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Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Ernakulam Kerala is a University recognised by UGC.
Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) is situated in Ernakulam of Kerala state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Ernakulam Kerala is 0484-532800, 2577688, 2577595.

Contact Person(s) of the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Ernakulam Kerala is (are): University Engineer Dr VH Abdul Salam (in November 2003).

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Website of Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Ernakulam Kerala is www.cusat.ac.in, www.cusat.nic.in.

Vice Chancellor : Dr J Letha (appointed in Oct 2014)(first woman VC of university).


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Introduction

Cochin University of Science & Technology, also known as CUSAT, is an autonomous government university located in Cochin, Kerala. The university awards degrees at the undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral Level in several fields of engineering and allied subjects. CUSAT as an institution is poised to be upgraded to become Indian Institute of Engineering, Science and Technology, Kochi (IIEST Kochi) that would make it stand among the elite group of institutes of national importance.

THE UNIVERSITY OF COCHIN instituted the Department of Electronics in the year 1975. This is envisaged as a postgraduate Department with Master's degree and Ph.D. programmes in frontier fields of electronics. The Department was inaugurated by Prof. M. G. K. Menon in 1975.

Realising the growing needs of trained manpower in various fields of Electronics, the University decided to start teaching programmes in the Department, anticipating formal approval of the University Grants Commission, All India Council for Technical Education etc. in due course. Initially, an M.Tech. Course was started with student strength of 6. This course has a unique aspect in the sense that the students spend their last semester in industries and R&D organizations. Their project work during this period will be supervised by senior officers/scientists of these organisations as 'external guides'. The progress made by these students in all these years is very encouraging and the interaction between the organizations and the Department is quite active. Subsequently the student strength was raised to 15, including 3 sponsored candidates.

In 1983, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the University Grants Commission (UGC) extended financial support to the M.Tech. course. Special allocations of funds were granted for building, furniture, equipment, workshop, library, and other essential requirements. All students satisfying specific requirements including GATE score get Govt. of India's scholarship of Rs. 2500/- per month. In 1985, the student strength has been raised from 12 to 20 in the general category and 3 to 5 in the sponsored category. The doctoral programmes of the Department are mainly in the fields of Ocean Electronics, Microwave propagation and Antennas, Pattern recognition, Microprocessor applications, Signal processing Neural Networks etc. External agencies like the Department of Science and Technology (Govt. of India), Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Atomic Energy Commission, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the State Government are supporting this Department through various research projects and Research Fellowships. The Department of Electronics has well-equipped Microwave Electronics Research Laboratory (MERL), centre for Ocean Electronics (CENTOL), Electronics Instrumentation and Microprocessor Research Laboratories for carrying out research work at the M.Tech. and Ph.D. levels. An S-band Radar System, Microwave Anechoic Chamber, HP 8410B, 8510C Network Analysers, Automatic turn-tables, Sweep Oscillators, XY/t recorders, Logic Scopes, Microprocessor trainer kits, Mini and Microcomputers, Microprocessor Development systems, Alpha DEC Workstations, Spectrum analysers, Dynamic Signal Analyser, Short Range Sonar, Impedance Analyser, Signal Conditioners, Local Area Networks, Underwater Transducer Evaluation Facility etc. are some of the notable infrastructural facilities of the Department. Apart from this, four Centres for advanced research and training in areas like Electronic Instrumentation, Microprocessor Applications, Microwave and Ocean Electronics have been started, with the financial support from the Ministry of Human Resource Development (Govt. of India). From 1990, the Department offers a M.Sc. degree course in Electronics Science. This course is sponsored by UGC and Department of Electronics (Govt. of India).

In 1988, the University Grants Commission has sanctioned COSIST assistance of Rs.57.85 Lakhs to the Department for the development of postgraduate education and research in the areas of Microprocessor applications and Microwave antennas.

In 1994 the Department was selected by UGC under the Special Assistance Programme at the Departmental Research Support level in the thrust area of Ocean Electronics with a financial assistance of Rs. 70.75 lakhs for a period of 5 years.

The qualifications and expertise of the faculty members of the Department are apt for conducting research in the active areas of electronics such as:

Antennas

Neural Networks

Digital Signal Processing

Instrumentation

Liquid Crystal Displays

Microprocessors

Microwave Propagation

Radar Cross Section Studies

Sonar Systems

Underwater Acoustics/ Ocean Electronics.

Special Centres of Research and Training in the Department

With special assistance from the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India, four special Centres of Research and Training have been set up in the thrust areas of Technical Education.

Microwave Electronics Research Laboratory (MERL)
A well established research and training Laboratory in Microwave Electronics and Antennas has also been set up in the Department with the financial assistance from Ministry of Human Resource Development, University Grants Commission, Department of Science & Technology and Department of Electronics (Govt. of India). The Laboratory is having a Microwave Anechoic Chamber for simulating free space environment for antenna and RCS measurements. The chamber can be converted into a rectangular or tapered one as per the requirements. The chamber has instrumentation set-up attached to it with provision for fully automatic measurement based on HP 8510 B Network Analyser and Scientific Atlanta positioner and controller. This Laboratory in collaboration with Sophisticated Test and Instrumentation Centre (STIC) has indigenously developed a positioner and controller for automatic antenna and RCS studies. The Department has developed a user-friendly software for quick and precise antenna measurement and analysis. The major areas of research now being pursued are Microstrip Antennas and transmission lines, super conducting microwave transmission lines, integrated circuits and antennas, microwave horn antennas, reflector antennas, leaky wave antennas, dielectric resonator antennas, material characterisation at microwave region, microwave non-destructive testing etc.

Centre for Ocean Electronics (CENTOL)
A centre for Research and Training in Ocean Electronics (CENTOL) has been set up in the Department with the financial assistance from Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India. An amount of Rs. 32 lakhs was sanctioned by the Ministry in two instalments for the Centre. This Centre has a fully instrumented Underwater Transducer Evaluation Facility for conducting preliminary studies on the performance of Underwater Transducers. University Grants Commission had approved the establishment of the Centre during the VIII plan period with essential staff and infrastructure. Developments of innovative Transducers and Arrays for Underwater applications, Marine Data Logging Systems etc are the major activities of this Centre. UGC has also supported the activities of this centre under the DRS programme and extended a financial assistance of Rs. 70.75 lakhs

Centre for Research in Microprocessor Applications (CRMA)
This centre was set up with the aid from the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. A total grant of Rs. 45 lakhs has been sanctioned for setting up this Centre. The Centre is equipped with Microcomputer systems, a large number of microprocessor system support cards including Memory Cards, Dynamic Memories, Battery Back up Cards, A/D & D/A cards, Relay Cards, Opto Coupler cards, Peripheral controller cards etc., stand alone VDU's and three Microprocessor Development Systems: One is a 16-bit system from Hewlett Packard and the other two are from Intel Corporation-the 8 bit Personal Development system and the 16 bit stand alone development system. The Centre is equipped with multipurpose bus running throughout to accommodate most commonly used buses.

Research work undertaken in this Centre are in the areas of Multiprocessors, Protocols for Multiprocessors, Speech Processing, Pattern Recognition, etc.

Electronic Instrumentation Research Laboratory (EIRL)
The EIRL was set up in 1983 with the aid from the Ministry of Education & Culture, Government of India. A total grant of Rs. 50 lakhs has been sanctioned for setting up this laboratory. The Laboratory is equipped with Sensors and Transducers, Signal Conditioners, Measuring and Display units, Microprocessor system support cards for A/D & D/A conversion, Data Logging. Analog-Hybrid Computer, Process Control Trainer System, Logic Analysers, Scopes and General Purpose Measuring Instruments.

Research work is being carried out in the areas of Electronic Instrumentation and Microprocessor Based Measurement and Control Systems. The ElRL also proposes to set up a Standards Laboratory.

The Department conducts two biennial National Symposia in the areas of Antennas & Propagation and Ocean Electronics, effective from 1988.

The technical biasing of the University, spectacular growth of electronics industries in Kerala and the location of the University in the industrial belt of the state are all favourable aspects for hope of substantial development of this Department.

Profile of University

Cochin University of Science & Technology (CUSAT) is a government owned autonomous university in Kochi (Cochin), Kerala, India. Founded in 1971, the university consists of three campuses, two in Kochi and one in Kuttanad, Alappuzha, about 66 km inland. The university awards degrees in various fields of engineering and allied subjects at the undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral Level. Nearly 2,000 students engage yearly in various areas of undergraduate and postgraduate study in this university.

The institute is poised to become Indian Institute of Engineering, Science and Technology, Kochi (IIEST Kochi), which will bring CUSAT into an elite group of institutes of national importance.

Overview
Originally known as University of Cochin, the University came into being in 1971 through an Act of the Legislature of Government of Kerala that was the result of a concerted campaign for postgraduate education in the State of Kerala. Reorganization of the university into Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) in February 1986 saw the fulfillment of the aspirations of the pioneers who spearheaded the movement for establishment of a science & technology university in the state. The process of reorientation resulted in redefining the objectives as the promotion of undergraduate and postgraduate studies and advanced research in applied science, technology, industry, commerce, management and social sciences.

Admissions are based on an All India Entrance Examination known as Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by the University which includes different papers for admissions to various undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Various Departmental Admission Tests (DAT) are also conducted for some postgraduate Courses.

Mission

Mission
The mission of the university is to make distinctive and eloquent contributions to the cause of higher education in science and technology. CUSAT has pledged to strive to offer teaching of the highest quality and to engage in research and scholarship that will contribute to the advancement of knowledge.

The motto of the university is 'Tejasvinavadhithamastu', which conveys, 'May learning illumine us both, the teacher and the taught'.

Campuses
There are three separate campuses, two of them in Kochi and one at Pulinkunnu, Kuttanad, Alappuzha about 65 km south of Cochin in the state of Kerala.

History

CUSAT was established in 1971 to fulfill the commitment of the Government of Kerala towards the new scientific policy resolution. Formerly known as University of Cochin, it was reorganized as Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) in 1986. In the year 1996-97 CUSAT became international and started admitting foreign student and faculty exchanges. The University is still in the process of strengthening contacts and collaborative tie-ups with international universities and institutions.

Educational Streams

CUSAT lays emphasis on the development of higher education in the field of applied science, technology, industry and commerce, particularly in post-graduate studies and research. CUSAT has been selected as a centre for Excellence in the field of Lasers and Opto-electronic sciences by UGC. The University has established centers for Interdisciplinary Studies, Microprocessor Research, National Manpower Information, Rural Development & Appropriate Technology, Ocean Electronics Science in Society, Information Resource Management, Neuro Science, Creative Writing, Comparative Literature, Population Studies, Aquatic Animal Health, Monsoon Studies, Economic Policy and Analysis & Adult and Extension education. CUSAT has also established academic collaborations and exchange programmes with many notable institutions across the USA, Europe, Russia, Japan, France, Korea etc.

Facilities
Apart from other basic facilities, the University has provided hostel accommodation for Undergraduate/ Postgraduate / Research students. CUSAT has a well defined library and a digital library to its credit that acts as a central agency for meeting the information requirements of the department. The library has got a rich collection of the valuable books, doctoral, back volumes of periodicals, technical reports, conference, proceedings and patents.

Faculties/Departments

Faculties/Departments:
* Engineering
* Environmental Studies
* Humanities
* Law
* Marine Sciences
* Medical Sciences and Technology
* Science
* Social Sciences
* Technology

Faculties
CUSAT is academically structured into nine faculties: Science, Technology, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Humanities, Law, Marine Sciences, Medical Sciences and Technology, and Social Sciences.

Faculty of Science
Department of Applied Chemistry
The Department of Applied Chemistry was established in 1976 with the support of University Grants Commission to play an important role in the further development of the industrial belt in the Greater Cochin area by providing scientific support and trained personnel to the existing industries. The Department started an M.Sc programme in Applied chemistry in 1971. An M.Phil programme in chemistry was started in the year 1986. The Department has also served as a nucleus for starting the Department of Polymer Science and Rubber Technology and the Department of Biotechnology by initiating B.Tech and M.Sc courses in the respective areas.

Department of Physics
The department of Physics is one of the oldest Departments of the University, established in 1963. It was from this mother Department that specialized areas such as Electronics, Computer Science and Photonics later branched out to form independent Departments. The Department has maintained a creditable record of postgraduate teaching and research.

Department of Mathematics
The Department of Mathematics conducts Masters Degree programmes in Mathematics and Operations Research and Computer Applications along with M.Phil and Ph.D programmes. The research scholars in the Department are in receipt of fellowship from various Government of India funding agencies such as University Grants Commission, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, and the National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM). Current research activities of the Department are in the areas of Analysis, Algebra, Operator Theory, Functional Analysis, General topology, Fuzzy mathematics, Graph Theory, Combinations, Convexity Theory, Fluid Dynamics, Non-linear waves, Stability, Stochastic Processes in general and Random Graphs, Operations Research and History of Mathematics.

Department of Statistics
The Department of Statistics was formed by converting the Division of Statistics, a constituent of the now defunct School of Mathematical Sciences established in 1994. The Department offers M.Sc. and M.Phil. programme in Statistics and M.Tech in Engineering Statistics (Quality & Reliability Engineering) besides research programmes leading to the Ph.D.degree in the areas of Bayesian inference, Reliability, Modelling, Distribution Theory, Queueing models, Stochastic processes, Inference in time-series models and Demography. The Dept. of Statistics is affiliated to several foreign and Indian universities and have students working and doing research abroad as well as in pioneering institutions in India like IIT's.

Faculty of Technology
Department of Electronics
The department has well equipped Microwave Electronics instrumentation and Microprocessor Research laboratories for carrying out research and the doctoral programmes mainly in fields such as Underwater acoustics, Ocean electronics, Microwave propagation antennas, Microwave image processing, pattern recognition, microprocessor applications in signal processing and display devices. External agencies like the DST, ISRO, AICTE, DOE, DRDO, MOD and the state Government support this Department through various research projects and fellowships.

Department of Instrumentation
The department runs a B.Tech, programme in instrumentation which was started in 1996. This course covers almost all areas of modern instrumentation such as Analytical techniques, process control, PC and microprocessor based Instrumentation, instrumentation, Optoelectronics, Vacuum and Cryogenics, Robotics, etc. This department has taken up several consultancy work for industrial and R&D establishments.

Department of Polymer Science & Rubber Technology
The Department of Polymer Science and Rubber Technology was started in 1971 by introducing a 2 year Post B.Sc. B.Tech Programme in Polymer Science and Rubber Technology. This was reorganized into a 3 year programme to fall into the all India pattern, in 1977. This programme was later on revised into a four-year B.Tech course. The starting of an M.Tech.course in 1985 was a major milestone in the growth of the Department. Periodically the Department is organizing national seminars to bring polymer scientists, technologists and engineers for academic and research institutions and industrial organizations to a common platform and evaluate the status and nature of manpower training and research activities in the country.

Department of Ship Technology
This Department is one of the pioneers in the field of Naval Architecture education in India, established in 1974. A B.Tech programme in Naval Architecture and Ship Building was started in 1975. In technical collaboration with University of Rostock, Germany since 1978, it is producing a new and dynamic generation of Naval Architects to meet the requirements of shipbuilding industry, Ship Classification Societies, R&D organizations, the Indian Navy and other related organizations. This Department maintains active collaboration and interaction with IITs, Universities outside India, Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL), Vizag and various shipyards. These organizations extend their facilities and expertise to impart training to the B.Tech students.

The Ministry of Shipping, Govt. of India approved the B.Tech course for the M.O.T. Certificate Examination. The Indian Navy has recognized this department as a centre for the higher education of their officers. The Department has a highly qualified and dedicated faculty, an excellent library, computer centre, laboratories and workshops. The faculty have over 100 research publications to their credit. The course is also accredited by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), UK as satisfying the Engineering Council (UK) requirements for the registration at stage 1 of the Chartered Engineer section. An academic collaboration took birth with Chosun University, Republic of South Korea in 2003 whereby exchange of students and faculty members take place.

The quality of education imparted and the resulting professional competence of the graduates enabled the Department to achieve a unique record of over 100 percent job placement of its graduates in India and abroad. In the year 2007-08 the job placement of the 29th batch of Naval Architects was as high as 426% with salaries as high as 1.8 million INR per annum.[4].

International School of Photonics
Manpower development and establishment of research activities in photonics and related fields are the major objectives of ISP. A three semester M.Tech course in Optoelectronics and Laser Technology and an M.Phil course in Photonics are offered, with an objective to train teachers in the area of photonics. At present the school has collaborative research activities with various institutions in India and abroad, including the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. This joint programme is supported under the MHO assistance offered by the Dutch government to ISP.

Department of Computer Applications
The Department of Computer Applications offers Master's programme in Computer Applications and research programmes leading to Ph.D., sanctioned to the University jointly by U.G.C, and Dept. of Electronics, Govt, of India. Guest lectures, seminars by experts in in IT, workshops and symposia are regular features of the Department.
[edit] Department of Computer Science

The Department has excellent laboratory facilities with most modem computing environments, at present the lab has LANSs with windows NT and GNU/Linux servers with 25nodes silicon Graphics workstation,and oracle RDBMS SERVER WITH 15 CLIENTS. The Department has initiated and successfully completed several projects funded by agencies like UGC, AICTE, and DST The Department currently coordinates infrastructure oriented as well as research oriented projects. The Department has excellent library with around 3500 titles and handful of leading journals in several areas of computing.

Faculty of Engineering
* School of Engineering, Thrikkakara

The School of Engineering (SOE) at Thrikkakara offers Bachelor of Technology courses in the following engineering branches:

Civil Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Computer Science and Engineering
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Electronics and Communication Engineering
Information Technology
Mechanical Engineering
Safety and Fire Engineering

* CUCEK, Pulinkunnu

Faculty of Environmental Studies
* School of Environmental Studies

Faculty of Humanities
* Department of Culture and Heritage

Faculty of Law
School of Legal Studies
The School of Legal Studies is located on the campus of the Cochin University of Science and Technology. It is located about 15 kilometers north of Kochi city. The School was established in 1962 as the Department of Law of the Kerala University and subsequently merged with Cochin University in 1971.

Faculty of Marine Sciences
The faculty of marine sciences consists of the following
* School of Ocean Science and Technology
* School of Industrial Fisheries
* Department of Atmospheric Sciences
* Department of Chemical Oceanography
* Department of Marine Biology
* Microbiology and Biochemistry
* Department of Marine Geology and Geophysics
* Department of Physical Oceanography

Faculty of Medical Sciences and Technology
Department of Biotechnology
The Department of Biotechnology was established in 1991. The M.Sc. course in Biotechnology which was initially started in the Department of Applied chemistry was later transferred to this Department with an annual student intake of 10. It also offers a Ph.D.programme. The M.Sc. course is a professional one, designed to train students in frontier areas of biotechnology. The research activities of the Department are presently focused on areas such as Microbiology, Molecular Neurobiology and Cell Biology, Medical Biochemistry, Genetic Engineering and Plant Biotechnology.

Faculty of Social Sciences
Department of Applied Economics
The Department of Applied Economics is a research Department offering M.Phil and Ph.D.programmes. Situated in a Science and Technology academic environment, the Department's research mainly focuses on economics of the technology. Apart from Economics, two areas where the Department has attained considerable teaching capability are econometrics and operations research. The Cochin city has an important industrial belt around and a long coastal area suitable for fishing activities. Further, the industrial and fishing activities have contributed much to environmental pollution in the area. Therefore, the Department has devoted its research to the technology problems of industry and the fisheries sector and also the economics of environment. As in the large scale sector, small business economics and flexible specialization is another area of research in the Department.

School of Management Studies
The School of Management Studies (SMS)is one of the oldest academic units of the University. It actively pursues all the four areas of academic activity, viz., teaching, training, research and consultancy. It offers a 4-semester full-time and a 6-semester part-time M.B.A. programme in addition to a 4-semester full-time Masters' programme in International Business (M.I.B.). All these programmes provide considerable options to specialize in different functional areas. Currently the School offers specialization in the areas of Marketing, Finance, Systems and Operations and Human Resource Management. The School also offers Ph.D. Programmes. Talentime, a cultural and management fest conducted by SMS is one of the famous events of the state and is attended by various enthusiasts from all over India.

Departments
CUSAT has at present 29 Departments of study and research offering Graduate and Post Graduate programmes across a wide spectrum of disciplines in frontier areas of engineering, science, technology, humanities, law & management.

Information

Cochin University of Science & Technology (CUSAT) is a government owned autonomous university in Kochi (Cochin), Kerala, India. Founded in 1971, the university consists of three campuses, two in Kochi and one in Kuttanad, Alappuzha, about 66 km inland. Nearly 2,000 students engage yearly in various areas of undergraduate and postgraduate study. The university awards degrees in various fields of engineering and allied subjects at the undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral Level.

The institute is poised to become Indian Institute of Engineering, Science and Technology, Kochi (IIEST Kochi), which will bring CUSAT into an elite group of institutes of national importance.
Originally known as University of Cochin, the University came into being in 1971 through an Act of the Legislature of Government of Kerala that was the result of a concerted campaign for postgraduate education in the State of Kerala. Reorganization of the university into Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) in February 1986 saw the fulfillment of the aspirations of the pioneers who spearheaded the movement for establishment of a science & technology university in the state. The process of reorientation resulted in redefining the objectives as the promotion of undergraduate and postgraduate studies and advanced research in applied science, technology, industry, commerce, management and social sciences.
Admissions are based on an All India Entrance Examination known as Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by the University which includes different papers for admissions to various undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Various Departmental Admission Tests (DAT) are also conducted for some postgraduate Courses.

MISSION
The mission of the university is to make distinctive and eloquent contributions to the cause of higher education in science and technology. CUSAT has pledged to strive to offer teaching of the highest quality and to engage in research and scholarship that will contribute to the advancement of knowledge.

The motto of the university is 'Tejasvinavadhithamastu', which conveys, 'May learning illumine us both, the teacher and the taught'.

The art piece adorned the University lawns for 20 years

In another act of moral policing, a few unknown people destroyed a piece of art in the campus of Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Kerala. The art piece in question was an 18-foot mermaid carved in earth and covered with grass artistically pruned. It added to the beauty of the Universitys administrative office lawns and was a centre of attraction to the art lovers for 20 years that it was there. Then it dawned on some people, including a highly placed University official, that the grass structure went against the campus ethics. And hence the artistically pruned bust of the mermaid was chopped off brutally.

It is said that this act was done as per the instructions of CUSAT Registrar N. Chandramohanakumar. The Registrar had been receiving complaints from some women organisations and individuals about the grass mermaid stating that it was obscene and should be removed. However, Chandramohankumar said that he was against mutilating the artefact. As an administrator, he was supposed to consider the complaints from Womens Welfare Association of the CUSAT and a few other employees objecting on the nudity of the mermaid. He also referred to a Supreme Court order discouraging educational institutions exhibiting such kinds of nude artworks.

There was hue and cry from many quarters against the mischief. Art lovers, students, teachers and even states ministers criticised the action. Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan said, The obscenity is not in the art but in the minds of the viewers. There are so many such murals and sculptures in various temples of the country but no one sees immorality and obscenity in those artistic expressions. There were protest marches. Many people felt the action was derogatory to the establishment. The artwork in grass was the brainchild of Varghese, a former CUSAT employee. Education Minister M.A. Baby, too, condemned the incident and ordered a probe into it.

Earlier, when a huge nude Yakshi was sculpted in Malampuzha Gardens in Palakkad district, there were protests from orthodox groups. On hearing about the vandalism at the University campus, Kanai Kunhiraman, the renowned sculptor of Yakshi was furious. There are still some people like the ones who tried to beat me up in 1969 when I sculpted Yakshi. Education on a campus that does not inculcate appreciation of art would be purposeless, he said.

V. Santhakumar, Associate Professor, Centre for Development Studies said the CUSAT incident showed a trend of re-moralisation in the state. Nevertheless, better sense prevailed and the University Senate held an emergency meeting and decided to take action against the vandals. It was also decided to reconstruct the mermaid. The role of the Registrar will also be probed. Proper action will be taken against all the people behind this incident, CUSAT Vice-Chancellor Ramachandran Thekkedath said.

Balancing sports and academics with ease

When returning to his busy academic schedule in Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) on Sunday, badminton player Midhilesh Sunder V. was proud of captaining the Kozhikode team and winning the senior inter-district title to Kozhikode after a 17-year-long gap.

What makes him proud is not the victory. For much of the last two years, badminton in Kozhikode was left out in dark due to lack of a training centre. The indoor stadium had been closed for renovation and the players had to depend on the single-court private clubs for training. However, the hard work has paid back and now, Kozhikode team is the reigning champions in the seniors category.

Beating Ernakulam was difficult. We won the championship for 3-2. We were trailing 2-1 and last two games decided the title, says a jubilant Midhilesh Sunder.

Ask him what has contributed the most towards winning and he replies, During Onam vacation, we used to train everyday for three sessions. Before starting the training, we had this conviction to get the teams title. The high levels of team spirit and the hard work paid back.

The last two matches — one singles and doubles, in the title match were the most important as we were trailing by one point. Allaying any apprehensions, in both the matches, we won the title, he says.

Now pursuing a management course at CUSAT, Midhilesh started his badminton career 12 years ago. His dad, the veteran badminton player S. Venugopal has been his inspiration behind taking up badminton seriously.

From childhood, my father supported me a lot. He used to take to me to watch his play and I was attracted by his game, he says. He was the junior State singles champion in 2006 and the Calicut University individual champion in 2007.

Under his captaincy, the Calicut University team won a number of tiltes such as All India Inter-university Badminton Championship in 2009 and South Zone inters University Championship in 2010. He has also been the senior district champion for the past five years.

Midhilesh, who is also a rank holder in BBA in Calicut University, is trying to balance sports and academics. Though my current course eats up a lot of time, I have never missed a single training session. However, the considerable increase in the number of tournaments I participate is not giving me adequate time to study, he says.

The 22-year-old who is preparing for the nationals to be held in November is concerned about his exams, which would also be held in the same month, expressing his worries.

SCERT books discount maths fears

Maths is still a scary subject for most students of CBSE and ICSE schools, and improper teaching methods and wrong curriculum are the villains, say experts.

According to them, the maths textbooks prepared by the State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) for Kerala state syllabus schools are better than CBSE and ICSE ones and could allay the fear of students.

The SCERT completed the textbook revision for high school classes by releasing the new textbooks for Class X this year.

While speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Dr A. Vijayakumar of department of mathematics, Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), lauded the State Council for Educational Research and Training s attempt to bring in fresh air by linking mathematics curriculum to everyday situations and social environment.

The main reasons for students ending up with poor marks in the subject are wrong teaching methods and lack of motivation. I have seen even engineering students wondering why should they care to study areas in maths which are not directly connected to their subject, Dr Vijayakumar, who is also the regional co-ordinator of Indian National Mathematical Olympiad, said.

Maths teacher and columnist S. Muraleedharan told DC that though the Union government had launched the Comprehensive and Continuous Evaluation (CCE) system for CBSE and ICSE schools in October 2009, it was yet to be backed up with a revision of textbooks.

Though the intention is good, the effort remains half-hearted, he noted. Compared to this, the SCERT had gone ahead with the revision of textbooks in right earnest. Gracy George, mathematics teacher with Bethlehem Girls High School, Njaralloor, here, said the new maths textbooks for state syllabus schools were a welcome change.

The textbooks of State Council for Educational Research and Training are more student-oriented and related to situations around them. Instead of instilling them with formulas and theorems, the students are asked to formulate their own problems. This has enlivened the classes, she said.

Row between municipality and CUSAT: Cops blame varsity

Police is upset at having been made to look the villain in the row between the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) and the city municipality over right of way for the people through its campus.

Slapped with a contempt of court notice by the High Court on Thursday for failing to provide CUSAT staff protection, while they closed unauthorised entry points on the campus, the police claims it has been doing its job as ordered to by the court.

We deployed 23 police officers including one circle inspector and two sub-inspectors on the CUSAT campus on the orders of the court. But, the university stopped work when the municipality
officials protested, said city police commissioner M.R. Ajith Kumar.

He elaborated, We were always ready to give police protection. But how can we provide it if they are not seeking it?

Municipality sources said it saw no reason to blame the police, and accused CUSAT instead, of doing illegal construction on campus to block the various entries to it.

CUSAT has to be blamed in all this, as it has repeatedly violated construction norms on its campus, said Jamal Manakkadan, Kalamassery municipal chairman.

CUSAT, however, said that all contentious issues with the municipality would be sorted out soon and the construction work on its campus would resume next week.

It also played down the contempt of court order against the police commissioner.

I know about this but we had nothing to do with it. We have sent letters again to the collector and the police seeking their assistance. We will also contact the municipality and settle all issues with them, said CUSAT registrar, A.Ramachandran.

Photocopied questions stun NET candidates

The candidates of the UGC-NET examination for library science held at Vidyadhiraja School in Aluva on Saturday were shocked after photocopies of the question booklet were distributed to them instead of original booklets.

One candidate informed Deccan Chronicle of the incident and complained that some foul play had occurred.

Dr B. Pradeep of the physics department of the Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat), who was the centre in-charge for the exam, admitted that the incident occurred.

Dr Pradeep, however, said that they resorted to taking photocopies because of the shortage of the booklets.

This happened because instead of library science question booklet, the labour welfare booklets arrived, he said.

We took photocopies of the library science booklet that was given to us for use in emergency situations and distributed the copies to the candidates. Its well within the law and we did it after informing the Cusat vice-chancellor also.

He added that the UGC had devised this mechanism for the smooth conduct of the NET exam across the country, in the event of shortage of question booklets.

However, students said that they would fax complaints to the UGC chairman.

Such practices, which compromise on the security and integrity of the exam, cannot be accepted, said a student.

Meanwhile, there are reports that a similar incident occurred at a centre in Thiruvananthapuram too.
There were altogether 16 centres in Kochi alone. UGC-NET-JRF has only Kochi, Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram as city centres in the State.

Cochin varsity a laggard on computerisation

Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), the only tech varsity in the state, is lagging on computerisation.

Calicut University launched its e-governance system on January 7 using internal and government resources and Keltron support.

The controversy surrounding the Rs 2-crore computerisation project is evolving along the lines of Kochi Metro row where open tender was considered for bringing in private players.

The CUSAT controller of examinations, Dr Philip Kurien has said that the varsity will go for two bid system for computerization of the examination wing.

He said that the Syndicate had taken a decision in this regard and the works will be awarded after an open tender in the near future.

He said that the two bid system involves a financial bid and a technical bid. Those who meet the technical specifications will only be considered for the financial bid, he said.

The computerization of Cusats examination wing had landed in a controversy in November last with the IT expert in the last Syndicate Mr Anwar Sadath writing a letter to the vice-chancellor pointing out that varsity examination matters are quite sensitive and should not be given to private players.

He had suggested deployment of a software with the varsity as one party and Keltron as the other for the computerisation. However the varsity authorities are hell bent on proceeding with the open tender.

CUSAT security staff agree to alter uniform after cop plaint

After resisting for a while, a section of the security staff of Cochin University of Science and Technology has changed the uniform, following complaints from the local police that it resembled that of the law and order enforcing agency.

However, they are yet to officially inform the Kalamassery police who lodged complaints regarding this.

According to sources, the security officers first complained to CUSAT higher-ups regarding this but ultimately relented and changed the uniform of three sergeants which they said resembled police uniform.

The belt, cap and shoe of the sergeants looked like that of the sub-inspectors and ranks above. We have now changed it.

The belt, the stripe on the cap and the shoe which were red have now been changed to black, said the CUSAT cheif secutiry officer, Mr T.B. Suresh Babu, adding that this was done on the basis of an administrative order.

The Kalamassery sub-Inspector, Mr V Gopakumar, said that according to the Kerala Police Act 2011, no person other than a police officer discharging official duty shall wear any police uniform or any dress which is likely to have a feeling that it is a police uniform, if observed from a distance.

The same rule is applicable to vehicles also; they should not be painted in such a way by the public that they resemble that of the police, he said.

Cusat seeks postings by PSC

The Syndicate of the Cochin University of Science and Technology on Monday recommended to the government to amend the Act of the university to facilitate appointment by the Kerala Public Service Commission to the posts of non-teaching staff at the university.

The Syndicate also recommended to the government to amend the varsity Act to facilitate appointment by the university to the teaching posts at the varsity as per the regulation of the University Grants Commission.

The Syndicate also constituted a committee to study and report back on the issue of allowing Dr Madhusoodana Kurup to leave Cusat and join the newly formed fisheries varsity as its Vice-Chancellor.

The State governments finance inspection wing had come out with an adverse report against Kurup in his discharge of duties at Cusat.

The Syndicate also set up three sub-committees to study the financial status of the varsity and suggest ways to improve it.

One committee comprising MLAs K.K. Jayachandran and Saju Paul, Registrar, standing committee conveners and finance officer has been constituted to meet the ministers to secure grant to help the university come out of the financial difficulty.

Another sub-committee consisting of Syndicate members Dr M. Bhasi, Dr Zacharia, Dr A. Mujeeb and Dr I.K. Jayadev has been formed to explore the possibilities of starting new courses including evening programmes and part-time courses using existing work force, which will help generate additional income.

A third committee led by Mr Lopez Mathew and comprising Mr Nedumudy Harikumar, Mr K.R. Muraleedharan Nair and Mr Sunny P. Jose will look into cost cutting possibilities.

CUSAT-CAT date extended

The Cochin University of Science and Technology has extended the last date for registration for CAT 2012 to February 29.

The decision was taken considering the difficulties faced by the students in applying. The time fixed is 11 pm.

registrations for under-graduate and post-graduate admission tests and all departmental admission tests will be available up to this date.

Banks will accept application fee till February 29. The filled-up offline applications should reach the university latest by March 7.

The offline registration for UG courses is available at http:-- iraaa.cusat.ac.in-reg.php. After registering at this site, the candidate will be provided with a registration number.

They should also download chalan and application form. After paying the application fee at the bank, the payment details are to be entered in the downloaded application form.

Photo and signature are to be affixed. The form and chalan copy should be sent to the university before the deadline.

For PG offline registration, students are advised to visit http:--iraaa.cusat.ac.in-pg. Those who have applied online and paid application fee and are unable to input journal number online may download PDF application form from http:-- iraaa.cusat.ac.in-pg-pgapplicationform.pdf, fill in the details and send it to the university. They need not go for offline registration and affixing photo.

The online registration number obtained can be used. Those who are yet to take final print out from online registration may do so during March 1 to 31.

CUSAT hostels shut the door on students

KOCHI: Preparing for semester exams this year is going to be tough for the students at Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) as the university hostel s maintenance work is underway during the exam season.

While, the hostels are closed due to the ongoing vacations, the semester exams including that for Master of Computer Science and Master of Business Administration are scheduled for this month.

According to the members of one of the students unions in the university, the officials concerned had issued a notice to the students for vacating their hostel rooms before the end of April owing to the maintenance work.This includes the girls and boys hostels Aishwarya, Anaswara, Ananya, Anagha, Sarovar, Sanathana and Syberia. Most of the students are outstation students and are dependent on the hostels for the stay, they said.

Actually, students should be provided with extra facilities at the hostels during the exam season. On the contrary, students are struggling to get a alternative place to stay because there are hardly any rent-a-room services in this area, said another students union member.

He also added that the management has granted special permission to those who have obtained a no objection certificate from the heads of the department concerned. Though the university management has given permission to some students to stay back in the hostel during their study leave, they have to do so at their own risk. There will not be a warden to ensure the security of the students. Also, there are guarantee for the availability of food and water. Moreover, even the maintenance workers can be a threat to the girls security, he added.

However, the university officials denied any such inconvenience to students. According to our academic calendar, April 30 to June 30 is the vacation time.So, this is the apt time to conduct maintenance work on the hostels. Students had been alerted about the maintenance work six months ago, so that they could arrange some alternate accommodation, said A Ramachandran, Registrar, Cusat.

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