RCE Thiruvananthapuram

Photo Credit: RCE Thiruvananthapuram
Rce details
Date of RCE acknowledgement:
August, 2016
Description of RCE and Geographic Region:

Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of the South Indian State of Kerala with the highest Human Development Index in the country. Thiruvananthapuram is built on seven hills by the sea shore and is strategically located within the Western Ghats Biodiversity Hotspot. Thiruvananthapuram literally translates as the "City of Deity Lord Ananta" deriving from the Padmanabhaswamy temple, at the heart of the city. 

There are many cultural and environmental icons in the city like Kovalam Beach, Shanghumugham Beach, the Napier Museum and Zoo, the Agasthyarkoodam Peak, the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, the KuthiraMalika Palace, and the Ponmudi Hillstation. Apart from being the political centre of Kerala, the region serves as an academic and research hub, and is home to several educational institutions.

Goals and Objectives:


The vision of the RCE Thiruvananthapuram is to tackle the problems identified in the key challenges in the region and contribute to the promotion of Education for Sustainable Development at regional, national and global levels. RCE Thiruvananthapuram aims to create a benchmark for other regions in tackling sustainable development challenges and contribute to the goals set by the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.

Goals and objectives:

Short-term objectives

  • Create an interdisciplinary and multifaceted platform for promoting collaborative initiatives among the key regional stakeholders and others interested to realize a sustainable Trivandrum
  • Formulate a comprehensive research database and network for the Government and Industry to help them integrate sustainability into their policies and practices
  • Empower and educate the youth in the region to be a formidable force in pressing issues of sustainability and building youth volunteer initiatives
  • Develop several capacity building initiatives and training sessions to educate people entrusted with various roles in society to practice sustainability in their vocations

Long-term objectives

  • Raise public awareness and action about the key sustainability issues in the region (especially in the contect of threatened biodiversity, agriculture, and traditional knowledge) for a sustainable way of life in the region
  • Bring about interregional and global collaboration with other RCEs, developing joint projects, research and mechanisms for sharing and disseminating knowledge, experiences, expertise and best practices in ESD
Organisation Hosting RCE Secretariat:

Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) is the Secretariat of RCE Thiruvananthapuram acknowledged by United Nations University. CISSA has taken the lead role in establishing the RCE in Thiruvananthapuram by inviting various Stakeholders into the RCE network and is functioning as its Secretariat at Thiruvananthapuram. Apart from being its Secretariat, CISSA facilitate a mentoring role to RCE Thiruvananthapuram by providing expert guidance to intellectual discussions and activities initiated by the RCE Thiruvananthapuram.

Key Partners:

Name of organisation: CISSA
Role: Governing body
Contact name: C Suresh Kumar
Contact email: drcsureshkumar@gmail.com

Name of organisation: IIITMK
Role: Stakeholder
Contact name: Ajitha Nayar
Contact email: ajitha.nayar@iiitmk.ac.in

Current Activities:
  • Campus Leaders Program
  • Low Carbon School Project
  • Children’s Agri Science Project
Upcoming Activities:
  • Campus Leaders Program
  • Low Carbon School Project
  • Children’s Agri Science Project
Communication Channels
Twitter handle:
Contact Details
Main RCE Contact:
Dr. Sureshkumar C
Secondary RCE Contact:
Prof. P. Vijayachandran
RCE Youth Coordinator(s):
Sachin Sathyarajan
General RCE email:
RCE mailing address for correspondence:

RCE Thiruvananthapuram
Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA)
T.C .15/510, USRA-55, Udarasiromani Road,
Near Police Head Quarters, Vellayambalam,
Thiruvananthapuram-695010, Kerala, India