Welcome to FERAL

About Us

FERAL is a non-profit trust formed in 1997 and we are a team working on various aspects of applied research on ecological and environmental issues. Our key areas of work include wildlife conservation, ecological restoration, natural resource management and capacity building in these areas.

Our mandate or mission is:  to provide a base and support for young researchers to follow their research interests and priorities. To impart training in ecological research, field survey techniques and tools. To apply ecological research to solve issues in natural resource management, conservation and advocacy.

Our objectives are:

  1. To provide resources and information technology to NGOs, Environmental Groups, Development Agencies and Government organisations on request.
  2. To monitor development activities in coastal regions and other fragile ecosystems with the intent of identifying ill advised development projects and advancing those which enhance bio-diversity and lead to sustainable development.
  3. To train students from India and abroad in field methods important in bio diversity monitoring and sustainable development.
  4. To provide education to students by conducting courses on the fundamentals of ecology and ecological diversity, in computer methods in tracking bio-diversity including GIS methods and field courses in sustainable development with local applications.
  5. To secure the effective use of the legal process by providing training, resources and personnel to advocacy efforts related to conserving or enhancing bio diversity.
  6. To create and mobilise public opinion.
  7. To mobilise and receive funds to carry out any or all of the above said objectives.
  8. To establish and develop and institution/s to help in realising the above mentioned objectives.

Organization

FERAL is a non-profit trust registered at Pondicherry on the 22nd of July 1997 (No.1327/97). We were certified as a Scientifc and Industrial Research Organisation (SIRO) by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Minstry of Science and Technology, New Delhi. The certificate (No.11/493/08-TU-V) is valid until 31/03/2014.

Our organisational structure consists of a board of trustees, advisors and a management board and is aimed at facilitating independent research while ensuring a high degree of academic quality and accountability.

 

Joining and Volunteering

Researchers
We encourage researchers who require institutional support for conducting research that falls within our overall mandate to formally apply to us. The institutional support we provide will include development of research proposal, grant raising, running the project, analysis and dissemination of results.
Students
Students interested in taking up projects for their Master’s dissertations either on campus or at one of our field sites are welcome. We also have a small students fund to support such short term research. Our current focus is the southern Western Ghats with interest on butterflies, birds, amphibians and freshwater fish.
Post-graduate students and researchers interested in 3-6 months internships to work on existing datasets, which will require, basic to advance analytical skills and the ability to learn new analytical techniques, can contact us for more details .
Volunteers
Opportunities to participate in the work we do are available from time to time. All our projects are primarily field oriented and provide the space for learning new techniques and getting a taste of field and community related initiatives. If interested do email us a few lines about yourself, what you are interested in and why you would like to be involved.

PLEASE SEND APPLICATIONS TO CONCERNED PIs AS PER ANNOUNCEMENTS ON THE FRONT PAGE.

DO NOT USE THE CONTACT PAGE FOR APPLICATIONS.

NOTE THAT FERAL IS NOT A FUNDING AGENCY AND ALL FINANCIAL SUPPORT IS LINKED TO ONGOING PROJECTS AS INTERNSHIPS OR FELLOWSHIPS.

Funding Partners and Projects

List of Supporting Partners and Projects

Collaborating Institutions

Institutional Partners

Banking Information

Bank and Transwire Code Information for Local Funds (INR)
Bank Name: State Bank of India, Siruthozhil Branch
Account Holder's Name:
Foundation for Ecological Research Advocacy & Learning
Bank Account Number: 10159320276
Currency: INR (Indian Rupee)
Account Type: Current Account
Branch Code: 7314
SWIFT Code: SBININBB228
RTGS Number & IFS Code: SBIN0007314
Micr Code: 605002003
Bank Address:
State Bank of India, Siruthozhil Branch
P.B.No.: 105
No.27, Kamaraj Salai, Pondicherry - 605 011
India
Phone: (+91 413) 2227821, 2336496

Bank and Transwire Code Information for Foreign Funds (FCRA)
FCRA Registration number:
285130074
Nature: Educational Social
Bank Name: State Bank of India, Main Branch
Account Holder's Name:
Foundation for Ecological Research Advocacy & Learning
Bank Account Number: 10831168238
Currency: Foreign
Account Type: Current Account
Branch Code: 900
SWIFT Code: SBININBB228
RTGS Number & IFS Code: SBIN0000900
Micr Code: 605002002
Bank Address:
State Bank of India, Main Branch
PB No.101,
5 Rue Suffren, Pondicherry - 605 001, India
Phone: (+91 413) 2336151, 2336208

Other Organisational Details
Registration Number: 1327
Registration Date: 22nd July 1997
80 G Exemption: 01/04/2001 onwards
DSIR Certification: Upto 31/03/2014
PA Number: AAATF0264H
TA Number: CHEF03299C

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