The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) bestowed its 1990 literacy award on the KSSP.
The KSSP aided efforts to install high-efficiency stoves throughout India.
KSSP engineers have developed a stove - the Parishat 21 - with two main burners and one auxiliary burner with 25 percent combined burning efficiency.
KSSP activists use these seminars to generate enthusiasm for the chulahs while scientists hear user complaints that lead to design improvements.
Using its repertoire of jathas, artistic performances, lectures and respect for consumers, KSSP and IRTC have accounted for more than half of the 200,000 new stoves installed in Kerala since the early 1980s.
KSSP activists see the project as a logical extension of the total literacy campaign: the People's Resource Mapping Program is an attempt to create land literacy.
In a pilot mapping project, professional scientists working in conjunction with the KSSP selected 25 villages across Kerala.