Environmental Sciences and Sustainable Engineering Centre

The environmental sciences and sustainable engineering Centre (ESSENCE) at IIT Palakkad aims to provide an interdisciplinary platform to find ways to sustainably meet the needs of the present without compromising future generation’s ability to meet their own needs. We take inspiration from local community’s needs, sustainable development goals identified by the United Nations, and Paris Climate Agreement to focus our research efforts on ‘Enabling Responsible Development through Research in Environmental Science and Sustainable Engineering’. For more details...

Thrust Areas

  • Climate Action
  • Environmental and Human Health
  • Translating Research and Development into Policy
  • Resilient Societies


  • Deepak Jaiswal
  • Sunitha K Nair
  • Mintu Porel
  • Dinesh Jagadeesan
  • Divya PV
  • Praveena Gangadharan
  • Veena Venudharan
  • Athira P
  • Arun Rahul
  • M. Sabarimalai Manikandan
  • Sarmistha Singh
  • R Venkataraghavan (adjunct)

Resources Available

  • Air quality monitoring station
  • Smart agriculture field research site (in preparation)
  • High performance computing resources
  • Various other central research facilities at IIT Palakkad


ESSENCE currently offers Ph.D./M.S.(by Research) programs focusing on the above-mentioned thrust areas. Faculty members at ESSENCE are working on various aspects within the current thrust areas.


Research Scholars