Cochin University of Science and Technology
|Motto||tejasvi nāvadhītamastu (Sanskrit)|
Motto in English
|May learning illumine us both|
|Vice-Chancellor||Dr. R. Sasidharan|
|Campus||Urban, 180 acres|
|Affiliations||UGC, NAAC, AIU, ACU|
Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) is a government-owned autonomous science and technology university in Kochi, Kerala, India. Founded in 1971, it has three campuses: two in Kochi and one in Kuttanad, Alappuzha, 66 km inland. The university awards degrees in engineering and science subjects at the undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Motto
- 3 Rankings
- 4 Campuses
- 5 Faculties
- 5.1 Faculty of Science
- 5.2 Faculty of Technology
- 5.3 Faculty of Engineering
- 5.4 Faculty of Environmental Studies
- 5.5 Faculty of Humanities
- 5.6 Faculty of Law
- 5.7 Faculty of Marine Sciences
- 5.7.1 School of Industrial Fisheries
- 5.7.2 Department of Atmospheric Sciences
- 5.7.3 Department of Chemical Oceanography
- 5.7.4 Department of Marine Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry, Cochin University of Science and Technology
- 5.7.5 Department of Marine Geology and Geophysics
- 5.7.6 Department of Physical Oceanography
- 5.8 Faculty of Medical Sciences and Technology
- 5.9 Faculty of Social Sciences
- 6 Centres
- 6.1 Centre for Science in Society (C-SIS)
- 6.2 Sophisticated Test and Instrumentation Centre (STIC)
- 6.3 National Centre for Aquatic Animal Health (NCAAH)
- 6.4 Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion & Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP)
- 6.5 Inter University Centre for IPR Studies (IUCIPRS)
- 6.6 International Centre for Economic Policy and Analysis (ICEPA)
- 7 See also
- 8 References
Originally known as the University of Cochin, the university came into being in 1971 through an act of the Kerala Legislature that was the result of a campaign for postgraduate education in the state. It was reorganised into Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) in February 1986. The objectives were the promotion of undergraduate and postgraduate studies and advanced research in applied science, technology, industry, commerce, management and social sciences.
Admissions are based on an All India Entrance Examination known as the Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by the university which includes papers for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Departmental Admission Tests (DAT) are conducted for some postgraduate courses.
CUSAT has at present 29 Departments of study and research offering Graduate and Post Graduate programmes across a wide spectrum of disciplines in frontier areas of Engineering, Science, Technology, Humanities, Law & Management. The University has academic links and exchange programmes with several institutions across the globe.
The motto of the university is "Tejasvinavadhithamastu", which conveys, "May the wisdom accrued deify us both — the teacher and the taught - and percolate to the universe in its totality" which is taken from the Vedas.
|General – international|
|Times (World) (2018)||801-1000|
|Times (Asia) (2018)||251-300|
CUSAT was ranked 801-1000 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2018 and 251-300 in Asia. While considering an endowment of under US$ 0.5 million CUSAT shows way beyond excellence while compariosn with other world universities.
The university has three campuses:
- two in Kochi,
- one at Pulinkunnu, Kuttanad, Alappuzha about 65 km south of Kochi in the state of Kerala.
Main (Thrikkakara) Campus
The main campus is 1.5 km off the National Highway 47 in South Kalamassery. The 180-acre (0.73 km2) campus consists of the Administrative office, the Central Library, Computer Centre, departments, labs, workshops, School of Engineering (SOE Campus), Kunjali Marakkar School of Marine Engineering, School of Management Studies, School of Legal Studies, Canteens, Guest house, Hostels and Playgrounds.
The computerised Central Library is a source of information for CUSAT students and academics. The Computer Center provides free internet access to the students. The campus hosts the buildings of the departments. The SOE campus has divisions of engineering and corresponding labs and workshops. The SOE campus block consists of classrooms for engineering courses and a new lab building which houses department centres and labs.
Men's hostels are:
Women's hostels are:
The campus hosts the accommodation of its employees.
The Lakeside campus, around 12 km from the main campus, is set in Fine arts avenue road, Cochin city on the estuarine waterfront. It consists of the School of Marine Sciences, School of Industrial Fisheries, Department of Physical Oceanography, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Chemical Oceanography, Department of Marine Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry, Department of Marine Geology and Geophysics and The School of Marine Sciences has a library that is regarded as one of the largest marine science libraries in Asia and a research vessel for coastal water studies. The school has academic interactions with other universities and research institutes in India and outside.
The Pulincunnu campus in Kuttanad, Alappuzha District is 65 km from the Main campus. It is home to the Cochin University College of Engineering, Kuttanad (CUCEK) and the Cochin University College of Computer Applications (CUCCA). The campus is surrounded by water scenery, temples and churches.
CUSAT is structured into nine faculties:
- Environmental Studies
- Marine Sciences
- Medical Sciences and Technology
- Social Sciences
Faculty of Science
Department of Physics
The present day Department of Physics of the Cochin University of Science and 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 50 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 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.
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, Kalpakkam; 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 possesses the following 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, HRXRD, XPS, FTIR, FESEM. These facilities are thrown open for users within and outside the state on nominal charges depending on the availability of the instrument time.
The Department of Physics conducts a science awareness programme in physics and Space Quiz called National Space Olympiad in association with IUCAA Resource Centre, CUSAT and Edumithra Intellectual Services.
Department of Applied Chemistry
The Department of Applied Chemistry was established in 1976 with the support of University Grants Commission to aid in the development of the industrial belt in the Greater Cochin area by providing scientific support and trained personnel to industry. The department started an M.Sc programme in Applied Chemistry in 1971. An M.Phil programme in chemistry was started in 1986. The department has served as a nucleus for starting the Department of Polymer Science and Rubber Technology and the Department of Biotechnology, by initiating B.Tech and M.Sc courses.
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 of Science 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.
Department of Mathematics
The Department of Mathematics conducts a master's degree programme in Mathematics and Operations Research and Computer Applications along with M.Phil and PhD programmes. The research scholars in the department are in receipt of fellowship from Government of India funding agencies such as University Grants Commission, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, and the National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM). Research activities are in Analysis, Algebra, Operator Theory, Functional Analysis, General topology, Fuzzy mathematics, Graph Theory, Combinations, Convexity Theory, Fluid Dynamics, Non-linear waves, Stability, Stochastic Processes in general and Random Graphs, Operations Research and the History of Mathematics.
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
The Statistical Computing Laboratory of the department has several licensed software 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, Dalhousie University, Canada, Indian Statistical Institute, 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.
Faculty of Technology
Department of Electronics
The Department of Electronics was established in 1975. It has Microwave Electronics instrumentation and Microprocessor Research laboratories and the doctoral programmes mainly in fields such as Underwater acoustics, Ocean electronics, Microwave propagation antennas, Microwave image processing, pattern recognition, microprocessor applications in signal processing and display devices.
The department offers postgraduate programmes that include M.Sc. Electronics and M.Tech Electronics with specializations in Microwave & Radar Electronics and Digital Electronics. External agencies like the DST, ISRO, AICTE, DOE, DRDO, MOD and the state government support this department through research projects and fellowships. The department conducts two national 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. The department has established international collaboration with Delft University (Netherlands), PolarizOne Corporation (Malaysia), University of Kent (England) and University of Surrey (England) for different research projects.
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 was started in 2011.
The Department has a research programmes 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, KSCSTE and TWAS. It also offers consultancy for the design/fabrication of experimental systems for teaching/research, calibration/industrial applications.
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.
Major facilities in the Department include basic rubber/plastic processing equipment, Windsor Injection Moulding Machine, Shimadzu Autograph Universal Testing Machines (50 kN and 10 kN), 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 ThermoHaake(Rheomix) Poly Lab System.
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.
Department of Ship Technology
The department is one of the pioneers in the field of Naval Architecture education in India, established in 1974. A B.Tech programme in Naval Architecture and Ship Building was started in 1975. In technical collaboration with the University of Rostock, Germany since 1978, it is producing Naval Architects to meet the requirements of shipbuilding industry, Ship Classification Societies, R&D organisations, the Indian Navy and other organisations. The department maintains collaborations with IITs, Universities outside India, Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL), Vizag and shipyards. These organisations extend their facilities and expertise to impart training to the B.Tech students.
The Ministry of Shipping, Government of India, approved the B.Tech course for the M.O.T. Certificate Examination. The Indian Navy has recognised this department as a centre for the higher education of their officers. The department has a library, computer centre, laboratories and workshops. The faculty have over 100 research publications. The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), UK as satisfying the Engineering Council (UK) requirements for the registration at stage 1 of the Chartered Engineer section. An academic collaboration took birth with Chosun University, Republic of Korea in 2003 whereby exchange of students and faculty members take place.
Society of Naval Architecture Students or SNAS is a student organisation of the Naval Architecture students at the department. they organize seminars, various activities in the department. They also publish an annual Technical Magazine, SHIPSTECHNIC, which includes Technical papers from the experts in the industry.
International School of Photonics
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 fibres, 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. 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 etc., 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
In recognition of the pioneering work carried out by the Laser Group in this university during the past two decades,[when?] 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 (CELOS)” 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.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. The Centre has now been merged with International School of Photonics.
Department of Computer Applications
The Department of Computer Applications (DCA) was established in 1994 offering MCA programme with the financial support and a model curriculum from 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. information security, Simulation and Modelling, cryptography and coding theory, Language Computing, Algorithm, Pattern Recognition, Web Mining, Graph Theory and its Applications, Image Processing, Data Mining, Networking and Software Engineering are the major research areas.
The department has a library with more than 6000 books and a good number of national, international and online journals. The department has an active students' 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, and Cryptography.
Department of Computer Science
The Department of Computer Science (DCS) focuses on academic programs.
At present,[when?] 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)
DCS offers two full-time M.Tech programmes, having due approval of the AICTE. 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 supporting 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)
Faculty of Engineering
School of Engineering, Thrikkakara
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 & 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.
Research activities were introduced in School of Engineering in 1981 with Ph.D. Programmes. The School has already produced 53 Ph.Ds and more than 250 candidates have registered as research students at present.. 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 journals.
B.Tech programmes offered by School of Engineering, CUSAT have been accredited by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) under Tier-I system.National Board of Accreditation (NBA) has been accorded permanent signatory status to the Washington Accord on 13 June 2014. As per Washington Accord agreement, Recognition of programmes by other signatories applies only to programmes accredited by NBA that are offered by education providers accepted by NBA as Tier-1 Institutions.
Undergraduate courses B.Tech (intake in brackets)
- Civil Engineering (90)
- Computer Science and Engineering (90)
- Electrical and Electronics Engineering (60)
- Electronics and Communication Engineering (90)
- Information Technology (90)
- Mechanical Engineering (90)
- Safety and Fire Engineering (60)
Postgraduate course M.Tech.
Full Time M Tech Courses
- Information Technology (Software Systems) (18)
- Computer Science and Engineering (Networking Systems) (18)
- Civil Engineering (Geo-technical Engineering) (18)
- Mechanical Engineering (Thermal Engineering) (18)
- Electronics & Communications Engineering (Wireless Technology) (18)
Part Time M Tech Courses
- Civil Engineering (18)
- Mechanical Engineering (18)
- Chemical Engineering (18)
- Electrical Engineering (18)
Ph.D programmes All branches mentioned above.
Kunjali Marakkar School of Marine Engineering
The Kunjali Marakkar School of Marine Engineering offers the B.Tech. programme in Marine Engineering.
B.Tech. Marine Engineering course is a full-time compulsory residential programme. 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 is given by 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. A full-time two year (4 semester) M Tech programme in Marine Engineering with an annual intake of maximum 18 students started from the academic year 2014.
Cochin University College of Engineering, Kuttanad
Cochin University College of Engineering, Kuttanad was established in 1999 and owned by Cochin University of Science and Technology. It is situated in a 42-acre campus in Pulincunnoo, Kuttanad, the rice bowl of Kerala in Alappuzha district, which is about 75 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 Engineering. and M.C.A.
- Computer Science and Engineering
- Electrical and Electronics Engineering
- Electronics and Communication Engineering
- Information Technology
- Mechanical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Applications
Faculty of Environmental Studies
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. The School is DST-FIST sponsored and UGC-SAP assisted. The School has achieved a grant of Rs.75 lakhs underthe 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
Stream 2: Environmental Biotechnology.
Doctoral programme is offered in the areas of: Environmental Biology, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Photocatalysis & SonoPhotocatalysis, 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) Analyser, Spectrophotometers, Pulse Field Gel Electrophoresis, Inverted Microscope, CO2 Incubator, Electrophoretic Systems, Plant growth chamber, Luminometer 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(EIA) 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.
Faculty of Humanities
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 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 i.e., 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.
Programmes of Study/Research in the Department
- M.A. Hindi Language and Literature
- M.Phil P.G. Diploma in Translational and Functional Hindi
- Short Term Course in Computer based Training and Teaching in Hindi
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.
Faculty of Law
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 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.
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 remodelled 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 late Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer has been established in the School. It enables interdisciplinary research and extension work in Human Rights values.
Faculty of Marine Sciences
School of Industrial Fisheries
The Department of Industrial Fisheries was established in 1976. 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 viz
- Aquaculture and Capture fisheries
- Fishing Technology
- Fish Processing Technology
- Fisheries Economics
- Fisheries Management.
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.
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 Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore.
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 set up 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.
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.
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.
Department of Marine Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry, Cochin University of Science and Technology
The Department of Marine Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry is an integral part of School of Marine Sciences. It is one of the first and foremost academic centres 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 D's in different areas of Marine Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry.
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 facilities such as different kind of microscopes for taxonomic and other related works, Gass chromatography, TOC, HPLC, Transmission Electron Microscope, Freeze Drier, Fluorescence, uv – visible and atomic absorption Spectrophotometers, Gas Chromatograph, particle size analyser, Blood analyser, Gel documentation system, PCR, RT-PCR, Water quality analysis and Flow Through System for experiments. Researchers from the department named a new species after the University, Victoriopisa cusatensis.
Department of Marine Geology and 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 developmental 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 in 1992 which has now been restructured into a 2-year M.Sc. programme.
Department of Physical Oceanography
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.
Faculty of Medical Sciences and Technology
Department of Biotechnology
The Department of Biotechnology was established in 1991. The M.Sc. course in Biotechnology which was started in the Department of Applied Chemistry was later transferred to the department with an annual student intake of 10. It offers a Ph.D. programme. The professional M.Sc. course is designed to train students in frontier areas of biotechnology. The research activities of the Department are on areas in Microbiology, Molecular Neurobiology and Cell Biology, Medical Biochemistry, Genetic Engineering and Plant Biotechnology.
Faculty of Social Sciences
Department of Applied Economics
The department offers a postgraduate degree in Applied Economics (M.A Applied Economics) M.Phil and PhDprogrammes. The department's research focuses on economics of technology. Apart from economics, two areas where the department has teaching capability are econometrics and operations research. Cochin city has an industrial belt and a coastal area suitable for fishing activities. The industrial and fishing activities have contributed much to environmental pollution in the area. Therefore, the department researches the technology problems of industry and the fisheries sector, and the economics of the environment.
School of Management Studies
The School of Management Studies (SMS) is one of the oldest academic units of the university. 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 University. Since then, the school has dabbled in management education. It pursues four areas of academic activity: teaching, training, research and consultancy.
SMS offers the following Programmes:
1. MBA (Full Time),
2. MBA (Part-time),
3. MPhil (Commerce) and
4. PhD programme.
Centre for Science in Society (C-SIS)
The Centre for Science in Society(C-SIS) was established in 1991 under the UGC VIII plan Development Assistance with partial financial assistance from Cochin 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 “Sastraposini” Programme.
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has put 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 C-SIS. The trajectory monitoring and error correction in the process of Satellite Launching are shown to the group of students who visit C-SIS.
Sophisticated Test and Instrumentation Centre (STIC)
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:
1. Provide advanced instrument facilities for analysis testing, measurement and calibration to users from industries, academic institutions and R&D establishments.
2. Undertake research and development in the field of instrumentation and related areas relevant to industries in the State.
3. Undertake training and other services for personnel from industries, R&D establishments and academic institutions.
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.
a. STIC has set up the following facilities to carry out its activities.
b. NABL accredited calibration laboratories (Electro-Technical, Thermal, and Mechanical)
c. Testing laboratories (Electrical, Plastics, Mechanical)
e. Instrumentation R & D Laboratory.
National Centre for Aquatic Animal Health (NCAAH)
NCAAH (formerly Centre for Fish Disease Diagnosis and Management) was establishment on 18 January 2000 to cater to the requirement of aqua farmers in protecting health of rearing stock through the introduction of the recent advancements in marine biotechnology, and situates in the Lakeside Campus of the University. Motto of the Centre is "Relentless effort for the protection of health of aquatic animals and their environment”.
NCAAH is the seventh Regional Resource Centre (RRC) in aquatic animal health of the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia Pacific (NACA) which has its headquarters at Bangkok, Thailand. As an RRC, the Centre is mandated to provide scientific and technical training of personnel from the South Asian Region, diagnostic Testing Facilities to countries who are members of the Regional Aquatic Animal Health initiative, organize scientific meetings, training courses and workshops for NACA, dissemination of Information and other such initiatives in aquatic animal health.
The centre is equipped with research Labs such as Bacteriology, Virology, Animal Tissue Culture, Immunology, Genomics, Proteomics and Fermentation. An extensive bioassay system with RAS is another feature. The Centre offers an M.Tech. programme in Marine Biotechnology sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.
Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion & Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP)
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 Centre examines social exclusion as both ‘a Process and a Status’. Developing on this scheme of examining social exclusion, the Centre 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 centre 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.
Inter University Centre for IPR Studies (IUCIPRS)
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 is converted into IUCIPRS to encourage multidisciplinary teaching and research in the area of intellectual property rights.
IUCIPRS is governed by a governing council consisting of twelve members with the Minister for Education and Culture, Government of Kerala as Chairman and Vice-Chancellor of CUSAT as Vice-Chairman.
International Centre for Economic Policy and Analysis (ICEPA)
The International Centre for Economic Policy and Analysis (ICEPA) was an offshoot of the international collaboration the Department of Applied Economics had in the 1990s and 2000s. The original request for the development of this Centre came from the international collaborators so as to sustain the system with continuous linkage. ICEPA was established in the year 2004 April in the Department of Applied Economics, CUSAT for analysing the economic issues and giving guidelines to authorities for taking policy decisions. Currently, the Centre is carrying out research projects from national and international agencies and is also engaging in development dialogues with national and international NGO's as well as with industries and Governments.
Important works undertaken by the Centre since its inception include studies relating to the World Bank, the European Union, The Royal Netherlands Embassy, Development Research Institute, The Netherlands, The Royal Netherlands Embassy Press and Culture Affairs, New Delhi, the Tilburg University, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, Ministry of Plantation, Government of India, Kerala Shipping and Inland Navigation Corporation Ltd, etc.
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