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Peermade Development Society to launch a “Start Up Project” to convert grassroots innovations into rural enterprises

PDS is all set to launch a ‘Start Up Project’(incubator) for converting grassroots innovation (innovations from informal sector) into rural enterprises. Department of Science and Technology (DST-GoI) under its i-STED has approved a five year grant support of 2.33 Crores to Peermade Development Society (PDS) for converting grassroots innovation into rural enterprises. This the first project approved by DST, GoI at national level for converting grassroots innovations into rural enterprises. Under this progarmme, rural entrepreneurs will be identified and trained to start enterprises based on grassroots innovation. The project will focus the rural entrepreneurs of hilly areas in the districts of Idukki, Wyanad, Ernamkulam, Pathanamthita and Kottayam. Innovations in sustainable agriculture and employment generation are selected for converting rural enterprises in the first phase.


PDS and Rural Technology Action Group (RuTAG) - IIT Madras jointly conducted a Workshop on "Idea Generation on Novel and Innovative Technologies for Empowering the Society (IGNITES)" on 12th February 2016 at Sahyadri Research Institute, Thattathikkanam, Kuttikkanam. The workshop was an opportunity for the participants to exchange knowledge, ideas and to network. The programme brought together the members of technical institutions, NGOs, research and development agencies, innovators, and many students from Technical Institutions. PDS' Executive Director Dr. Hubby Mathew welcomed all the delegates from RuTAG. The workshop was inaugurated by Prof V. kalyanaraman (Former Dean of ICSR and professor of Civil Engineering Department, IIT Madras). Mr S. Gopalakrishnan (Senior Project Advisor - RuTAG) took an introductory speech about the programme. Shri. C. Krishnasamy (Social Scientist, Ganghigram Trust, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu) had shared some experiences before the participants.

PDS opened their new venture - "The Sahyadri Museum" on 14th December 2015.

We are very glad to introduce our new venture - "The Sahyadri Museum" in Pallikkunnu, Peermade. The museum is blessed by Mar Mathew Arakkal - Hon. Bishop of Kanjirappally Diocese and inagurated by Mr. T. K. Jose IAS - Chaiman of Coconut Development Board and Former District Collector of Idukki District. PDS Executive director Dr. Hubby Mathew, PDS Joint Director Rev. Fr. Jose Madukkakuzhy, President Rev. Dr. Mathew Paikkat, Rev. Fr. Jose Pulickal - Syncellus of Kanjirappally Diocese, Dr. C. K. George - Former Director of PDS Organic Spices, Dr. Sr. Francia - SMMI Board member and Former Board Members of PDS - Mr. Michael Kallivayalil, Dr. Basak were also present on the occassion.

The museum is a visual treat and a knowledge bank for all with a good collection of almost all the history,of spices, the ancient tribal livelyhood, ayurvedic medicines and a lot more.

PDS opened an innovation centre for the farmer's innovations

PDS opened an innovation centre for the farmer's innovations with the support of National Innovation Foundation on 31st October 2015. The venture is blessed by Mar Mathew Arakkal, Hon. Bishop of Kanjirappally Diocese. PDS Executive Director Rev. Dr. Hubby Mathew, PDS Assistant Director Rev. Fr. Jose Madukkakuzhy, Consultant Mr. James T. J. were also present on the occasion.

The museum showcases a lot of interventions of the farmers/ ordinary people scouted to National Innovation Foundation as photos, prototypes and models. The main highlight of the museum is a multimedia Kiosk in which over one hundred farmer innovations are documented.
8th National Biennial Grassroots Innovation Awards – 2015.
7 farmers scouted by PDS have been recognized in the 8th National Biennial Grassroots Innovation Awards – 2015 and got awards for their unique grassroot innovations.
In cooperation with NABARD, PDS has launched a new project on „Natural Resource Based Livelyhood“.

With the mission to uplift the rural society and ensure sustainable development, PDS offers credits for soil conservation activities, horticulture & plantation management, water resource development and livelihood promotion like dairying ect.
In cooperation with UNDP, PDS sponsored 100 energy efficient chulhas to 100 schools in Kozhikode and Idukki District.

The smokeless chulha innovated by V. Jayaprakash consumes only 1.5 Kg of wood per hour which is less than half of the amount of firewood compared to a normal chulha.

The chulha works so efficient that it can heat up 12 liters of milk in 7 minutes. The energy efficient chulha is a real relief for the cook it not only enables the kitchen women to prepare the food in less time, it also puts an end to the associated health problems through reducing smoke.
Peermade Development Society launched new Herbal Product. - Herbal Mosquito repellent coil.

Peermade Development Society launched new Herbal Product. Herbal Mosquito repellent coil developed by PDS is released by Mr. Amalorpavanathan, CGM, NABARD on 8th March 2014 during the occasion of women's day celebration at Kattappana.