About National Institute of Plant Science Technology
This will be a unique University Institute enrolling students through competitive examinations at the National level in the campus of Mahatma Gandhi University for advanced education in plant science, promoting research in Interdisciplinary areas of 'Plants and their Environment Relations' towards developing 'Plant-based Eco-technologies'. The Institute will inspire students to apply their creative talents to research potentials of the rich botanical wealth of Kerala in the development of globally significant technologies useful in sustainable agricultural, phyto-medicinal, bio-fuel, bio-based industrial and eco-remediation purposes. Instead of keeping science and technology as watertight compartments in conventional programmes, this institute will enable science students to end up their postgraduation to a productive research on plant-based eco-technology and entrepreneurship based on the technology that they develop. Overall, the Institute aims at boosting entrepreneurship in the country through productive research in plant science.
The institute will have advanced instrumental as well as experimental facilities for plant scientists to pursue excellence in all branches of plant science and is expected to contribute to the talent pool of researchers and specialized technicians in plant-based technologies.
Technologies to be focused in the programme include those for plant medicines, nutrasceuticals, sustainable agriculture, Phytoremediation and all kinds of bio-fuels. In addition to advanced research laboratories for the above mentioned technologies, the institute will have a medicinal garden, field experimental station, regional herbarium and museum of plant resources of the Western Ghats.
Major goal of this programme is to attract academically bright undergraduate and graduate students at National Level to study and do productive research on the vast plant wealth of the country, and to support entrepreneurship in the field. This centre will help students to study and explore the potential plant wealth of the nation; apply creatively and positively plant science for sustainable economic growth of the nation and becoming a leader of eco-technologies in the world.