St. Aloysius College, Edathua, Alappuzha, Kerala, India


Aloysian Study Centre on Kuttanad (ASCK) is an extension programme of the college to pursue studies and research on various issues confronting Kuttanad. Widely known as the rice bowl of Kerala, Kuttanad is one of the few places in the world, and the only one in India, where farming activities are being held below sea level. The region has more than 1.8 million residents, and most of them are agricultural workers who do not own the rice fields where they work.  

The major objectives of the Centre are

  1. To pursue studies on issues confronting Kuttanad
  2. To make available existing literature on Kuttanad
  3. To study the social, political, economic, cultural, agricultural, geographical and other changes that took place in Kuttanad in yesteryears for a better tomorrow.

The Centre is now functioning under the leadership of Smt. Bittu Ann Chacko (Department of Economics), Shri. Manoj Xavier (Department of Commerce) and Shri. Jaimin George (Department of Chemistry).  Last year, the Centre got an opportunity to associate with the Panel Discussion on “Ecological Conservation of Kuttanad through Scientific Methods” organised by the Community Resource Centre Kuttanad, MSSRF

The Centre is now working to conduct a primary survey of agrarian practices in the flood affected regions of Kuttanad. Since 2018, Kuttanad has been witnessing frequent floods with high devastation capability. Heavy rains and resultant floods are impacting livelihoods as well. In this context, our study is of immense importance.