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Ecology, Geomatics

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WIKWIO aims to strengthen science and technology orientation to achieving food security by enhancing agricultural productivity in the Southern African region. Agricultural productivity is hampered by many factors, one important among them being weeds. Wikwio aims to build and leverage a Science &...

Objectives:   Photography arrived in India in the 1840s. The first photographic society in South India was created in Madras in 1856. During the early decades of Indian photography, photography was accessible almost exclusively to the colonial administration and Indian elite. However by the 1880s, commercial photography studios had found their way into the bazaars of the...
Objectives:   This project,  which is supported by the British Library with funding from the Arcadia association, aims to digitise and catalogue siddha manuscripts as well as items related to siddha tradition: a private collection at Muncirai (Kanniyakumari district) and collections belonging to Siddha practitioners located in Tamil Nadu.   The manuscripts are written on...
Objectives:   a. Inventories of Magnolia species from northeast region of India and conservation at southern region of India. In India, there are 11 species in the wild, of which four are endemic. Most of them were distributed in east Himalayan and northeast regions of India.  In addition, two species are under cultivation. b. Taxonomic study and preparing the digital...
A programme on Past water systems and landscapes. In the climate monsoon system of India, vulnerability to water shortages has generated a large diversity of both surface and underground water harvesting structures over time. With a focus on past water systems and landscapes in Central India, the objective of this programme is to explore (1) the ways in which people and...
Objectives This research project aims at understanding the links between labour, skills, social and professional dynamics and social networks formation in South Asia. In a context of rapid socio-economic development in India, this project explores how the formation of skills and social networks, especially those defined at the community and individual levels¹ , influence the...
The REPASTOL exploratory program works in line with the recent considerations about agro-ecology extended to sustainable agri-food systems. It carries on a fundamentally multidisciplinary and global research on milk agri-food systems. In France and Southern Europe, raw milk production as an alternative to pasteurisation has a longstanding history; in many other places It...
Axis 2. of the Ecology Department /   Objectives:   To jointly conduct interdisciplinary research in the field of Melissopalynology and Honeybee Ecology in south India through systematic collection and analyses of honey samples and monitoring of surrounding vegetation.   Materials and methods:   This research study will be based on experiments and field work...
Axis 2. of the Indology Department /   Objectives:   The Saivasiddhanta is one of the ancient religio-philosophical systems. It was wide spread in many parts of India as well as in many countries of the South-East Asia since the first millennium. It is still very much in practice--both in private and in public—in Tamilnadu. In the course of its spread and development...
Axis 2. of the Indology Department /   Objectives:   The Saiva Agama-s are one of the fundamental canonical texts that serve as the basis for the Religio-phiosophical system of Saivasiddhanta that are still in use. The French Institute of Pondicherry from its inception has been engaged in collecting the manuscripts of the Saiva Agama-s, critically editing and...
Axis 2. of the Social Sciences Department /   Objectives: The Institute holds a strong tradition of multidisciplinary works on rural and environment issues and more specifically in the water field. The works on water underwent various development phasesfrom the 60’s and the study of the geography of irrigation (Adiceam, 1966). Databases have been developed on irrigation...
We have formulated and designed this ambitious project of Indo-French cooperation in social sciences between the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP, UMIFRE 21, USR 3330) and Pondicherry University (School of Social Sciences and International Studies), with a view towards developing a multi-year programme of intensive and multidisciplinary training workshops addressing...
Axis 1. of the Social Sciences Department /   Objectives:   Medicines, and more generally the means of which people avail to prevent, relieve or heal suffering and disease are formed, transformed and reformed in the field of health and beyond. The constitution of therapeutic spaces appears as the product of social, political and economic conditions and intra-actions...
Conservation and management of Western Ghats landscapes and ecosystems
Axis 3. of the Ecology Department /   Objectives:   Researchers at IFP’s Ecology department, together with the Geomatics and Applied Informatics Laboratory have been studying the nature and causes of land use and land cover change in the Western Ghats for several decades now. The Forest Map of South India was systematically developed using fieldwork and...
Axis 4. of the Social Sciences Department /   Objectives:   This project aims to constitute a digital archive of vulnerable and scattered documents of relevance for the study of issues of land, caste and legal culture in rural Tamil Nadu over a period of three centuries (1650-1950). These private documents have never been available to the scientific community as they...
Axis 4. of the Indology Department /   Objectives:   The IFP has wide experience of documenting south Indian temples and their murals since 1956 and its archives are useful for individuals to carry out research, temple and government authorities to rebuild temples, and serves as a resource centre to document statues now stolen. A proper and systematic digital...
Axis 4. of the Indology Department /   Objectives:   Given the favourable geographical location of the IFP in the heart of the Tamil country, the Department of Indology endeavours to study the Tamil language, history and culture in all its diversity.  An important direction of research within the "Tamil Studies" programme relates to contemporary Tamil Nadu. The...
Axis 3. of the Social Sciences Department / Objectives: Since 2003, this research programme has been working on labour, finance and social dynamics in rural southern India, starting from financiarisation. Southern economies, including rural southern India, are increasingly monetarized but also increasingly financiarised. Households have growing needs for financial services,...
Axis 1. of the Social Sciences Department /   Objectives:   These past decades, India has been facing a drastic increase in food-related diseases, which need to be examined in depth. The main objective of the programme Food and nutrition in Indian contexts is to analyze all the factors which have contributed in the past and have an effect today in the changes in food...
Axis 4. of the Ecology Department /   Objectives:   Accurate knowledge of the identity, geographic distribution and uses (or harmfulness) of plants underpins the success of agriculture and biodiversity conservation. In addition to the lack of readily accessible information on the species and data on their distribution impedes biodiversity conservation and...
Axis 4. of the Indology Department /   Objectives:   A Pioneering CD-ROM project on the identification of Hindu Gods and Goddesses is going on to identify the Hindu icons by using the Biotik software of the Ecology department in association with Dr.J.P. Pascal, the former Director and Dr.Pierre Grard, the present Director.   The identification of Hindu Icons in...
Axis 4. of the Indology Department /   Objectives:   The IFP disposes of an extremely rare collection of photographs dating back to 1956 and subsequently enhanced over the years. This assorted collection (the only one of its kind), consists of about 1,50,000 black and white photographs and 5500 colour films and slides. Ranked as the richest in India, the collection...
Axis 4. of the Indology Department /   Objectives: To prepare an exhaustive historical study of the Buddhist sites. To make photo documentation of all the sites. The final output will be a CD-ROM  and also a web version of the same. Materials and methods: The sites were studied using literature, inscriptions and archaeological reports. The photo...
Axis 3. of the Indology Department / Objectives:   Tamil, one of the classical languages in India, is also an ever-evolving contemporary language practiced in more than three continents. The IFP, situated in the heart of Tamil Nadu, has consistently developed over the last five years a small research unit on Contemporary Tamil studies with focus on the transition to...
Axis 1. of the Ecology Department / Objectives:   Ecosystems worldwide are changing as a result of myriad anthropogenic processes viz., deforestation, fragmentation, hunting, changes in CO2 concentrations, increasing temperatures and altered rates of nitrogen deposition etc. It may be easy to measure these physical and chemical drivers with reasonable accuracy and...
Axis 1. of the Indology Department /   Objectives:   In Sanskrit culture, Grammar (vyakarana) is given a central place. It is even considered as the first science (sastra). The Astadhyayi of Panini ( 4th century BC), codifies what we term as " classical " Sanskrit. A long series of commentaries have elucidated this over more than 2000 years old complex seminal text....
Axis 4. of the Ecology Department /   Objectives:   The Western Ghats, a mountainous ridge running parallel to the west coast of India’s ancient peninsula, has a rich and intriguing history. The Western Ghats Portal seeks to provide a platform for aggregating diverse information on the biodiversity of the Western Ghats. The Western Ghats Portal has now been...
Axis 2. of the Ecology Department /   Objectives:   (i) To reconstruct the dynamics of land-cover changes in the study area and its catchments using biological proxies (pollen, if required – phytoliths) by understanding the vegetation history through time and land-use changes during the most recent periods. (ii) To systematically document pollen vegetation markers,...
Axis 4. of the Ecology Department / Objectives: WIKWIO aims to strengthen science and technology orientation to achieving food security by enhancing agricultural productivity in the Southern African region. Agricultural productivity is hampered by many factors, one important among them being weeds. Wikwio aims to build and leverage a Science & Technology network which will...
Axis 4. of the Indology Department /   Objectives:   Jainism has had a fundamental importance in the construction of Tamil culture through the centuries, but has not yet been studied as much as it should. The aim of this project is to describe the Jain cultural and religious heritage of Tamil Nadu through a study of selected temples. The investigation will deal with...
Xylology and dendrochronology of tropical Indian trees
Axis 1. of the Ecology Department /   DOWNLOAD POSTER   Objectives:   The study of wood anatomy, Xylology, and the scientific dating of tree growth rings, Dendrochronology, are techniques used in this lab to obtain insights into the development, growth and survival of trees. In the context of forest dynamics, these techniques provide a historical dimension to our...

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