Newman College is one among the 18 colleges in India selected for the prestigious STRIDE project. The project “An Institutional Research Scheme on the Sustainable Development Issues in the Western Ghats in Idukki, Kerala” addresses the study of sustainability issues of Western Ghats in Idukki region in the backdrop of Gadgil, Kasturirangan, and Oommen V. Oommen Committee reports. STRIDE Project of Newman aims at training young teachers, research scholars and students to find out solution to the policy of paralysis through application of the theory of Deliberative Democracy. The institutional research capacity building process is effected through the training of the personnel and the subsequent implementation of a locally sensitive and socially relevant project on sustainable development of ecologically sensitive regions of Idukki District of Kerala.
Mentoring and Monitoring Committee ( MMC )
We have three renowned scholars as the members of MMC to monitor the activities of the STRIDE Project.

1. Dr. G Gopakumar- ( Former Vice Chancellor ,Central University, Kerala (MMC Chairman)
2. Dr. Cyriac Thomas- (Former Vice Chancellor, MG University and CUSAT )
3. Prof. Biju Paul - (Professor , Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta)

Project Team at the Institutional Level
1. Dr. Jenni K . Alex, Project Coordinator
2. Dr. Krishnakumar M.V, Project Joint Coordinator
3. Xavier Kurian P, Project Joint Coordinator
4. Bany Joy , Project Joint Coordinator
5. Noble. C. Kurian , Project Joint Coordinator
6. Beena Deepthi Louis , Project Joint Coordinator

UG Research Fellows
The project was carried out by 100 selected students under the guidance of their mentoring faculty could percolate into a curricular project for their final year project .The project made the academic life of students exciting, dynamic and definitely facilitate their intellectual growth.
Department Number of students
English 21
Economics 25
Zoology 12
Botany 3
Chemistry 12
Physics 6
History 11
Malayalam 7
Commerce 3
Total 100

Scheme for Trans-disciplinary Research for India's Developing Economy (STRIDE) –Sponsored by UGC- MHRD
Project Title – An Institutional Research Scheme on the Sustainable Development Issues in the Western Ghats in Idukki, Kerala
Project period – 2020-2023
Project Amount Sanctioned -95Lakhs
Project Sanctioned Amount – 4,750,000
International seminars conducted -3
National seminars/ Conferences / Workshops organised – 11
Projects Completed- 21
Paper presentations by STRIDE Scholars - 100

UG STRIDE Scholar is presenting paper

STRIDE Scholars are presenting papers

Books Published under STRIDE Scheme Name of the Book Editor Publisher ISBN
1. Conservation, Development and Displacement Dr. Jenni  K Alex Scholars’ Press

( International)

2. Land Rights Conservation and People Dr. Jenni K. Alex and Xavier Kurian Notion Press


3. Man, Nature and Sustainability Krishnakumar M.V Scholars’ Press

( International)

4. Panchimaghattam- Jeevanam- Athi jeevanam Dr. C.Bincy C.J


Dr. Jenni K. Alex

Jeevan Books 978-93-92999-34-5















Articles Published by Faculty and Students

Articles published by Faculty – 21
Articles published by STRIDE Scholars – 76

Field Visits and Survey of STRIDE Scholars

STRIDE Scholars on Field visit at Marayoor

STRIDE Scholars on Field visit at Marayoor

Interaction with Tribal Leader at Maryoor Settlement

STRIDE Team At Thekkedy , Periyar Tiger Reserve

STRIDE Team at Vandiperiyar checking the feasibility of wind energy in Western Ghats

Interaction of STRIDE Scholars with Tribal People at Thekkady