Workshop on Mental Health
A Workshop on Mental Health was held on 13 th July 2012 with prominent personalities like Hon’ble Justice Thottathil Radhakrishnan, Hon’ble Minister for Health Sri V.S.Sivakumar, Hon’ble Vice Chairman State Planning Board, Principal Secretary Health etc. Justice Thottathil Radhakrishnan, High Court of Kerala was the Chief Guest of the workshop. HODs of different systems of Medicine and other experts in the field from within and outside the State were also present in the Workshop. It was an attempt for revisiting the draft mental health policy and chalking out a comprehensive Mental Health Programme for the State. As an outcome of the workshop, the scheme comprehensive Mental Health Programme has been started. This programme envisages the functioning of Day Care Centres for cured mental patients. 23 such Day Care Centres have started functioning across Kerala.
Expert Committee on Education
The State Planning Board has constituted an Expert Committee on Education under the Chairmanship of Sri. N.R.MadhavMenonfor preparing a plan of action for the Education sector in corporatizing the estimated resource availability from Central as well as the State Governments after reviewing the 12th Plan of GoI and examining how the state plan programmes can be enhanced through to central plan resource and possible external funding. The committee met six times and had detailed deliberations on different aspects of the sector. The committee had submitted two reports which are published in our Website and in book form.
Expert Committee on Health
Expert Committee on Health was constituted under the Chairmanship of Dr.Mohandas, former Vice Chancellor of Kerala University of Health and allied Sciences with 8 members. Committee held a series of 5 meetings and deliberated on the challenges faced by the State’s Health System and the strategies to be adopted during the 12th plan. A report on the seven priority areas identified by the Committee was published and is available on the website.
National Workshop on Assisted living for Adults with Disabilities
As a state initiative programme, the Kerala State Planning Board organised a National Workshop on Assisted Living for adults with Disabilities on 21/06/2013 at Hotel Samudra, Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram. The major objectives of the workshop were to work out a model programme for the support and rehabilitation of adults with disabilities. Shri.K.M.Chandrasekhar, Hon’ble Vice Chairman, Kerala State Planning Board, Smt.PoonamNatarajan, Chairperson, National Trust, Ministry of Social Justice,Govt. Of India, Shri. G. Vijayaraghavan,Member, Kerala State Planning Board and 14 experts in the area of disability were attended the workshop. The workshop discussed 6 eminent models on assisted living for adults with disabilities. As a part of the workshop, the SPB has constituted an Expert Committee with Smt.PoonamNatarajan, as Chairperson. The report of the committee was given the Department of Social Justice, Kerala for preparing the pilot project for implementation.
Expert Committee on School Education
Kerala State Planning Board, in its 12th board meeting held on 14-05-2014 decided to constitutes an Expert Commmittee for studying the deterioration of the quality of school education in the State and make recommendations for improving the school education system.The Expert Committee constitutes under the chairmanship of Prof. P.O.J.Lebba with Prof. R.V.G.Menon, Thiruvanathapuram(Co-Chairman) and six experts as members of the committee. Report available in the website.