies and Development (CWSD)

The Institute has initiated a centre which focuses on real issues faced by women and strives to create a voice and safe environment for all women in Kerala through advocacy, leadership development Public hearings, legal awareness campaigns, formation of self-help groups, and initiation of income generating programmes. The center promotes women’s studies and women empowerment programmes. The areas on which the center concentrated in the recent past were: domestic violence, gender issues, economic empowerment, gender workshops and community engagement programmes.

h. Certificate Courses

In addition to the various activities mentioned above, the institute has been engaged in imparting courses on the following Subjects: Over the years 15 courses have been undertaken under the sponsorship of various institutions including Rajagiri College of Social Sciences, University Grants Commission (UGC) and Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR).

  •  Research Methodology Course for Professors/ Teachers.
  •  Advanced Research Methodology Course for Professionals working in the Govt. Depts. /NGOs, Academics and Research scholars.
  •  SPSS Course for Teachers, Research Guides and Ph.D Scholars.
  •  Research Methodology Course for Ph. D students in Social Sciences, 
  • (Commencing in February 25th to March 5th 2016) .

i. Documentations/Publications

The institute has a publication wing that focuses on the dissemination of the findings and conclusions of the various research studies. The reports of all the training programmes organized are also documented for academic reference.

j. Consultancy Services

Consultancy for Carrying out Annual Performance Assessment of Local Self Governments (LSGs) in Kerala under KLGSDP. The Research Institute and Sutra Consultants Odisha were the consultants of the Govt. of Kerala in its implementation of the prestigious project ‘Kerala Local Government Service Delivery Project (KLGSDP)’ supported by the World Bank.

Performance assessment of all the 1038 LSGs comprising 978 Grama Panchayats and 60 Municipalities was carried out on the 4 themes viz; 1. Planning and Budgeting, 2.Project Execution and Service Delivery, 3.Accounting, Financial Reporting and Audit, and 4.Participation, Transparency and Accountability. Further, Quality Assurance Audit of 10% of the LSGs from each of the 14 districts of Kerala was held. The project made use of the Expertise of; Institutional specialist, Finance and Procurement Audit Specialist, Safeguard Specialist, Statistical Analyst, IT Specialist and Training Specialist in successfully carrying out the assignment.

Major Collaborators of the Research Institute

  •  World Bank
  •  Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  •  UNICEF
  •  International Labour Organisation (ILO)
  •  Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Govt. of India.
  •  National Commission for Women( NCW ) Govt. of India, New Delhi.
  •  Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India.
  •  Ministry of Labour, Govt. of India.
  •  Dept. of Women and Child Devt, Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India.
  •  Dept. of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India.
  •  Indian Space Research Organisation ( ISRO)
  •  Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICCR)
  •  University Grants Commission (UGC)
  •  Home Department., Govt. of Kerala
  •  Social Justice Department, Govt. of Kerala.
  •  State Women’s Commission (SWC) Govt. of Kerala.
  •  Scheduled Tribes (ST) Development Dept., Govt. of Kerala.
  •  Kerala State Social Welfare Board, Govt. of Kerala.
  •  State Planning Board, Govt. of Kerala.
  •  Corporate Agencies – IOC, BPCL, HPCL, CIAL, Federal Bank Ltd., FICCI