Reseach Activities - FRSD

(A) Employed as the Project Coordinator in the Center for Endogenous Development (CED) a Research Project supported by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India.  The project was titled “Isolation, Documentation of Indigenous Knowledge and Conservation of Traditional Practices in Madurai, Virudhunagar, Theni, Dindigul and Tirunelveli Districts of Tamilnadu” since 2005 at Arulmigu Kalasalingam College of Pharmacy, Anand Nagar, Krishnankoil, Virudhunagar District, Tamilnadu, India. The project was completed in June 2007.

(B) Research work on the Socio Economic Study of TAP Villages: Flora, Fauna in Reserve Forests in Ayyalur Interface Forest Division, Dindigul District, Tamilnadu and in Kolli Hills, Thuraiyur Block, Tiruchirappally District, Tamilnadu. (During Feb to April 2008), assigned by the Forest Department (Industrial Wood Research Division), Tiruchi.

(C) Completed an important project tiled “ Environmental Awareness on Invasive Species in the Western Ghats Mountains” supported by the Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund (KNCF) Japan. (Detailed research work done on Lantana camara and Prosopis juliflora in the Western Ghats Mountains)

(D) Completed a Survey work on Primates (Slender loris) in the Eastern Ghats Mountains, Dindigul and Megamalai in Theni District, supported by the Audubon Naturalist Society, USA in 2009 (Environmental Education program)

 (E) Coordinator for WINTERIM INDIA Program of the University of IOWA, USA (since 2008) and coordinating research scholars on Mountain Ecosystem in the Western Ghats

 (F) Completed a short course on “Sustainable Mountain Ecosystem” conducted by the University of IOWA, USA during January 2010 in the Western Ghats and learnt methods of field surveys, GPS     etc and guided geography students on mountain ecosystem – the Western and the Eastern Ghats Mountains (2010)

 (G) Completed four Certificate Courses on Internet Governance conducted by the Diplo Foundation, Malta (online) from  May 2010 to March 2011

 (H) Completed Advanced Phase of Intellectual Property Rights Course in September 2010 conducted by the Diplo Foundation (online) and the Research Implementation Phase has been completed in March 2011.

 (I) Research Paper on Climate Change (peer reviewed) approved for publication in CLIMATE 2010 Conference.

 (J) Research Paper on Invasive Species on the Western Ghats Mountains accepted for presentation in the PERTH UK Conference on Global Mountains, October 2010.

(K) Research on Primates in various mountain ranges in the Western Ghats, Theni district, Tamilnadu supported by the KNCF, Japan 2013-2014

(L) Research on Traditional Water Purification Technologies to combat water borne diseases. The concept/project idea was awarded a small seed grant by the Pollination Project, USA. on 18 February 2014

(M) Completed two research projects on Assessing the threats to primates and their habitats in the Western Ghats range of mountains with the help of KNCF, Japan and the IPS, USA. 



The Science of the Natural World

Water is essential for survival. Since time immemorial, all the five elements of Nature are being worshiped by people in our country. In Tamilnadu, our ancestors worshiped Nature and all the five elements and lived in harmony with Nature.  Among these elements, water occupies an important place since there is no life without water on earth.  Water is considered as one of the most important determinants of life and therefore, our ancient Tamil literature, rivers, water bodies and water resources were considered sacred.  

 Traditional Water Purification Technologies

The need of the hour is an environmentally sustainable, cost effective solution for potable water purification at home to benefit our communities drinking microbiologically contaminated impure water.

FRSD has been active in documenting traditional water purification technologies found among rural and indigenous communities.

The main reason for compiling information on traditional technologies is to rediscover our ancient, traditional methods of sustainable water purification using locally available medicinal plants, seeds and tubers that cleanse water while retaining its natural benefits.



Natura mater et magistra" - Nature is both mother and teacher