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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 &...

Sambhupuspanjali
Objectives:   The main objective of this project is to bring out critical edition of rare unique and old manuscript for the future scholars. The Śambhupuṣpāñjali is a ritual manual (paddhati) containing the details of the mantras as well as the rituals for the performance of daily worship (nityapūjā) of Lord Śiva. This text is a compilation and it liberally draws from the...
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:   a. Inventories of Magnolia species from the northeast region of India and conservation in the southern region of India. In India, there are 11 species in the wild, of which four are endemic. Most of them are distributed in the eastern Himalayas and northeast regions of India.  In addition, two species are under cultivation. b. Taxonomic study and preparing...
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...
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 and practice. The French Institute of Pondicherry from its inception has been engaged in collecting the manuscripts of the Saiva Agama-s, critically editing...
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...
The Social Sciences Winter School in Pondicherry (SSWSP) is an Indo-French cooperation that has been designed as a programme of intensive and multidisciplinary training workshops addressing theoretical and methodological issues in social sciences research. This event provides each and everyone with the opportunity of sharing experiences and research ideas. Theme:   A...
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:   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 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 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,...
Towards a History of Saivasiddhanta
Axis 2. of the Indology Department /   Objectives:   Saivasiddhanta is one of very influential Saiva sytems, which, since the first millennium, is a major feature of Indian religio-philosophical life, especially in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the most complete and strongest religious systems: even today, most of South Indian Siva temples follow Saivasiddhanta rules. Since...
Cataloguing and Preservation of Saiva Siddhanta Manuscripts
Axis 2. of the Indology Department /   Objectives:   The French Institute of Pondicherry possesses an unique collection of 8300 palm-leaf Manuscripts mainly collected from many parts of Tamilnadu and from the southern parts of Karnataka. The major subject dealt with in these palm-leaf manuscripts are the Saiva texts (the Agama-s, commentaries, manuals, etc.),...
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...
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...
Dialogic exploration of futures for sustainable farming on overexploited aquifers (DIALAQ)   Groundwater resources are confronted with an increased risk of depletion and pollution leading to more water scarcity and crisis. Water users and managers are encouraged to develop strategies that also take climate change into account. The challenge is huge considering groundwater...
Axis 1. of the Social Sciences Department /   Objectives:   After the Ervadi tragedy in an informal mental home located at the dargah in which a fire caused the death of 28 persons in 2001, government measures were taken to improve mental healthcare and to restrict the stay of patients in religious places where no psychiatric care is provided. An extensive study...
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...
Axis 1. of the Social Sciences Department /   Objectives:   The project aims to develop cross-disciplinary studies within the ambit of Medical Humanities in India. It is funded by the Wellcome Trust Indian Progamme Awards in Medical Humanities. Researchers contributing to this project examine contingencies and asymmetries of medical practice in India from historical...
Axis 2. of the Social Sciences Department /   Objectives:   This multi-disciplinary project has several objectives: To further improve the knowledge of south Indian Muslim society, which is understudied in comparison with scholarship on Muslims in North India; To contribute to the renewal of Islamic studies while putting emphasis on the “local”, not by locating Muslim...
Axis 4. of the Ecology Department /   History and Background: New tools for capacity building in Taxonomy The number of taxonomists and ecologists is dwindling the world over at an alarming rate. This has been acknowledged as one of the “taxonomic impediments” hindering the full implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The CBD Secretariat has...
Axis 3. of the Ecology Department /   Objectives:   In India, millions of farmers secure their agricultural production in agroforestry and mountain landscapes, and lakhs of forest-dwellers depend on forest for their day-to-day subsistence. Despite that, demographic pressure and economic imperatives are leading to a constant loss of forest cover associated to the...

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