KIRTADS is the acronym for the Kerala Institute for Research, Training and Development Studies of Scheduled Castes and Tribes. It is a government organization established in 1972 at Kozhikode. The main objective of KIRTADS is to conduct research and help promote the development of the scheduled communities in Kerala. The museum here displays a big collection of artifacts, devices and tools that have been used by the ancient tribal communities of Kerala. It also houses a good library including books on subjects ranging from anthropology to sociology.