Qualification: 
MSW
nisanthm@am.amrita.edu

Nisanth currently serves as Faculty Associate in the Department of Social Work. He is currently pursuing his Ph. D. in E-Governance and Rural Development under the direction  Dr. Prema Nedungadi & Dr. Georg Gutjahr, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham from 2017 onwards 

Teaching Expertise: Rural and Urban Community Development, Social Change and Development, Human Resource Management, Child Welfare, Social Welfare Administration, Social Case Work

Publications

Publication Type: Journal Article

Year of Publication Publication Type Title

2018

Journal Article

V. R. Rajeev, Nisanth M. Pillai, Radhakrishnan, A., and Rao R. Bhavani, “Evaluating Digital India through National Digital Literacy Mission in Kalliyur Panchayath”, International Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics, vol. 119, no. 15, pp. 1943-1954, 2018.[Abstract]


Digital India is an ambitious program of the Government of India with a vision to transform India in to a digitally empowered society. Digitalskill refers to somebody's ability to provide clear data through writing and alternativetypes of communication on numerous digital platforms Digitalskill showcases somebody'ssynchronic linguistics, computer, writing, and writing skills on platforms, such as, social media sites and blog-like sites, such as, Medium. Digital skillconjointly includes alternative devices, such as, smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop PCs. According to United Nations agency, "Governance refers to the exercise of political, economic and body authority within the management of a country's affairs, as well as citizens' articulation of their interests and exercise of their legal rights and obligations‘‘.The objective of study is to analyze whether NDLM course is beneficial to pass out students and to find out whether all Non-IT literates are digitally empowered from kalliyoor panchayath in Thiruvananthapuram district.

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2016

Journal Article

Nisanth M. Pillai, “Alcoholism among Youth:A Study from Gods own Country, Kerala”, International Journal of Humanities & Social Science Studies (IJHSSS) , vol. 3, no. 5, pp. 204-214, 2016.[Abstract]


Alcohol consumption is a major public health issue in the world. Understanding regional differences in its use will help in planning for better interventions. The growing numbers of social
problems among youth have become the major fear of the government agencies. Alcoholism among youth is one of the primary topics discussed when studying subject regarding social problems. Article 47 of the Directive Principles of State Policy described in The Indian Constitution says: "The state shall regard the raising of the level of nutrition and standard of living of its people as among its primary duties and in particular, the state shall endeavour to bring about prohibition of the use except for medicinal purposes of intoxicating drinks and of drugs which are injurious to health”. Alcohol consumption can have both health and social consequences for the drinker. The harmful use of alcohol can also result in harm to other individuals, such as family members, friends, co-workers and strangers. Moreover, the harmful use of alcohol results in a significant health, social and economic burden on society at large

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2016

Journal Article

Nisanth M. Pillai, “School dropout issues among children: A Study through Tribal Hamlets”, vol. 1, no. 6, pp. 135-143, 2016.

2015

Journal Article

Nisanth M. Pillai and Thomas, D., “A Case Study on Care Giving Among Mentally Disabled Persons in Institutionalized Settings”, International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR), vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 1436-1439, 2015.[Abstract]


Mentally retarded children are born to families in every strata of society, to the very poor and the very rich, the illiterate and the highly educated. Family members and care givers experience a wide range of powerful emotions in a response to a diagnosis of mental retardation, including denial, shock, anger, guilt, embarrassment, depression, withdrawal, ambivalence, disillusionment and fear. The influence of care givers among these people isimportant in day to day life, the personal and socio economic attitudes towards patients, and as discussed in this study. The study deals about the relationship between the care givers and the care recipient, the nature of the care recipient’s disability and the stage of the care giving process.

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2015

Journal Article

R. M. M. and Nisanth M. Pillai, “Urban Governance and Slum Issues in Kollam Corporation (Kerala State): A Case Study from an Indian state”, International Journal of Advanced Research , vol. 3, no. 5, pp. 801-811, 2015.[Abstract]


Developing countries like India presently suffer from the enormous growth of urbanization. The urbanized areas are usually associated with the issue of slum. Rapid rate of urbanization resulting from rural-urban migration is a major contributing factor to slum development in developing countries. Due to the unsustainable planning and management, immigrants tend to congregate and seek accommodation from less desirable areas of the city. This paper assesses the socio-economic and environmental characteristics of slums in selected suburbs in Kollam District, Kerala. The paper also assesses the environmental impacts of the approaches in dealing with slums. Slums are manifested by poor physical and environmental features such as poor housing conditions, poor road conditions and networks, poor drainage facilities, and environmental pollution.

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2014

Journal Article

Nisanth M. Pillai, Kurup, V. S. K., .E, G. M., and Ashraf, A., “The issue of absenteeism among the working community- a study in plantation sector”, International Journal of English Language, Literature and Humanities, vol. 2, no. 5, pp. 322-335, 2014.[Abstract]


In the production process Human Resources plays a vital role. This is because of its capacity to control and coordinate the other two resources namely material, money. The most important
unique feature of the man power is that it is the only live component. Hence the absence of work force makes a significant difference in the production process. Due to absenteeism, productivity may reduce and it may adversely affect the stability of the organization. The problem of absenteeism affects not only the industry but also the employees and their families. Here it
should be noted that in the developed countries Industrial absenteeism is not that severe problem mainly because of mechanization and automation but in the third world countries like India
Absenteeism is one of the serious issue, the main thing is that Indian plantation sector is mostly depend on man power. This study analyses the causes of absenteeism in the plantation sector in selected tea plantations in Kerala.

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2014

Journal Article

Nisanth M. Pillai, John, A., and Gopinath, A., “A Study on the Life style, Livelihood and Traditional Practices of Tribal Communities from a Tribal Dominated Village of Karnataka”, The International Journal Of Humanities & Social Studies, vol. 2, no. 10, pp. 230-235, 2014.

Publication Type: Conference Paper

Year of Publication Publication Type Title

2018

Conference Paper

Nisanth M. Pillai, Mohan, A., Gutjahr, G., and Prof. Prema Nedungadi, “Digital Literacy and Substance Abuse Awareness Using Tablets in Indigenous Settlements in Kerala”, in IEEE 18th International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT), 2018.[Abstract]


A problem that is prevalent among many of the tribal communities in Kerala is the addiction to alcohol, tobacco and drugs. Keeping youngsters from becoming addicted is a major part of the battle and is easier than trying to de-addict them later. We discuss an integrated program that trained 1000 indigenous, primarily adolescents and young adults, in digital literacy and health awareness using tablet technology in their native language. The tablet modules were designed for lowliterate learners. Technology enhanced health literacy, substance abuse and mental health modules were designed for youth and adolescents. A survey was administered to 98 students in four villages belonging to the Irula and Muthuvan communities to understand the prevalence of substance abuse and awareness about ill effects of the substance abuse after the training. Index Terms—substance abuse, health awareness, digital literacy, tablet learning, tribal communities.

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2017

Conference Paper

A. Mohan, Gutjahr, G., Nisanth M. Pillai, Erickson, L., Menon, R., and Prof. Prema Nedungadi, “Analysis of School Dropouts and Impact of Digital Literacy in Girls of the Muthuvan Tribes”, in 5th IEEE International Conference on MOOCs, Innovation and Technology in Education (MITE), 2017.[Abstract]


The Indian state of Kerala has a high literacy rate and human development index compared to other states in India. But this has not extended to the tribal population of the state. Female tribal populations are particularly disadvantaged for a variety of reasons including vulnerability to exploitation and abuse. This study investigates factors contributing to the high dropout rate and evaluates the success of a computer literacy intervention with tribal girls who had previously dropped out of the education system. A sample of 31 students in two centers was administered a survey to identify why the girls had dropped out of the school system. The analysis showed three clusters of learners. The students received computer literacy training after which they took an externally certified examination in basic Digital Literacy and computer concepts. Policy recommendations to decrease the dropout rate, ensure safety, and encourage further education for tribal girls are presented. More »»