Teaching Departments

TEACHING DEPARTMENTS

1.         COCHIN UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING KUTTANAD (CUCEK)
Cochin University College of Engineering Kuttanad was established in 1999 and owned by Cochin University of Science and Technology.  It is situated in a serene and beautiful 42 acre campus in Pulincunnoo, Kuttanad,  the rice bowl of Kerala in Alappuzha district, which is about 65 Km away from the main campus at Thrikkakara.  It is the only campus of CUSAT functioning outside Ernakulam District.   It offers B.Tech programmes in Computer Science, Electrical & Electronics, Electronics and Communication, Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engg. and M.C.A.  Many of the faculty members have refined and sharpened their knowledge through rigorous research activities and published their findings in various national and international science and technical journals. 

2.         SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING, THRIKKAKARA (SOE)

 School of Engineering was established in 1979 for offering part-time M.Tech. Programmes in the major disciplines of engineering viz.  Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Chemical Engineering for practicing Engineers in and around Cochin.   The School introduced B.Tech. Programmes in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering and Information Technology in 1995, which turned out to be a milestone in the growth of the School.  B.Tech. in Safety and Fire Engineering was added in 1996 and Electrical & Electronics Engineering in 2003.

The School offers  M.Tech. Full-time Programmes in Civil, Electronics, Information Technology and Mechanical Engineering, Electronics & Communication Engineering with specialization in Wireless Technology and Information Technology with specialization in Software Systems.  It also offers M.Tech programme (part time) in Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and Chemical Engineering in every alternate years.

Research activities were introduced in School of Engineering in 1981 with Ph.D. Programmes. The School has already produced 49 Ph.D s and more than 200 candidates have registered as research students at present.

School of Engineering is one of the 19 institutions in the State of Kerala selected for funding under Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP –II).
   
School of Engineering has been well accepted as a research centre.  A number of research projects have been sanctioned to the School by agencies like DST, Central Water Commission, ISRO, AICTE, Coir Board, Kerala State Coir Corporation, etc.  These have helped to establish fully equipped laboratories and promote research activities.  The research community of the School has published papers in international/national level journals.
3.         KUNJALI MARAKKAR SCHOOL OF MARINE ENGINEERING (KMSME)

The School offers the prestigious B.Tech. programme in Marine Engineering since 2003.  The programme is designed as per the norms prescribed by the Directorate General of Shipping, Government of India and is approved by the AICTE.  The course curriculum is in conformity with international standards laid down by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a special agency of United Nations Organization.  The School is assessed and certified by the quality management standards, ISO 9001-2008 and also rated as “Outstanding” by the statutory grading agency, CARE.  The Ship-in-Campus established in the School complex is the state of the art facility catering hands-on-job experience for the Marine Engineering students for running and maintenance of a ship’s machinery.  Students are further getting trained in Full Mission Engine Room Simulator Lab. which is also installed in the School.  School Library is stocked with over 6000 books of original publication in all the subjects relevant for Marine Engineering studies.

B.Tech. Marine Engineering course is a full time compulsory residential programme.  Therefore, the students’ hostel is located within the campus in a most hygienic and student friendly atmosphere.  Food is provided to the students through the mess run by the School, having most modern kitchen.  The school and hostel facilities are under continuous surveillance and periodic inspection by Directorate General of Shipping, Government of India.  Students are provided with Merchant Navy Cadets’ Uniform for attending classes and boiler suits, safety shoes and helmet for workshop use.  Physical training is compulsory for the cadets and which is given by the trained personnel. Uniforms for PT are also provided to the students.

The present annual intake in B.Tech. Marine Engineering is 80, through Common Admission Test conducted by the University on All India basis.  The School also provides short term pre-requisite statutory courses in Engine Room Simulator for the students appearing for Competency examination in Class IV and Class II conducted by the Directorate General of Shipping. M Tech programme in Marine Engineering is scheduled to start during the Academic Year 2014 – 2015 onwards with an annual intake of maximum 18 students. The fee structure will be same as other self financing M Tech Programmes of the University.

4.         SCHOOL OF ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

The School of Environmental Studies, a Centre for higher learning dedicated to environmental protection and sustainable development conceptualized in 1980 was established in 1983 to serve the cause of well-being of the society by emanating knowledge and by providing trained manpower and appropriate environmental technology.  To achieve these objectives, the School offers M.Sc. in a carefully designed curriculum and reaches out to the community with socially relevant extension programmes.  The School is DST-FIST sponsored and UGC-SAP assisted.  The School has achieved a grant of Rs.75 lakhs under the FIST programme and Rs.37 lakhs under UGC-SAP programme.  The School conducted a study on Urban Governance Service for Climate resilience Strategies: Assessment of Cochin, India sponsored by Rockefeller Foundation and the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, U.K.

The National Centre for Aquatic Animal Health (NCAAH), attached to the School of Environmental Studies conducts a two year M.Tech. programme sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India under its network programme in human resource development in biotechnology.

The M.Sc. Environmental Technology is offered with specialization in two disciplines:
Stream I:  Environmental Engineering and
Stream 2: Environmental Biotechnology.

Candidates with Chemistry/Engineering background are admitted to the Engineering Stream and candidates with Life Science background are admitted to the Biotechnology stream.  In addition to giving a holistic picture of the environment and its processes, the programme imparts training in branches like Environmental Engineering, Environmental Management, Environmental Monitoring, Waste Management and Environmental Modeling.

During the first two semesters, students of both streams take the same core programmes.  In the third semester, they segregate to their respective disciplines and take advanced training.   The fourth semester is allotted for a full time project work, at the end of which the candidate has to submit a dissertation.  The students are encouraged to do project work in institutes of higher learning or industrial research laboratories.  This will give them the much-needed exposure to the work-culture and state-of-the-art facilities available at such centres. Doctoral programme is offered in the areas of: Environmental Biology, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Photocatalysis & Sono Photocatalysis, Environmental Microbiology, Environmental Management, Environmental Toxicology, Environmental Biotechnology, Environmental Engineering and Remote Sensing. The School is equipped with major equipments such as Gas Chromatograph, Total Organic Carbon (TOC) Analyzer, Spectrophotometers, Pulse Field Gel Electrophoresis, Inverted Microscope, CO2 Incubator, Electrophoretic Systems, Plant growth chamber, Lumino-meter and GIS Work station and other minor equipments like Air Sampler, BOD Incubator, COD digester etc., required for Environmental Chemical analysis.

The School has produced several Ph.Ds.  The School periodically conducts UGC sponsored Refresher Courses for University and College Teachers. It has also successfully completed externally funded research projects from agencies such as the UNESCO, IFS Sweden, OPCW The Netherlands, DST Govt. of India, DBT, UGC, ICAR, Coir Board, STED Kerala, etc., while some are still ongoing. With its expertise and infrastructure, the School extends consultancy services in Pollution Monitoring, Water Quality Management, Water Treatment, Disease Diagnosis and Management of Aquaculture Systems, Environmental Impact Assessment etc. The School has participated in the EIA of Metro Rail Project of Kochi city. The School carries out environmental surveys for local authorities and government agencies on baseline status and waste management practices.

5.         DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH AND FOREIGN LANGUAGES

The Department of English and Foreign Languages was initially established as the Department of Foreign Languages in 1976.  This Department is mainly involved in the teaching of English and Foreign languages like French, German, Italian, Japanese and Russian. However, in order to give supreme importance to English Language teaching and the cultural backdrop that encompasses each foreign language, the Department was rechristened as the Department of English and Foreign Languages in 2012.  All the courses in the foreign languages are at present restricted to Certificate and Diploma levels.  A few years back in order to meet the contemporary needs M.A. Course in German and Russian Translation were also introduced.  The Department also conducts short-term and need-based courses in the above foreign languages if there are aspirants.  The Department undertakes translation and consultation work connected with the above foreign languages.  Around 10 years back short-term course in Communicative English and 1 year Post Graduate Diploma Course in Communicative English were introduced.  The short-term course in Communicative English is enjoying a high demand and this course is repeated every three months with an in-take of 25 students. 

6.         DEPARTMENT OF HINDI

The Department of Hindi, established in 1963, is one of the oldest departments of the University.  It was a part of the Kerala University and joined the folds of University of Cochin when it was established in the year 1971.  From the period of inception it has blossomed into one of the prestigious institutions among Indian University Departments engaged in teaching and research of Hindi Language and Literature.

The Department is actively engaged in research in different areas like Ancient and Modern Poetry, Fiction, Drama and Theatre studies, Criticism, Grammar, Linguistics, Comparative Studies of Languages and Literature, Folk Literature, Translation, Computer Aided Language Teaching etc.

The Department is one of the leading centers of research in Hindi and the faculties have guided about 180 Ph.Ds.  The creative capabilities of four of the teaching faculty received the recognition through the award of Fellowships/Prizes.  About Sixty Seven research papers, Twenty Six books and learned articles have been published by the faculty during the past four years. The Department has completed four research projects including one on CALT - Computer Aided Language Teaching. The DRS Phase I, II & III have been completed by the Department and the UGC has sanctioned next stage of SAP programme ie., DSA for a period of five years.  The Department of Hindi is the only Department in South India which got DRS and DSA programmes in Hindi.

The Department Library has about 40576/- books and is currently subscribing 42 journals.  The PG students and Research Scholars from various parts of Kerala use the Library as a reference centre.  It has been assessed as one of the best libraries in the country.  The Department has a well-equipped computer lab and conducts short term Computer Courses. The Department organizes national seminars every year and also conducts UGC sponsored programmes. 

Programmes of Study/Research in the Department

  • M.A. Hindi Language and Literature
  • M.Phil
  • P.G. Diploma in Translational and Functional Hindi
  • Ph.D

7.         SCHOOL OF LEGAL STUDIES

Established as the P.G. Department of Law of the Kerala University in 1962 under the leadership of the late Prof. (Dr.) A.T. Markose, an internationally reputed jurist who was the founder Director of the Indian Law Institute, New Delhi and Deputy Judge of International Administrative Tribunal, the School of Legal Studies is a prestigious institution of the University.

The pioneering effort of the School in encouraging P.G. studies and research in the vital field of administrative law earned its name and fame. Its commitment to social development has made it to develop teaching and research in socially relevant and nationally important emerging areas of law, such as constitutional Law, Labour Law, Maritime Law, Corporate Governance and Securities Law and Intellectual Property Law. Its consistent dedication to social change has attracted the attention of UGC and Government of India and its programmes on Human Rights, Corporate Governance and Securities Law and Intellectual Property Rights Law are now substantially supported by these agencies.

Apart from pedagogic and lecture methods of teaching the School adopts new methods of discussion, seminars and tutorials which facilitate dissemination of advances in legal knowledge. Clinical legal training provides opportunities for extension activities and community reach out. The Library of the School has an excellent collection of precious periodicals and books. This priced holding and exceptional services have helped it to be recognized as a Nodal Centre for IPR studies. The Government of Kerala in recognition of the significant contributions made in the area of IPR has established an Inter University Centre on IPR studies in 2010.  The School has established an IPR Depository consisting of rare books and journals with the aid of MHRD, Government of India. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a body of United Nations has donated its major publications to this Depository. The MHRD has sanctioned a Chair for IPR studies.

The School has been fortunate to attract scholars having experience and education from different parts of the world to be in its vibrant teaching faculty. The faculty of the School has earned repute in their respective areas of scholarship and is consulted by various agencies including the Government of India on Law Reforms. In 2011, the UGC has provided funds under its Special Assistant Programme to start courses in Corporate Governance and Securities Law.  The Public Law Lecture Series established by the School has already produced commendable works in law and has received tremendous appreciation and applause.  The LL.B. (3 year) programme started in 1994 as an evening programme is now a semesterised, full-time programme. In 2006, 5 year LL.B (Hons.) has been introduced.  From 2009 onwards as directed by the Bar Council of India, the course has been remodeled and a B.B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) programme is offered. From 2013 B.Com LL.B(Hons.) course also has been  introduced. A Human Rights chair in the name of Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer has been established in the School. It enables interdisciplinary research and extension work in Human Rights values.

8.         SCHOOL OF INDUSTRIAL FISHERIES

The Department of Industrial Fisheries was established in 1976 with the prime objective of training students to meet the growing demand for qualified personnel in the fisheries sector.  It offers expertise in various branches of fisheries science like Fishery Biology, Capture Fisheries, Aquaculture, Fishing Technology, Fish Processing Technology, Fisheries Economics and Fisheries Management.  The Department was upgraded as a school in 1995 in due recognition of various academic and scientific achievements.  Five divisions such as (1) Aquaculture and Capture fisheries (2) Fishing Technology (3) Fish Processing Technology (4) Fisheries Economics (5) Fisheries Management were constituted for future expansion. 

Since its inception, the School has been actively involved in crafting students to take up managerial challenges of fisheries in India and overseas.  The Alumni are the brand ambassadors of the School and are serving in various capacities such as Heads of renowned institutions, Faculty, Scientists, Administrators, Technocrats and Professional Executives.  The alumni interact strongly in all academic and extension activities of the School. 

The School organized 13 International Conferences, 23 National Conferences and 17 Workshops since its inception.  The School has developed research partnership with more than 32 countries in frontier areas of Fisheries Science such as Aquaculture, Capture Fisheries, Harvest and Post Harvest Technology and Marine Biodiversity.  The activities also comprise staff secondment programmes, visit of Scientists on short and medium periods, organization of workshops, seminar, symposia, delivering of lectures etc.  The School has carried out more than 10 international and 30 national research projects during the past decade funded by European Commission, Nuffic, Indo-Dutch Co-operation, Indo-Canadian funding assistance, Ministry of Earth Sciences, DOD, KSCSTE, ICAR-FRMS, ADAK, DOD-OSTC, NATICAR, World Bank and UNCTAD among others.

The faculty of the School also offers consultancy services and training programmes to the Government and Non-Governmental Organizations and Industry.  Members of the faculty have participated in several international symposia, workshops etc.  The faculty of this School serves as members in various expert committees constituted at regional, national and international levels.

9.         SCHOOL OF MARINE SCIENCES

The School of Marine Sciences (located at the Lakeside Campus of the University) has a glorious history of seventy three years of academic pursuit in marine sciences.  Nucleated in 1938 as the Oceanography Laboratory of the erstwhile University of Travancore, the School has grown into the biggest academic facility in marine sciences in India.  The School of Industrial Fisheries and the School of Environmental studies are off-springs of this evolutionary process.  The School of Marine Sciences is the only institution in the country, that has all the constituent disciplines harmoniously co-existing under one and the same roof.  Currently, the school comprises five independent, but interdependent, departments with academic and administrative autonomy viz., Departments of Atmospheric Sciences, Chemical Oceanography, Marine Geology & Geophysics, Marine Biology, Microbiology & Biochemistry and Physical Oceanography.  Facilities for teaching and research offer excellent opportunities for healthy interdisciplinary interaction. During the past seven decades, the school has produced over 2000 postgraduates, 550 PhDs, has to its credit and 1200 scientific papers published in journals of international repute and has taken the lead in organizing 30 International / National conferences. The School has won special recognition of the University Grants Commission under the DRS, COSIST, SAP and has completed Phase-II of the DSA Programme.

The Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India set up an Ocean and Atmospheric Science and Technology Cell (OASTC) in the School to encourage research in frontier areas of ocean/atmospheric sciences.  The Centre for Integrated Management of Coastal Zones, established in the School (2002) offers consultancy and conducts research in the broad area of coastal zone management. 

10.       DEPARTMENT OF ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES

Department of Atmospheric Sciences is a centre of excellence in teaching as well as research in the field of Meteorology/Atmospheric Sciences and is located in the serene and beautiful Lakeside Campus of the Cochin University of Science and Technology. The Department started offering a 4-semester M.Sc Course in Meteorology, since 1975 and a 4-Semester M.Tech Course in Atmospheric Science since 1989. The course content of all the above courses is of international standard updating every 3 years. As per the scheme of the Government of India entitled New Millennium Indian Technology Leadership Initiative (NMITLI) on Mesoscale Modelling for monsoon related predictions,  the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has identified the Department of Atmospheric Sciences as one of Centres of Excellence to carry out research work in the frontier area along with other premier centres such as Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi; Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune; Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore; Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai; C-MMACS, Bangalore and National Aeronautical Laboratory,  Bangalore. Presently CUSAT is involved in the Phase II research activities of NMITLI Project.

The University Grants Commission has selected the Department of Atmospheric Sciences under its Special Assistance Programme (SAP) based on the quality of teaching, academic achievements, research in thrust area and viable potential for future development. The essence and primary aim of SAP of the UGC is the combination of teaching and research to encourage group research efforts. The project entitled, Monsoon Cloud Characteristics under UGC – SAP - Level DRS Phase III from 2013 to 2018 has been sanctioned with a total grant, the Department received Rs.62 lakh to carry out research in the frontier area of Atmospheric Sciences. The financial support for five years is expected to develop the Department into a Centre of Excellence.

Department received Rs.20 lakh as Special Assistance from UGC(SAP) for Augmentation of Infrastructure  and Rs.30 lakh towards infrastructure development under the FIST programme of the  Department of Sciences  and Technology, Government of India during 2007 – 2011. UGC has also identified this Department as the Nodal Centre for introducing Computer Application Course at the Post Graduate level and extending lectures to other selected Departments of the University. Special funding is provided to the Department for conducting the course.  DST has sanctioned a prestigious project on Studies on the Troposphere features and Stratosphere Troposphere coupling processes over the Monsoon region using Stratosphere Troposphere (ST) Radar at Cochin with K. Mohan Kumar as Project Coordinator. The Department has high speed computational facilities, and a full-fledged surface weather observatory consisting of an automatic weather station, Sonic Anemometer, Micro rain radar, high resolution GPS RadioSonde etc. It has also setup a data bank, which has NCEP/NCAR reanalysis global data, UARS data from NASA, Rocket data, MST Radar data, surface weather observations, TOMS data, etc.

The Department has produced 47 Ph. Ds and published about 250 research papers in reputed international and national scientific journals. In addition, more than 330 research papers were presented in various national/international scientific conferences in India and abroad. Eminent Scientists and Professors are often invited to the Department for giving lectures in advanced areas.  The Department organized many national-level seminars and UGC Refresher Courses. Several national and International Conferences in Climate Variability and Predictability, Stratosphere Troposphere Interactions, TROPMET2000, Scale Interactions and Variability of Monsoons, Atmosphere Ocean Interactions, preservation of ozone layer and climate change etc.  were successfully organized by  the Department.

11.       DEPARTMENT OF CHEMICAL OCEANOGRAPHY

The Department of Chemical Oceanography has credentials of facilities and rich expertise in teaching / research on various chemical aspects of the aquatic system.  It has pioneered investigations in many an area of vital significance and has contributed valuable inputs into the national database.  Chemical Oceanography (Marine Chemistry) is the fulcrum for interaction between the various disciplines of Marine Sciences.

Two member of the faculty carried out post-doctoral research in the U.K. through the award of Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowships. Sophisticated instrumental facilities available in the Department include UV-VIS Spectrophotometer, AAS, GC, HPLC, GC-MS, LC-MS, FTIR, Polarographic Analyzer, Laminar Flow Chambers, etc. The Department is actively engaged in consultancy and extension activities that include Analytical Testing/Training, Water Quality Analysis etc.

12.       DEPARTMENT OF MARINE BIOLOGY, MICROBIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY

The Department of Marine Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry is an integral part of School of Marine Sciences which is one of its kind in India. It is one of the first and foremost academic centers in Marine Biology in the country.  The M.Sc programme in Marine Biology was started in 1958. The Department is engaged in research right from its inception in 1938 and more than 100 students have taken their Ph Ds in different areas of Marine Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry. Nearly thousand research papers have been published so far by the researchers of the Department. Besides MSc and Ph D programmes,  the Department also offers an M Phil programme in Life Sciences.

The Department has excellent infrastructure for teaching, research and training in the basic and applied frontiers of these disciplines.  The facilities include a  sophisticated central instrumentation lab with state of the art facilities such as HPLC, Transmission Electron Microscope, Freeze Drier, Fluorescence, uv – visible and atomic absorption  Spectrophotometers,  Gas Chromatograph, particle size analyzer, Blood analyzer, Gel documentation system, Water quality analyzer etc. Apart from the central instrumentation facility, the Department also has specific labs for Aquaculture, microbiology, biochemistry, algology, fish pathology, environmental toxicology, marine biology and marine ecology.  The Department also has a large aquarium and well maintained museum facility.

Considering the research output of the Department over the years, the Ministry of Earth Sciences has set up an Earth Sciences and Technology Cell (ESTC) at the CUSAT School of Marine Sciences. Faculty members of the Department challenges their students, share insights gained through professional experience and communicate the knowledge, they have spent a lifetime acquiring.  With broad inter-disciplinary academic expertise, our faculty possesses a strong sense of integrity and commitment to sustainability, community development, and progressive education.

13.       DEPARTMENT OF MARINE GEOLOGY & GEOPHYSICS

Earth Science education is enhancing its relevance and scope globally owing to recent advances in geoexploration and the role it has in environmental and development issues.  CUSAT is one of the premier Universities in the country to begin a full fledged post graduate programme in Marine Geology in the year 1976 taking into account the global advancement in general and national needs in particular in the field of Marine Science.  A 3-year M.Sc (Tech.) programme in Marine Geophysics was introduced in1992 which has now been restructured into a 2-year M.Sc. programme.  Both the programmes had been designed to aim at the development of manpower in the fields of Marine Geology and Geophysics with a special emphasis on off-shore areas with a view to cater the needs of various research institutions and survey organizations as well as private companies engaged in mineral exploration, sea bed surveys, remote sensing and oil and ground water prospecting.  Several major research projects funded by external agencies have been undertaken / are in operation in the Department.  Infrastructural facilities available include X-ray Diffractometer, Sedimentation balance etc.

14.       DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY

Oceans are vital to the world especially to a coastal nation like India due to its commercial (fishery, minerals, freshwater, salt, hydrocarbons, medicine, transport and energy), military and academic (weather and climate) values. Physical oceanography is the study of physical processes that occur within the oceans and its interaction with the atmosphere, lithosphere and biosphere .To cater the needs of physical oceanographers for this country, a postgraduate programme in Oceanography commenced in 1965 at the erstwhile Department of marine Biology and Oceanography under University of Kerala which later came under the Physical Oceanography  and Meteorology Division (POMD) of University of Cochin. In 1996, the Department of Physical Oceanography was established and the course was continued to offer under the Department.  In 2001, a new course in M.Tech. Ocean Technology commenced in the Department aimed to explore the technological aspects of the oceans for the benefit of the nation.

In the academic sector, the department has been the forerunner in producing skilled Oceanographers for this country over decades; many of them are leading scientists in many research organizations. Students of this department were awarded with national UGC-CSIR Fellowships and able to secure research positions in major research institutions in India and aboard. With timely updating of the curricula and training methods, the Department has been able to promote and develop a strong contingent of Oceanographers within the country and abroad. The department is also active in research by conducting major research projects funded by national bodies such as UGC, DST, MoES, SAC etc and credited with valuable research publications. Members of the faculty have active collaboration with national research bodies and were also awarded with International Fellowships.

15.       DEPARTMENT OF APPLIED CHEMISTRY

The Department of Applied Chemistry was established in 1976 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 industries and by acting as a catalyst for the starting of new industries.  The Department has now grown and has emerged as one of the best centres in Chemistry in the state of Kerala and had been fortunate to produce the only Bhatnagar Award Winner at that period in Chemical Sciences in the state (Dr. K.L. Sebastian, 1995).  The department aims to transform itself into a Centre of Excellence for the development of Chemical Industries in the state by providing trained personnel, scientific support and other consultancy and analytical services to solve the problems of the existing industries.

The Department has over 100 Ph.Ds and over 350 research publications and a few monographs to its credit.  The Department has been selected for the FIST programme of Department of Science and Technology, Government of India and Special Assistance Programme (SAP) of University Grants Commission. Funds for these prorammes are sanctioned to only a few Universities at the National level.  The department is also undertaking a number of projects and schemes sponsored by funding agencies like UGC, CSIR, DST, STEC and DRDO. Major Analytical facilities in the department include UV–Vis Spectrophotometer, Gas Chromatographs with TCD, FID and mass detectors, Thermo Gravimetric Analyzer, Surface area analyzer, FTIR, HPLCs with UV, Diode array and mass spectrometer detectors,  Electrochemical work station and Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer. 

As an extension activity, the instrumental facilities are offered to industries and academic institutions.  The Department undertakes consultancy services for industrial/ R&D establishments etc. in an effort to find solutions to technical problems faced by them.  The Department every year organizes either the National Seminar Series Current Trends in Chemistry (CTriC) or the International Seminar Series Materials Conference (MATCON), which attracts a number of researchers nationally and internationally.  These seminars help the department to re-focus its academic and research activities on a regular basis. The Department has International collaborations with National Technical University Singapore, KARD Scientific U.S.A., Limerick University Ireland, Polish Academy of Sciences Poland, Sultan Quaboos University Muscat, Bois State University U.S.A. and University Sains Malaysia. The Department also organizes outreach programmes for school children to inculcate an aptitude for Science and conduct such programmes in collaboration with KSCSTE, Kerala State Science and Technology Museum etc.

16.       DEPARTMENT OF BIOTECHNOLOGY

The Department of Biotechnology was established in 1991, under the Faculty of Sciences for postgraduate teaching and research in the emerging area of Biotechnology.  The M.Sc. programme in Biotechnology offers comprehensive education in all aspects of modern applied biology.  The programme has been designed in such a way that the students are well trained in state-of-the-art techniques in the world of fermentation, molecular biology, genetic engineering, bio-informatics, molecular neurobiology and immunology.  The theoretical and practical knowledge acquired by the student during the first three semesters is perfected through an intensive dissertation work during the fourth semester.  Topically relevant problems are identified for the purpose so as to impart training in identification and execution of research problems and interpretation of data.

Most of the M. Sc. students opt for research programmes in national/international laboratories after they complete their programme.  They also find employment in industries, educational institutions and other organizations involved in R and D and also in medical, pharmaceutical, agricultural and environmental biotechnology sectors. The Department has many achievements to its credit. More than 66 Ph.Ds have been awarded to date and there are more than 200 publications to its credit. On an average about 60% of the M.Sc. students clear the UGC-CSIR-NET and 80% clear GATE, besides clearing the DBT (GOI)-fellowship examinations. The Department is also amongst the few at the National level to have been selected for the special assistance from DST (Govt. of India) under the FIST ( Fund for improvement of S & T infrastructure) both in 2003(2003-08) and in 2009(2009-2014). In addition there are also several externally funded research projects and schemes sponsored by UGC, CSIR, DBT, DOD, MoES, DST, ICMR, etc.
 
The departmental library has more than 1700 books on the subject and subscribes to several journals. The major analytical facilities in the Department include ultracentrifuge, Liquid scintillation counter, FPLC, UV-visible spectrophotometer, iso-electric  focusing, 2D-gel  electrophoresis, Confocal microscope, Real-time PCR, -these and other facilities provide opportunities for the students to carry out research activities in areas such as microbial technology, medical biotechnology, genetic engineering, molecular neurobiology, cell biology, plant biotechnology and immunology.

17.       DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS

The combined Department of Mathematics and Statistics came into existence in November 1976, with the major objective of developing it to a Centre of Excellence in this region in mathematical sciences and applications and to provide facilities for training, study and research in these areas. This Department was bifurcated to form an independent Department of Mathematics on 1st January 1996.  The Department conducts a Masters Degree programme in Mathematics, an M.Phil programme in Mathematics and Ph.D programme.  Students of M.Sc (Mathematics) generally take up teaching positions or opt for research.  The Department has produced about 70 Ph.D.s and has published about 350 research papers in referred journals. Apart from giving instruction in post graduate courses, the Department has from the very beginning taken the leadership in promoting research in mathematics and its applications, especially in this part of the country.  This was realized in a two-fold way one, by guiding young researchers to do their doctoral work and two, by conducting extension programmes which will improve the instruction at the P.G. level in colleges and encourage youngsters to take up research.
Thrust areas of research are Stochastic Control theory, Retrial Queues, Mathematical Finance, Graph Theory, Deterministic Field Theories, Fuzzy Mathematics, Wavelet Analysis, Operator Theory, Algebra, Category theory, Topology, and Fluid Mechanics. The department has been receiving a library grant from NBHM since 1991 and financial support under FIST programme of DST since 2012. The department library has about 8650 books and subscribes to 12 Indian and 3 foreign journals, Mathematical Reviews and Mathscinet. Also the department has been co-ordinating the Mathematical Olympiads and related training programmes for school children with the assistance of NBHM since 1990.

18.       DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS

The present day Department of Physics of the Cochin University of Science & Technology first came into existence as the Department of Physics of the Ernakulam Centre of the University of Kerala in the year 1963. The Department of Physics was founded by Prof. K. Venkateswarlu with a moderate beginning and it gradually grew to a centre of excellence with emphasis on teaching and research.  Today the Department of Physics is well known within India and abroad for its contribution in teaching and research.  During its existence for the last 49 years, it has made rapid strides in the realm of research, both in experimental and theoretical physics.  The major thrust areas of the department are theoretical physics and material science.  Research in the frontier areas of nanoscience and technology, optoelectronic devices, quantum computing, semiconductor devices, solar cells, holographic materials, high density storage batteries, astrobiology and quantum optics are also underway in the department.

The Department also has produced innumerable illustrious alumni and are all well placed in different spheres of life all throughout the globe.  The department offers post graduate programmes namely M.Sc. (Physics), M.Phil (Physics) and Ph.D.  The department of Physics is also a recipient of generous financial assistance in the form of sponsored projects from various agencies viz. UGC, AICTE, IUCAA, DST, DRDO, CSIR, IUAC, DAE, KSCSTE and others.   At present, there are 14 ongoing research projects funded by various agencies. This year UGC has recognized this Department as the centre of advanced studies considering the various meritorious works during the last 50 years.

The faculty members of the department are engaged in active collaborative research with their counterparts at the national and international level.  Some of the leading institutions with which they interact are NCL, Pune; NIIST, Trivandrum; Inter University Accelerator Centre, New Delhi; IGCAR, Kalpakam; VSSC, Trivandrum, IUCAA, Pune and others.  They also have ongoing collaborative programmes with faculty members from NTU, Singapore; NUS, Singapore; Rice University, USA; Toyo University, Japan; Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan and IWATE University, Japan. 

The department possess the following sophisticated instruments for research :
Thickness Profilometer, Spectrophotometer, Fluorimeter, Liquid Nitrogen Plant, High Temperature Furnace, X-Ray Diffractometer, Nd: YAG Laser, Vacuum unit for laser plasma studies, HP 4192 LCR Meter, I-V Characterization unit (for pn junction), Hall measurement system, Optical microscope, Differential Scanning Calorimeter.  These facilities are thrown open for users within and outside the state on nominal charge depending on the availability of the instrument time. 

19.       DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS

The Department of Statistics was established in 1996 by bifurcating the erstwhile School of Mathematical Sciences. The Department offers M.Sc degree programme in Statistics, M.Tech in Engineering Statistics and research leading to Ph.D Degree. In addition to traditional teaching in Statistics, the Department is actively engaged in research in several areas of Statistics. Several research projects sponsored by UGC/DST have already been completed and one DST sponsored project is in progress.

The UGC has identified the department for special assistance at DRS II level. The Department is presently a FIST sponsored department by DST, Government of India. The Department has organized several seminars and workshops at the national and international level.  The department library has about 2500 books in addition to subscribing to 20 journals.  The Statistical Computing Laboratory of the department has several licensed softwares which include SAS, SPSS and Matlab.  The department has a metrology laboratory with sophisticated instruments such as CNC Trainer, CMM Machine and other metrological instruments.  There is a Center of Population Studies established in the Department aimed at conducting research in Demography and several other fields of social interest.  The Department has close academic interaction with University of Waterloo, Delhousie University, Canada, I.S.I. Calcutta, University of Dresden, Germany and University of Warwick, United Kingdom. Consultancy services are being offered to some industrial establishments and R & D institutions in the State in the field of Data Analysis, Planning of Surveys and Quality Improvement.

20.       DEPARTMENT OF APPLIED ECONOMICS

The Department promotes studies and research pertaining to the economic dimensions of science, technology &society and the economic problems of the region. It also provides training  to the college teachers in the state to enhance their capabilities in teaching and research. Another area of activity is developmental economics. The Department also offers a Master’s Degree Programme in Applied Economics.
Core Areas of Research
Problems of regional development in Kerala, Industrial Economics, Fishery Economics, Environmental Economics, International Economics, Econometrics and Women’s Issues.
This department is mainly concentrating on Research Activities.

21.       SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES

The School of Management Studies is one of the oldest academic units of the University. It was conceived with an aim to promote management education, way back in the year 1964. Being one among the first five management schools to be established in the country, it started functioning in the premises of the Fertilizers and Chemicals Travancore Ltd. (FACT) in October 1964 as a part of Kerala University with Professor Emeritus (Dr.) M.V.Pylee as the Director. When University of Cochin was formed in the year 1971 (which later became Cochin University of Science and Technology) the school became an integral part of the Cochin University. Since then, the school has striven tirelessly in pursuit of excellence in management education and is celebrating its 49th year. The School has been ranked as one among the top Business Schools in the country. The School is relentlessly pursuing its aim of teaching, training, research and consultancy. SMS offers the following Programmes:

1. MBA (Full Time),
2. MBA (International Business),
3. MBA (Travel and Tourism),
4. MBA (Part-time),
5. MPhil (Commerce) and
6. PhD programme.

It also conducts Management Development Programmes and undertakes consultancy projects. Currently the school offers electives in the areas of Marketing, Finance, Systems and Operations and Human Resource Management. The pedagogy includes lectures, seminars, case studies, one month long organizational study, and 2 months final project in the final semester. The faculty of the School has published over 40 books and hundreds of research papers in journals of standing. Thus the school has evolved with changing times with effectively “moulding managers for mankind”. SMS Library is well equipped and one among the best in South India with around 40000 books. The institute subscribes to over 104 journals, 79 Indian and 25 foreign issues. It also has a rich depository research volume of over 2400. CUSAT Library has IP enabled access to on line Journals under the UGC-INFONET - E-Journals Consortia and INDEST Consortia set up in the Campus Network. The library also subscribes many other e-journals. Computer Lab is well equipped with latest software and other facilities. It has more than 40 computers with Internet connectivity and access to digital databases. Students stay connected round the clock with the added benefit of Wi-Fi available for their laptops.

22.       DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRONICS

The Department of Electronics was established in 1975, as a post-graduate Department with Master’s and Ph.D. Programmes in frontier field of Electronics.  Post-graduate programmes include M. Sc. Electronics and M. Tech. Electronics with specializations in Microwave & Radar Electronics and Digital Electronics. The doctoral programmes are mainly in fields such as Underwater Acoustics, Ocean Electronics, Microwave Propagation & Antennas, Microwave Material Studies, Microwave Image Processing, Pattern Recognition, Microprocessor applications and signal processing display devices.  External agencies like the DST, ISRO, AICTE, DOE, DRDO, DOD, CSIR, NRB, MoES, DIT and the State Government are supporting this Department through various Research Projects and Research Fellowships. 

The Department has well equipped signal processing, microwave electronics, ocean electronics, intelligent machines and systems and Microprocessor Research Laboratories for carrying out research work at M.Tech and Ph.D levels. The Department was chosen for special assistance by the UGC under different schemes.  The UGC has sanctioned COSIST assistance in 1988 to the Department for development of post-graduate education and research in the areas of Microprocessor applications and Microwave Antennas.  In 1994, the Department was selected by the UGC for Departmental Research Support (DRS) in the field of Ocean Electronics.  The Department has been selected for the special assistance programme (SAP) of UGC at DSA level in the year 2000.  Recently, the UGC has recognized the Department as a participant in the Centre of Excellence in laser and optoelectronic sciences. The Department is currently undertaking research projects from various agencies and has successfully completed major research projects worth more than 1 Crore.  The Department has already established international collaboration with Delft University (The Netherlands), Polarizone Incorporation (Malaysia), University of Paris, France, University of Kent (UK) for different research projects.  The research facilities of the Department are used by different national research laboratories and research organizations like NAL Bangalore, SAC Ahmedabad, Indian Navy etc.

The Department conducts two symposia as biennial events – the National Symposium on Antennas & Propagation (APSYM) which commenced from 1988 and the Symposium on Ocean Electronics (SYMPOL) from 1991 onwards.  Effective from 2007 onwards, SYMPOL is being organized as international conferences with the technical co- sponsorship of IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society and Acoustical society of America. The Department has over 250 research publications and 18 students have taken their Ph. D degree during the past five years.  It also has a very good library facility with more than 6000 specialized books on Electronics and subscribing International and National Journals. The technical biasing of the University, spectacular growth of electronics industries in Kerala and the location of the University in the industrial zone of the State are all favorable aspects for the substantial development of this Department.

 

23.       DEPARTMENT OF INSTRUMENTATION

The Department of Instrumentation was established in the year 1995.  Though it is a relatively young teaching and research department, it has a long history of evolution as it was derived from the University Science Instrumentation Centre (USIC).  USIC was established in the University in 1978 as a service department with assistance from UGC.  USIC has been extending instrumentation services to various science and technology departments of the University by way of design and fabrication, glass blowing, carpentry work etc.  It has been carrying out consultancy work for other academic institutions, R & D organizations and industries as well.  The Centre was elevated to the status of an academic department in the year 1995.  From 1999 onwards, the Department is offering four years (8 semesters) B.Tech course in Instrumentation Technology.  M.Sc Degree course in Instrumentation has been started from 2011.

The Department has a very active research programme in the areas of Instrumentation and Applied Physics.  The Department has implemented several research projects sponsored by external funding agencies like DST, DAE, UGC, AICTE, STED (Kerala) and TWAS.  It has been the venue for national symposia and the faculty members have published several research papers in reputed national and international journals. The Department extends instrumentation services to all sister Departments.  It also offers consultancy for the design/fabrication of experimental systems for teaching/research, calibration/industrial applications.

24.       DEPARTMENT OF POLYMER SCIENCE AND RUBBER TECHNOLOGY

The Department of Polymer Science and Rubber Technology (P.S. & R.T.) established in 1971 is one of the pioneers in the area of education and research in Polymer Science and Engineering. In collaboration with the Rubber Research Institute of India the B.Tech. Programme was started in the year 1972.  The starting of the M.Tech. Programme in the year 1985 was a major milestone in the growth of the Department.  The highly motivated faculty members with experience in Universities outside India have to their credit about 650 research publications in internationally reputed journals.  More than 78 students have already taken their Ph.D. Degrees from the Department. The department has been organizing international Seminar series, Advance in Polymer Technology, APT, since 2002 to bring the Polymer scientists, technologist and engineers, working in academic institutions, industry and research organizations to a common platform.  Almost 100% placement of the B.Tech and M.Tech students, mainly through campus selection, in major tyre companies, polymer manufacturing / processing industries and research institutions has been the tradition of the Department.  Alumni of the Department are in senior positions in major polymer based industries, in India and in multinational corporations.

The eight-semester undergraduate B.Tech. Programme in Polymer Science and Engineering has been recently restructured in collaboration with the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands under the MHO programme. The revised curriculum has been designed to equip students in basic science and engineering skills, and to provide them up to date knowledge and skills in production, characterization, processing and testing of polymers and polymer products.  Practical trainings at the Rubber Research Institute of India,  Kottayam , Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Technology,  Chennai other research institutions and in-plant trainings in Polymer Industries are the highlights of this course.

Teaching and research are intertwined in the four semesters MTech .programme in Polymer Technology. The first two semesters in programme comprise of lecturers, laboratory work and seminars. The students spend the third and fourth semesters in a research project either in a research institution / industry R&D or in the University. Candidates having valid GATE score with B.Tech .or equivalent degree /AMIE IN polymer Science and Rubber Technology / Chemical Engineering / Technology or M.Sc.  Polymer Chemistry /M.Sc. Chemistry with Polymer Chemistry specialization with a first class (60%) are eligible for admission. If sufficient numbers of candidates with valid GATE score are not available, admission to the remaining seats is made on the basis of Departmental Admission Test (DAT). Two seats are reserved for candidates sponsored by University /Industry / Teaching or Research Organizations of Central /State Government or by Private Engineering Colleges approved by AICTE. The candidate (maximum age of 40 years as on 1st August of the year of admission) should have a minimum experience of three years in relevant field after completing the qualifying degree. The Department  has a very active research group. 

Major facilities in the Department include basic rubber/plastic processing equipment, Windsor Injection Moulding Machine, Shimadzu Autograph Universal Testing Machines (50 kN and 10kN), Alpha Technologies RPA2000 Rubber Process Analyser, TA  Dynamic Mechanical Analyser Q800, TA  DSC Q100, TA  TGA Q50, Hitachi U-V Visible NIR Spectrophotometer, Bruker Tensor 27 FTIR, Zwick Impact Tester, Atago Abbe Regractometer, Keithley2182 Nano Voltmeter,  Waters515 HPLC, Brookfield Viscometer, Carl Zeiss Stereo Microscope and Thermo Haake(Rheomix) Poly Lab System.
 
Thrust  Areas of Research
Conducting polymers and composites
 Nano composites
 Recycling
 Ionomers
 Polymers from renewable recourses
 Polymer Blends
 Polymers for optical recording

 Other highlights

 The department has successfully completed major projects sponsored by Nuffic (MHO, The Netherlands), Volkswagen Foundation (Germany), MHRD, AICTE, DRDO, DST,   and UGC. The Department has had a successful collaborative association with the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) and University of Twente, The Netherlands.

The Department received special assistance from the DST, Government of India under Fund for Improvement of Science and Technology Infrastructure (FIST) programme. 

25.       DEPARTMENT OF SHIP TECHNOLOGY

The Department is one of the pioneers in the field of Naval Architecture education in the country. It was established in 1974, in the technical collaboration with Rostock University, Germany. It has over the years established a firm foothold and name in ship building and other associated industries by producing dynamic generation of Naval Architects to meet the requirements on Indian Shipbuilding Industry, Ship Classification Societies, R&D Organizations, The Indian Navy and other  related Institutions.

In 2003, an academic collaboration was started with Chosun University, South Korea whereby exchange of students and faculty members take place between this Department and School of Aerospace and Naval Architecture, Chosun University. The course contents conform to international standards of similar Bachelor Degree programmes. The Indo-German Academic Exchange Programme, which the Department sustained till the mid nineties enabled direct exposure to the latest concepts and techniques in Naval Architecture.  The Department maintains active collaboration and interaction with many Universities abroad, IIT Chennai, IIT Kharagpur, and various Shipyards and classification societies in India, students as well as faculty members from all over the country and from abroad. 

The students obtain practical knowledge from all these sources through regular visits and training programmes.  It’s highly qualified team of faculty members has published more than 150 research papers in technical journals of national and international repute. The B.Tech. (Naval Architecture & Ship Building) course is recognized by the Ministry of Surface Transport, Government of India for eligibility to the M.O.T. Certificate Examination. This course has also been accredited by the Royal Institute of Naval Architects (RINA), UK in 1994, as satisfying the Engineering Council (UK) requirements for the registration at stage I of Chartered Engineer Section. The Indian Navy has identified this Department as a Centre for Training in Naval Architecture and Ship Building. Cadets from Indian Navy are admitted to our B Tech programme every year. 

 M.Tech  programme in computer Aided Structural Analysis and Design (CASAD) was successfully launched by the Department in Academic Year 1995-96. The duration of the course is 4 semesters, where the first two semesters are fully devoted for the course work and the last two for the project work .The project works are carried out in house and also at various organizations such as SERC, ISRO, NPOL, EMRC etc. The Department commenced Ph.D .programme in 1996. The research areas by and large fall in these categories.

Structures (Marine and Civil)
Navel Architecture (Shipbuilding, Computer Applications)
Ship / Marine Hydrodynamics
Ship Stability
Ship Recycling

26.       INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF PHOTONICS

Photonics is a high-tech subject which has evolved during the past two decades as a result of the fusion of optical technology with electronics. The subject has been hailed as the science and technology for the next millennium. Photonics has made its impact in various areas like communications, computing and control as well as in fields such as medicine, industry, defence and entertainment. Cochin University of Science and Technology is one of the first few Universities /Institutions in the country where due importance has been given to research, development and teaching activities in photonics and related areas. The International School of Photonics (ISP) came into existence in 1995. Research activities include the design and  fabrication  of various laser systems and laser components, detailed investigations of non-linear phenomena in different materials using photothermal, photoacoustic and related techniques, time and space resolved studies on laser induced plasmas from a variety of targets, design and characterization of fibre optic  sensors, fabrication and characterization of polymer fibers, preparation and investigation of photonic materials and studies on photonics theory. Most of these activities are supported by funding agencies like DST, AICTE and UGC.

ISP at present offers a 4 semester M.Tech degree programme in Opto Electronics and Laser Technology and Ph.D Programme. Manpower development in this modern high technology field and establishment of collaborative research activities with various institutions in India and abroad are the major objectives of ISP. Many of the alumni from ISP are now workings in advanced laboratories in various parts of the world.  Four of the faculties have won recognition through Fellowships/ Awards. Over 80 research papers were published during the past 5 years. The Department conducts a workshop/seminar in photonics annually during February. ISP has strong collaboration and interaction with a number of institutions such as Robert Gordon University U K, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and  Tampere University of Technology, Finland.  Leading Organizations such as ISRO, SAMEER, NeST select students from ISP through campus interviews.  Major facilities include Master Optical Parametric Oscillator, High Power Nd: YAG Laser, 12 Watt Argon ion Laser, Optical Fibre drawing facility & Ring Dye Laser.

Thrust Areas of Research

Laser Technology
Fibre Optic Sensors
Nonlinear Dynamics
Laser Induced Plasma
Photothermal Phenomena
Laser control by Chaos
Nonlinear Optics
Polymer Optical

27.          CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE IN LASERS AND OPTO ELECTRONICS SCIENCES (CELOS)

In recognition of the pioneering work carried out by the Laser Group in this University during the past two decades, the University Grants Commission identified Cochin University of Science and Technology as a “University with potential for Excellence in the field of Lasers and Optoelectronics Sciences” in March 2002 and released an initial installment of grant of Rs.5 crore.  Following this, a “Centre of Excellence in Lasers and Optoelectronics Sciences” was established in CUSAT in July 2002.  The primary objectives of this Centre are to initiate and organize teaching, research and extension activities in this highly specialized field of Lasers and Optoelectronics.

CELOS is presently merged with the International School of Photonics. CELOS started a Five year Integrated M.Sc. Degree Course in Photonics in December 2002.  Twenty students who have completed their +2 course are admitted every year to this Integrated M.Sc. Degree programme through the Common Admission Test conducted by CUSAT. This is an integrated post graduate degree programme with duration of five years (10 Semesters). The students are given intensive training in theory and practicals needed to provide a sound understanding of the modern subject of photonics.  Besides basic Mathematics and Physics, the subjects taught cover applied optics, laser technology, laser applications, optoelectronics and fiber optic technology.  Successful candidates who complete this M.Sc. Degree programme have plenty of opportunities in Photonics and Fiber Optics industry and for advanced studies like M.Tech and Ph.D.  Most of the students from the last batches are engaged in research in the area of Photonics in different parts of the world. 

As a part of launching research and development activities in the frontier areas, CELOS has established a major laser research facility with the most modern and advanced laser systems.  This includes a femto/pico second laser system and related accessories.  This is  a major regional facility which will benefit the actual users from the different departments of CUSAT as well as from other Research Institutions and Universities in this part of the country.

28.       DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER APPLICATIONS

The Department of Computer Applications (DCA) was established in 1994 with MCA programme with  the financial support and a model curriculum prepared jointly by the UGC and the Department of Electronics, Government of India to facilitate research and human resource development in the subject. The syllabus is being updated periodically according to the latest technology. The Department has a proud alumni, most of them being placed with IT Giants IBM, HP, WIPRO, INFOSYS, TCS, CTS, BOSCH etc. Information Security, Simulation and modelling, Cryptography & Coding Theory, Algorithm, Pattern Recognition, Web mining, Graph Theory and its Applications, Image Processing, Data Mining, Networking and Software Engineering are the major research areas. Five students have been awarded with Ph.D till date. Also another six scholars have submitted the thesis during the current year. It has 20 publications in last two years and around 70 publications since its inception. The Department is also doing consultancy work for public and private sector undertakings. The Department has an excellent library with more than 6000 books and various National, International and Online Journals. The Department has a well equipped laboratory with latest computers and software and 24 hour high speed internet access. The Department has an active student’s organization ‘SAMCA’ which also manages the Placement Cell assisted by the faculty members. The SAMCA hosts special interest groups in subject areas in Data Mining, Image Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics etc.

29.       DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

The department of Computer Science (DCS) focuses on academic programs that prepare individuals for effective participation in computer and systems related professions. Qualified professionals in these fields continue to be in demand as organizations and economies rely upon the efficiency and effectiveness of computer based systems. Courses in the programs offered, seek to provide students with current skills for their first career position, with conceptual preparation to sustain their vocation throughout their career.

At present, three graduate programmes are offered:

  • M.Tech in Computer & Information Science
  • M.Tech in Software Engineering.
  • M.Tech in Computer Science with Specialization in Embedded Systems (Part - Time)

 

The programmes follow a choice based credit and semester system with progressive assessment towards grading in a 10 point scale. DCS is the only department in CUSAT which offers two full time M.Tech programmes, having due approval of the AICTE. Candidates with valid GATE scores only are eligible for admission under the general category, while those with a minimum of three years experience in the computer and systems related professions can seek admission under the sponsored category.

Aspirants for the part time programme need to have a minimum of one year experience in Industry / University / Institution recognized by appropriate statutory bodies. Research Programmes leading to PhD in Computer Science / Computer Engineering as well as in Information Science, are also offered.

Started in the academic year 1984-85, DCS has been in the forefront in offering cutting edge courses, as well as in supporting the institution CUSAT in its computer related activities. It was the seeding agent in establishing the Computer Centre in 1989, with support from the UGC and the DRDO, and has been managing the Centre. Five batches of students of the M.Sc in Computer Software had graduated from DCS, specifically to serve the DRDO laboratories. The CUSAT Intranet was conceived and commissioned by DCS; it also manages the net, along with the Web-server and the e-mail server. It has supported and enriched the MCA programme during the programme’s brief stint at DCS.

Grants amounting to a total of around Rs.10.0 crores received from several funding agencies were managed by DCS, based on projects it has initiated. The agencies include the MHRD, the DRDO, the UGC, the AICTE, the DST and the Nuffic of the Royal Government of the Netherlands. Two projects funded by the ISRO have been successfully implemented; more are in the offing. While the major focus of research is on Information Systems, the departmental research interests span the Computer Science spectrum, as well. Recent publications cover topics in High Speed Computing, Human-Computer Interaction, Information Security, Networked Embedded System, Natural Language Processing, Software Engineering, VLSI, etc.

The research laboratories have been augmented / developed using the 2007 MHRD grant.  They are

1.  Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory (HCI Lab)
2.  Embedded Systems Laboratory (ESL)
3.  Mobile Computing Laboratory (MCL)
4.  Software Engineering Laboratory (SEL)

The DCS library has a rich collection of technical literature with more than 5000 volumes and all the ACM journals. In addition to the web access available in the library, it provides students with the opportunity to tap the latest information available, through a collection of technical journals, magazines, books, research papers, seminar proceedings and project reports. The department has been selected for support by the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, under its FIST programme.  The funds received are being utilised to augment the post graduate programmes as well as to pursue research leading to Ph.D.  Wireless Sensor Networks is one of the areas identified for further research.