“Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask your father, and he will show you; your elders, and they will tell you.” This proverb explains aptly the wisdom of the elderly; the experiences learnt and taught.

To tap this rich resource, the Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) is forming a Senior Citizen’s Action Forum, which will give the elderly in Kochi the opportunity to help in research; a platform where they can use their knowledge and expertise for the city’s development.

The forum will be inaugurated by Deputy Mayor Bhadra Satheesh on November 18, 2010, at CPPR’s Elamkulam office at 4 pm. The function will be presided over by Professor M K Sanu (social and literary critic and orator), P C Cyriac (retired IAS officer) and MLA Dominic Presentation. An interactive session with these eminent personalities is also organised for the occasion.

CPPR, a youth-run organisation, is committed to research and project preparation on development policies and government programmes. It conducts projects and prepares reports for various governmental departments and agencies. CPPR is currently focussing on development projects in Kochi, one of which is the Vytilla Mobility Hub. Although the organisation’s ventures in education, governance, alternative dispute resolution and urban reforms are spread across the country, the development of Kerala (in particular Kochi) is its main focus.

CPPR solicits the valuable services of senior citizens, who have retired from civil service, teaching or legal professions to work as liaison officers with the government, semi-government departments and other public institutions. The individuals should be experts in their domains, with knowledge of current developments, and a thorough understanding of the economic, social and political scenario.