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Central Tuber Crops Research Institute


CTCRI started functioning in july 1963 with its headquarters at Sreekaryam near Trivandrum. It has a regional center at Bhubaneswar. The Institute co ordinates all India Co- ordinated research projects on tuber crops and is one of the centers of All India Co-ordinated research projects on harvest and post harvest technologies.
Mandate of CTCRI is to:
To undertake basic, strategic and applied research for generating technologies to enhance productivity and utilization potential of tuber crops (other than potato)
To act as a national repository of scientific information on tuber crops
To coordinate network research with state Agricultural universities for generating location specific technologies
To act as a centre of human resources development for various clientele systems involved in tuber crops research and development.
To undertake transfer of tuber crops technology through consultancy, outreach programmes and linkage with developmental agencies.



National Research Centre for Oil Palm, (Regional Station) Palode


The Research Centre has established in 1959 under the erstwhile Central Arecanut Committee. In 1970, it became a part of the Central Plantation Crops Research Institute(CPCRI) and in 1999 it became a Regional Station of the Nation Research Centre for Oil Palm (NRCOP) with its Head quarters at Pedavegi in Andhra Pradesh under Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). the Research Centre located at Palode village 35 km away from Thiruvananthapuram the capital city of Kerala State.


College of Agriculture, Vellayani


The College of Agriculture, Vellayani was established in May, 1955 and continues as the Centre of undergraduate and Post Graduate education. The institution was set up in the palace building belonging to the royal family of erstwhile Travancore-Cochin State. Besides post graduate research, majority of the Scientists also take up research work. Under their guidance a number of research programmes sanctioned by the external funding agencies are being implemented. Many valuable recommendations and technologies have emerged out of the research activities. New varieties, improved propagation methods including tissue-culture, modern methods of pest management, evaluation of socio-economic programmes implemented by the different departments of State Government and voluntary organisations are some of the areas covered by the research activities of the college.


Rajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology


Rajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology is the only institution of its kind within the country, exclusively devoted to Biotechnology, focusing precisely on translational research. All RGCB research programs are created with the underlying concept of "bench to bedside" and "lab to land" seeking to promote better health care and improved productivity of spices and medicical plants. The institute has 6 highly focused research departments working on medical biotechnology and plant genetic engineering (Molecular Medicine, Molecular Endocrinology & Reproduction, Molecular Microbiology, Cancer Biology, Neurobiology and Plant Molecular Biology). The institute has major interdisciplinary consortium research programs on vaccine development, bioinformatics and bioprospecting for clinically bioactive compounds. A Program of Excellence in Translational Research (PETR) in collaboration with the Regional Cancer Center allows RGCB to carry out leading translational cancer research. True to it's commitment to translating biotechnology for economic development, RGCB has started strong industrial collaboration and offers incubator facilities for start up biotech companies. RGCB has also not forgotten its social commitments to the State and provides critical services for the community.