Activities of KESNIK
1. Construction/Consultancy Services
A wide range of projects which are being implemented by Nirmithi is a proof of the increasing acceptance of CEEF technology which includes projects that span from tribal shelters to the Science Seminar Complexes, Temples, Churches, University buildings, Public Sector office structures etc.
In keeping with Nirmithi’s goal of shelter for all, Nirmithi offers consultancy services in the following thrust areas and undertakes total project management in:
1. Residential Houses for Low Income Group (LIG),Middle Income Group ( MIG),
High Income Group ( HIG).
2. Residential villas & Farm Houses
3. Universities and other Institutions
4. Seminar and Exhibition Complexes
5. Earthquake resistant houses & rehabilitation colonies
6. Housing Colonies
7. Mass Housing scheme for SC beneficiaries
8. Mass Housing project Under Swiss Development Project
9. Organizing Training for Artisans & Other Institutions
10. Production Centers of CEEF
11. Material Testing Laboratories
2. Housing Guidance Centre
The Technical Wing of KESNIK has a Housing Guidance Centre attached to every Regional Nirmithi Kendra which provides information on the cost effective and environment friendly (CEEF) construction options to the prospective house builder. All information regarding to construction of houses can be got from this Centre.
3. Regional Nirmithi Kendras
Kerala State Nirmithi Kendra has set up 14 Regional Kendras in almost all districts of Kerala. These Centres fulfil the construction demands of the respective regions besides providing services such as Production , Training, Sale of Building Materials at Subsidized rate to BPL beneficiaries and Building Material Testing for quality assurance . The Regional Kendras focus on stipendiary training of unemployed youth in Building Material Production, Masonry, Painting, Landscaping and Horticulture, Terracotta, Home Art, Carpentry etc.
4. Training Wing
To counter to the shortage of skilled manpower, Nirmithi regularly conducts training programmes for skill development for artisans giving special emphasis to unemployed youth. The Centre conducts large scale training programmes throughout the State creating a reliable cadre of work force besides generating employment opportunities to hundreds of unemployed youth. The Training Wing conducts training in masonry, carpentry, plumbing, electrification, horticulture, construction management, terracotta works of other innovative areas related to habitat development.
KESNIK had undertaken several training programmes in various trades of construction benefiting a huge number of beneficiaries through its 14 Kendras of KESNIK spread across the State.
By now KESNIK has under taken thousands of training programme in various construction fields and has generated a good number of trained workers. Yet we are short of adequate manpower in the construction field and our mission in creating a new cadre of skilled work force still continues…
KESNIK under takes free training program aimed at unemployed youth in masonry, building material production, carpentry, horticulture etc. The trainees are selected based on their aptitude. Applications are invited through advertisement in local media. In house training programmes are regularly conducted for skill up gradation of the staff of KESNIK.
We also extent our hand to technocrats of other departments like LSGD etc.. for spreading the message of CEEF construction practices on a regular basis so as to transfer the technicalities of traditional construction technology to the new generation
5. Material Testing Labs
Nirmithi has Material testing and quality control labs at Regional Centres which provides Building Material Testing services.
6. Production Centres
KESNIK has setup 9 CEEF Building Material Production units through out the length and breadth of Kerala at its Regional Centres in Vattiyoorcavu, Karode, Kalluvathukkal, Adoor, Muttom, Chettikulangara, Ernakulam, Palakad and Chitoor . The commonly produced CEEF products are Hollow Concrete Blocks, Solid Concrete Blocks , Pre-cast Door / Window frames, Stabilized Mud Blocks, Interlocking Mud Blocks, Rubble Filler Blocks, Flower pots, Ventilators, 6 “pipe holes, Fencing Post, Pit Cover, Ferro cement water tanks etc
7. KALAVARA-BUILDING MATERIAL FAIR PRICE SHOP
KESNIK has ten Kalavaras where cement and steel are being sold to BPL beneficiaries at a maximum cost reduction of 15 % less than the procurement rate. KESNIK Kalavaras are located at Vattiyoorcavu, Karode, Kalluvathukkal, Adoor, Pala, Muttom ,Ernakulam, Palakkad, Chitoor,& Kozhikode. There is sale of confiscated sand through Pala and Kozhikode Kalavaras. KESNIK will be setting up Kalavaras in all Districts of Kerala.
8. The Laurie Baker International School of Habitat Studies (LaBISHaS)
The Laurie Baker International School of Habitat Studies (LaBISHaS) is established by the Government of Kerala in KESNIK as an Academic initiative, under the Chairmanship of the Hon’ble Minister for Housing.
Late Padmasree Dr. Laurie Baker, the renowned Architect, has demonstrated Affordable Building Construction. He has enlightened us, his vision enshrined in indigenous construction techniques which goes in harmony with nature. His vision has fulfilled the dream of thousands of people from all walks of life.
The Government of Kerala (Ministry of Housing) has decided to spread the legacy of this visionary to the coming generation by establishing an Institute of International repute. Thus was established Laurie Baker International School of Habitat Studies (LaBISHaS) vide GO (Rt) No.46/2009/Hsg dtd 09.09.2009. to identify, develop and equip young talents capable of generating innovative ideas in the field of Habitat Technology and to adopt the successful ideas for the overall development in Habitat and to materialize solutions for Sustainable Habitat Technology.
The objective of the Institute include Research based academic courses, short term training programmes, Finishing Schools, exchange of Habitat culture and Post Graduate level courses in Habitat technology.