The Cochin University Library was established in 1977 as a central agency for meeting the information requirements of the academic community of the University and for collection, organization and dissemination of information. The University Library is fully automated and is one of the best scientific and technical libraries in the country. Being the information centre of the
only Science &Technology University in the state, the library has built up a balanced and rich collection on all branches of science and technology. At the same time books of general interest in various subject fields are not neglected either.
CUSAT library has restructured its services to face the threats and boons that result from the rapid proliferation of electronic information resources. Library LAN has been a part of Campus Wide Network, which has made it possible for the academic community of 30 departments to access information from their location itself. As a part of the free/open source software movement in CUSAT, the University Library
has migrated from ADLIB library software into KOHA open source integrated library system. The bibliographic records of books, journals and theses in the Library can now be accessed globally through WebOPAC (http://opac.cusat.ac.in) and Union Catalogue of all libraries in CUSAT.
The Library offers Loan service, Inter-Library Loan, Literature Search, Reference Search, Compilation of Bibliographies, Reprographic Service, Reprint Service, Conference Alert Service, New Addition Alert Service, Patent Information and Consultancy Service. CUSAT Library has campus wide IP enabled access to online journals under the UGC-INFONET DIGITAL Library Consortia and INDEST Consortia. The UGC initiated UGC-INFONET project provides access to electronic journals and database over the internet executed by INFLIBNET. Under this project electronic full text access is provided to scholarly literature of all major areas of learning like Science Direct, ACS, IOP, Taylor & Francis, RSC, Wiley publications, Nature, Project Muse, Project Euclid, Web of Science...etc. Members can avail the service of UGC-INFONET, JCCC portal (an e-journals gateway to Indian Universities & Colleges) which also provides ILL between various Universities in India. Under the INDEST consortia setup by the MHRD, online access is available to IEEE Digital library which provides full-text access to IEEE publications published since 1988. In addition to this, CUSAT Library is also subscribed
to online databases like ACM, Crisil, SciFinder, Manupatra, Emerald extra (Management & Library Science), Proquest databases, Proquest Dissertations and Theses database, CMIE Prowess-database, JSTORE, ASCE journals etc. The services and facilities provided by the library are published in the library website http://library.cusat.ac.in/. The links to the online journals and databases subscribed are provided in the library e-journals portal.
University Library is a member of DELNET (Developing Library Network) providing access to DELNET databases of books, periodicals, theses etc. available among the various member libraries. Members can avail inter-library
loan service and document delivery service from DELNET for books and
journal articles not available in the University Library. The library
also houses an Institutional Repository “Dyuthi”, supported by the
Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, where the research
publications and Ph.D theses of the University are available online to the public. It also provides open access to institutional research output by self-archiving it.
Center for Science in Society(CSiS)
The Centre for Science in Society was established in 1991 under the UGC VIII plan Development Assistance with partial financial assistance from
Kochi Refineries Limited. It is instituted as endowment (BPCL Chair/Professor) in the University. The Centre conducts various programmes about science with the view to popularize Science and Technology among children. Government of Kerala has approved C-SiS as a Training Centre for High School science teachers under the prestigious “Sastraposhini” Programme. In 2013-14, Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE), Govt. of Kerala has sanctioned a project entitled “Enlightening of scientific spirit and awareness among school students and Teachers through a ‘Two-in-One’ project for the benefit of school children and their Teachers to develop scientific awareness and passion for knowledge through various learning processes using innovative science gadgets and books”. This project is ongoing.
Facilities available in C-SiS
- Science Park- The outdoor facility where the children can play and learn many scienctific principles, using play models.
- Science Pavilions (Physics & Biology), Exhibition halls-Here the participants can interact with various gadgets and models arranged in laboratory. The working principles will be explained to them. In the
Biology section, a number of specimens are exhibited.
- “See & Believe” Labs- Laboratory experiment sessions ; (Physics ,Chemistry and Biology) in which children themselves
can do basic experiments in science and experience the thrill of science.
- Maths Lab-Models & Gadgets to learn Mathematics through simple methods.
- Computer lab –with modern facilities like e-mail, internet and multimedia.
- Children’s Science library –A rare collection of about 10500 popular science books and science journals, 250 CDs , Scientific American’s Amateur Scientist Projects of the last 78 years, National Geographic Magazine, Rare Books like Hortus Malabaricus , Lakhupanineeyam, Ganithayukthibasha ,etc.
- Hall of Scientists (Statues)-Statues of famous scientists with brief description of their contributions and achievements are exhibited to excite children with the growth of Science.
- Work experience lab.
- Satellite Centre with uplink and downlink facilities.
- The Herbal Park & Butterfly garden –A Herbal Park where medicinal plants are exhibited with labels.
- A Butterfly garden where special plants attracting butterflies are grown. A good number of beautiful butterflies may be seen on normal bright days.
- A Rain Water harvesting unit and a biogas plant which are fully operational are also set up in the Science Park.
- The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is putting up a ‘Space Pavilion’ in the Science and Technology Park of C-SiS. Models of their space rockets, Chandrayaan and video shows of rocket launching from Sriharikotta will be shown to the visitors. The U.S based IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) has come forward to establish an ‘E –Scientia’ (Electronics Scientific Exhibit) in the Science and Technology Park of CSiS. The Unique facility will help the Science and Engineering students to experience the thrill of a Satellite Launching Mission’. There will be
the exciting experience of trajectory monitoring and error correction in the process of Satellite Launching. Negotiations are progressing. C-SiS will have a spacious building to house its various laboratories and other facilities. The Construction of the U.G..C sponsored building for C-SiS by CPWD
has been completed.
Ongoing Programmes for Children in C-SiS.
One Day Attachment Programme (ODAP):
This is a programme which aims at acquainting children with various
scientific principles and experimental set up, through interactive study materials. A well planned programme for batches of students from one or two schools which reserve the facilities of C-SiS for a day. Details are as follows:-
1. M1-ODAP 9.00 - 3.00
2. M2-ODAP 10.30 - 4.30
The children will have the opportunity to participate in most of the following programmes on the day:-
See & Believe-Laboratory
The Children’s Science Library
The Multimedia Computer facility for learning
Science Talent Development Programme (STDP): (Mid-summer Programme)
This is a programme which aims at acquainting
children with various scientific principles and experimental set up, through interactive study materials. A well planned programme for batches of students from one or two schools which reserve the facilities of C-SiS for a day. Details are as follows:-
1. M1-ODAP 9.00 - 3.00
2. M2-ODAP 10.30 - 4.30
The children will have opportunity to participate in most of the following programmes on the day:-
See & Believe-Laboratory
Children’s Science Library
Multimedia Computer facility for learning.
Science Talent Development Programme is an intensive programme meant for children with special aptitude for science. This is an intensive programme meant for children studying in 4th to 10th Standards (in 2013-14), with special attitude for science.
The Mid-Summer Programme (STDP- M1) starts in first week of April and will continue till the end of the Month. A Mid Summer Programme (STDP-M2) suitable for Schools with vacation in May / June starts in 1st week of May and ends in the last weeks of the month.
The Mid-Summer Programme, (M-STDP) will start from the first week of April and will continue till the end of May in two monthly modules.
SOPHISTICATED TEST AND INSTRUMENTATION CENTRE
STIC is a joint venture of the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) and Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT). This institution has been established with the following objectives.
- Provide advanced instrument facilities for analysis, testing, measurement and calibration to users from industries, academic institutions and R&D establishments.
- Undertake research and development in the field of instrumentation and related areas relevant to industries in the State.
- Undertake training and services for personnel from industries, R&D establishments and academic institutions.
STIC has established highly sophisticated test, measurement, calibration, analysis and research laboratories in the areas of instrumentation, quality evaluation / calibration, chemical analysis and testing. A good number of industries, academic institutions and research establishments make use of the services of STIC. In addition to regular calibration, testing and analysis activities, the scientific personnel in STIC are involved in research and development in instrumentation and allied areas.
STIC has set up the following facilities to carry out its activities.
- Calibration laboratories (Electro-Technical, Thermal, Mechanical - all with NABL accreditation)
- Testing laboratories (Electrical, Plastics, Mechanical)
- Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facility (SAIF), supported by DST housing About 15 analytical instruments
- Instrumentation R & D Laboratory.
More details are available at www.sticindia.com
NATIONAL CENTRE FOR AQUATIC ANIMAL HEALTH
National Centre for Aquatic Animal Health (NCAAH) has been in active Research and Extension in Aquatic Animal Health and Marine Biotechnology since its inception in 2000. The Centre perpetuates its vision on holistic development and application of viable technologies for the management of aquatic animal health especially the species cultured, besides endeavouring on marine biotechnology to bring forth industrial development in India. In support of this vision it offers an M.Tech. Programme in Marine Biotechnology sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India to generate manpower as Scientists, Technocrats and Entrepreneurs. As a matter of policy the Centre collaborates with sister organizations to achieve its short and long term objectives in such a way that the problems related to aquatic animal health are sorted out and solved at National level.
A unique feature of the Centre is its in–house production facility for ‘Aquaculture Medicine’ in order to meet the needs of the aquaculture industry. The Centre has state-of-the-art facilities for research and development in Marine Biotechnology, Bacteriology, Virology, Immunodiagnostics, Molecular diagnostics, Animal Tissue Culture, Aquatic Animal Health Assessment, Aquaculture Medicine Production, Bioassay System and Environmental Chemical Analysis. The identified thrust areas are Fish and Shellfish Health Management, Aquatic Animal Cell Culture, Aquaculture Bioremediation, Marine Genomics and Proteomics, Bio-security and High Health Brood Stock Development, Bio-prospecting, Aquaculture Medicine and Nano–Biotechnology.
The research programmes are supported by the National funding agencies besides the International agencies such as International Foundation for Science, Sweden and Welcome Trust,
U.K. The Centre maintains strong links with several National Research
Institutes and Universities by way of collaborative research programmes. The unique feature of the research programmes undertaken here is the close liaison being maintained with the Industry and the people around in the sense that all research programmes identified have emerged from the real life problems brought to the attention of the Centre by the people. The
active research wing at the NCAAH has attained its prime position among the
institutions at National level through publications in peer reviewed research Journals, commercialized technologies such as Nitrifying Bioreactor and aquatic animal health management products (DETRODIGEST, ENTEROTROPHOTIC and PS-1 to mention a few)
In 2008 the Centre launched an M. Tech. programme in Marine Biotechnology, the only one of its kind in India, sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India under the
Network Programme in Human Resource Development in Biotechnology in the country. The quality of research undertaken and the extension and services offered to the aquaculture industry in Aquatic Animal Health enabled this centre to be recognized by Network in Aquaculture Centres in Asia – Pacific (NACA) as its Regional Recourse Centre in Aquatic Animal Health. NCAAH’s unique Aquaculture Extension Cell (AEC) bridges the farmer-technology gap and provides a platform for interaction between
farmers, scientists and industry and promotes novel technologies in aquaculture. The pursuit of knowledge and improved technologies offered by the Centre in the last one decade paved the way for sustainable aquaculture in the country. As its motto testifies, the Centre has taken up its activities as ‘Relentless efforts for the protection of health of aquatic animals and their environment’; the mission which made NCAAH India’s leading knowledge hub in Aquatic Animal Health. The Central laboratory is situated in the Lakeside Campus of CUSAT with four regional aqua-clinics.
DEPARTMENT OF YOUTH WELFARE
Department of Youth Welfare is a formal platform in the University to design and implement Youth Policy which includes the issues related to motivation, participation, promotion and socio-economic and cultural settings within which young people grow up. The Department will act as a driving force for the student and youth community to epitomize their academic excellence through doing and learning.
Creativity, Competence, Confidence and Compassion
- To create sense of values and social life among students of the University
- To inculcate positive thinking for physical and mental health
- To provide encouraging atmosphere to strengthen teaching-learning process, student-teacher relationship, peer group relationship, etc.
- To coordinate cultural programmes, youth activities and other programmes in the campus and recognized institutes.
- To help authorities in framing policies and procedures relating to the students.
- To take measures to promote welfare activities in the campus.
- To conduct research in youth related issues.
- Organizing training /orientation programmes/motivation sessions/camps
- Conducting bridge and remedial courses
- Conducting academic and applied research with relation to young people.
- Conducting extension/outreach services
- Provide advocacy services for students
- Coordinate students activities
- Facilitate both tangible and intangible welfare programmes and procedures
DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION
The Department of Physical Education, Cochin University of Science and Technology is promoting physical education and sports
at par with regular academics. The University has well recognized the value of sports and physical activities as a means of developing personality promoting social harmony and discipline. The department provides ample opportunity to the students to utilize their leisure time with physical activities to reduce their stress and inculcate a life time physical activity behavior in their day to day education system. Physical fitness is not only the most important key to a healthy body but also the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual abilities.
Hence mass participation in physical activities which enhance overall cognitive abilities of the students
is encouraged. The Department of Physical Education closely monitors
the sports activities in the University and prepares the students
suitably to ensure their participation in All India and South Zone Inter University Tournaments.
Aims and Objectives
The aim of Department of Physical Education, Cochin University of Science and Technology is to promote activities in the field of sports and games
by providing systematic and scientific training for the students clubbed with excellent infrastructure facilities. More than 3000 students get competitive experience from the Inter
Collegiate level sports and games competitions organized by CUSAT every year.
All the recognized colleges take part in the Inter Collegiate sports and games competitions in 16 disciplines organized by the Department of Physical Education, Cochin University of Science and Technology.
Nature of Programme
- Total Number of games and sports activities conducted for CUSAT Inter Collegiate Games : 16
- Nearly 2500 students get competitive experience every year.
- CUSAT-Vodafone Ever-rolling Inter- Collegiate Meet is conducted every year in the month of January.
- Selection and preparation of CUSAT University Teams, (Eleven Disciplines) to participate in the Inter University Competition organized by Association of Indian Universities every year.
- Organize Adventure Sports camps.
- Conducting coaching camps for various teams.
- Organizing various championships with the joint venture between University and other associations.
Play field Facilities
- Multipurpose track and field (out door), Foot Ball, Cricket, Volleyball, Basketball…
- Multipurpose Indoor Stadium for Badminton and Table tennis.
- CUSAT ARENA (Multipurpose sports courts - Lawn Tennis , Volleyball , Basket Ball within a wire-mesh
enclosed area having flood light facility ).
- Ladies' Health club.
- Yoga, meditation and self-defense training programmes for women students
- Development of Health Club Facilities for boys.
- Individualized health related physical fitness assessment and remedial programmes
- Development of indoor facilities and swimming pool
Conducted four Adventure Sports Camps for boys and girls separately at National Adventure Academy, Munnar under Kerala State Youth Welfare Board. Activities include River Crossing, 100 mts height rock climbing, trekking etc.
CUSAT Shuttle Badminton Team attained 1st position in the South Zone and All India Inter University Badminton Championships during the year 2012-13.
CENTRE FOR INFORMATION RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
The Center for Information Resource Management (CIRM) was
initiated in 1998 with the help of the MHO-INFOCUS project of the Netherlands Government. In 2006, CIRM
became an Independent Centre with full fledged Office and laboratory. The main objective of CIRM is to act as the nodal centre for all the information technology resources of the University. It involves design, installation and maintenance of the IT infrastructure including the network, software resources and IT enabled services and facilities. CIRM also provides the staff training, user support and consulting services to user departments and external clients on demand.
CUSAT is one of the few institutions of higher learning
in India that possesses a state of the art, reliable and scaleable campus wide network which supports the information needs of the user community. All the departments in the main campus are interlinked with a fiber optic backbone. Also the Lakeside Campus 15 Km away and the
Pulincunnu campus 70 km away from the main campus are connected to the main network using 10 Mbps leased line. The campus network is seamlessly integrated to the internet through broad band connectivity available to the user community on 24x7 basis. The internet connectivity in the Main Campus has been upgraded to 50 Mbps during the year 2012-13. With this new connectivity the users in the
Main campus and lLkeside campus can experience much higher band width. Apart from this the campus is connected to the National Knowledge Network (NKN) using one Gbps backbone connecting major institutions in India.
The domain name cusat.ac.in is registered with the National Centre for Software Technology (NCST) India. The portal www.cusat.ac.in serves as the single window access point to all the information resources and IT enabled services of CUSAT which is managed by CIRM.
EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE BUREAU
The University Employment Information & Guidance Bureau attached with Cochin University of Science and Technology came into existence on 10.01.1973
as a joint venture of the University with the National Employment Service Department. The Chief of the Bureau is nominated by the Vice Chancellor of the University and the Deputy Chief of the Bureau is an Employment Officer of the Department of National Employment Service.
The objective of the Bureau is to provide career guidance (both
individual & in groups) and to disseminate occupational and vocational information to the student community so as to enable them to qualify/seek the jobs
they aspire. Conduct of coaching classes for various competitive examinations like UGC-CSIR JRF/NET, LDC, Bank P O, Junior Telecom Officers, etc is another important activity of the Bureau
as well as Personality Development Courses and career talks for schools and colleges
on a regular basis. The Career Seminars on career opportunities at different levels
are in great demand. All services offered by the Bureau except coaching
classes are absolutely free of cost.
Bureau's coaching classes for UGC-CSIR JRF/NET, Bank Probationary Officer /Management Trainee /Clerical Examination are
immensely popular. The Bureau conducts seminars without charging any fee in various schools and colleges in and around Ernakulam District. Eminent faculties handle the sessions
which are highly appreciated. The Bureau also brings out Vocational Guidance Information Bulletin regularly.
The Bureau plans to conduct coaching classes for Civil Services Examinations.
It also plans to arrange coaching classes for SC/ST and Minority students with the aid of UGC.
CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF SOCIAL EXCLUSION AND INCLUSIVE POLICY
The UGC centre has, since the starting of its formal work in February 2009, engaged in building the required intellectual infrastructure for furthering research in the broad agenda of social exclusion. Following the general approach to social exclusion research, the Center examines social exclusion as both ‘a Process and a Status’. Developing on this scheme of examining social exclusion, the Center advocates in its research for inclusive policy the ‘Process-Status-Process’ approach i.e. identify and examine the process that led to social exclusion, evaluate the present status/magnitude of social exclusion and chart out processes to achieve the desired level of social inclusion. The center has identified as its core research themes a) Digital Exclusion b) Housing and Basic Amenities Exclusion c) Socio-cultural and Structural Determinants of Exclusion d) Spatial Exclusion and e) Demographic dimensions of exclusion. The primary ‘contexts’ of the Center’s research are a) Tribal Communities in Kerala b) Resource Based Industries in Kerala c) Rural population in Kerala d) Workers in unorganised sectors in Kerala.
The Centre has also undertaken research projects on behalf of various government agencies and NGOs to develop inclusive development strategies for the marginalized communities. The Centre has produced several outputs in the form of reports, projects, working papers and research articles in refereed national and international journals.
Research output of the Centre
- 18 Research Projects
- 4 Books
- 10 Working Papers
- More than 30 Articles in National /International Journals
- 3 Seminars /Conferences /Workshops
- 12 Papers presentations
CENTRE FOR NEUROSCIENCE, DEPARTMENT OF BIO TECHNOLOGY
The Centre for Neuroscience after establishment
has conducted several National Symposia, International Conferences
and workshops in in Neuroscience, Biotechnology and Neuroscience, Advances in Neuroscience and Neuroscience Updates,
as well as numerous World Brain Awareness programmes in Neurobiology. Dr. C. S. Paulose
(late) as the Hon. Director of the Centre had received Sir Shriram Memorial Oration award by National Academy of Medical Sciences, 2007-2008 and Kamala B.K Anand Oration Award by All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, 2009, for his outstanding contributions in neuroscience.
Around forty students completed their Ph.D. and a total value of 5.06 crores worth sponsored projects by DBT, DST, ICMR, Government of India and KSCSTE, Government of Kerala has been awarded to the Centre for Neuroscience. Also, the Centre has to its credit 154 publications in Neuroscience area.
DIRECTORATE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS
The activities of the Directorate of Public Relations and Publications take on a wide perspective while catering to the interest of a large audience in connection with the area of higher education in the state, especially in Science and Technology. The Directorate has been successful in maintaining and enhancing a spotless image for the University as a public organization committed to the cause of higher learning before the internal as well as external public including the media. The efficient and effective use of PR tools like publicity, advertising ,media relations and special events such as special convocation has paved the way to sustaining a healthy relationship with the public. With keen PR acumen, the Directorate organizes functions regularly to facilitate the percolation of knowledge accrued through research in the various University Departments to the masses. This objective also drives the Directorate to publish “Science Communicator” the Interdisciplinary Journal with ISSN and RNI registration and other publications to popularize science among the society. The conduct of national workshops and popular science orations, especially in the local language is of immense benefit to science communicators and journalists.
The Directorate issues around 1000 press releases per annum in both English and Malayalam. Another innovation by the Directorate is the PR alerts to media through SMS that keeps the media persons up-to date on University affairs. Such timely and effective briefing of the media by the Directorate of Public Relations provides a sustainable source of authentic information for all who are in pursuit of excellence in learning.
Around 130 scientific books have been published with ISBN numbers till date. The joint publication of Science and Technology books in Malayalam by the Directorate in collaboration with the Sahithya Pravarthaka Co-operative Society (SPCS), Kottayam is considered a milestone in which the University published 6 popular Science Books. The Directorate spares no effort to
distribute the University Diary in time with up to date information besides the collection, compilation and publication of Annual Report of the University. The University newsletter “Tejus”
is unique by nature, and a matter of pride for the Directorate as well as the University fraternity. The Directorate takes all efforts to provide up-to-date information to other academic institutions, research scholars, students and to the general public regarding education and related opportunities. It also assists various departments in organizing seminars, workshops and symposia by ensuring an excellent media coverage. As part of its PR activities the Directorate takes all efforts in clearing the doubts of the general public regarding various academic programmes of CUSAT directly or over phone. Many of the dignitaries from India and abroad, who visit the University are extended a warm welcome by the Directorate of Public Relations and Publications.
CENTRE FOR SCIENCE COMMUNICATION
Cochin University of Science and Technology launched the Centre for Science Communication in early 2007 with the specific aim of popularizing Science and Technology among the masses of the country. Its fundamental task is to create scientific temper and the spirit of inquiry and reform among the fellow citizens, as encoded in the Constitution of India, under “Fundamental duties”. The Centre for Science Communication is a unique academic entity of Cochin
University with an interdisciplinary framework. Its main focus is on the acquisition and propagation of scientific and technological research output and to translate the same to the layman’s level with a view to making use of it for the overall development of the society. Special attention is being given to the development of Science Communication in the regional languages especially in Malayalam. Providing an academic framework to the
areas of Science Communication and Science Journalism is another area of interest.
The Centre regularly conducts Science Orations and National Science Day programme, besides round-table conference and competitions
aimed at popularization of science among students, media persons
as well as the general pubic. It also publishes popular science books and is actively engaged in empowering science writers /journalists through various National Workshops/programmes in association with reputed Government agencies like Vigyan Prasar, Govt of India , IGCAR and Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE).
INTER UNIVERSITY CENTRE FOR IPR STUDIES
Inter University Centre for IPR Studies (IUCIPRS) is an autonomous institution established by the Government of Kerala in Cochin University of Science and Technology. This is one of the Inter University Centres conceived and implemented by the Department of Higher Education, Government of Kerala. The Centre for IPR Studies established in the School of Legal Studies of the Cochin University of Science & Technology in 2003
was converted into IUCIPRS to encourage multidisciplinary teaching and research in the area of intellectual property rights. From its very inception till date, the Centre has secured a prominent place among the national and international IP fraternity.
The main objective of IUCIPRS is to evolve into a research hub and resource centre of international repute to act as a think tank in the area of IPR and related subjects. It also intends to facilitate interaction between researchers from different universities and research institutions in India and abroad.
IUCIPRS is governed by a Governing Council consisting of twelve distinguished members with the Hon'ble Minister for Education and Culture, Government of Kerala as Chairman and Vice-Chancellor of CUSAT as Vice-Chairman.
The centre offers Integrated Dual Degree programme in MIP, Ph.D and
LLM (IPR), Ph.D, P.G. Diploma in Intellectual Property Laws, Visiting Fellowship
and Short Term Fellowship for M.Phil/Ph.D scholars