Cochin University of Science and Technology
The establishment of the erstwhile University of Cochin in 1971 was a commitment from the Government of Kerala towards the new scientific policy resolution adopted by the Central Government on 4th March 1958. The birth of the new University was with the specific purpose of â€œdevelopment of higher education with particular emphasis on post-graduate studies and research in applied science, technology, industry and commerce. The University of Cochin was later reorganized as Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) in February 1986.
The University's basic philosophy and goals find eloquent expression in its Coat of Arms emblazoning the motto 'Tejaswinavadhitamastu which in essence means may learning illumine us both (the teacher and the taught). Starting from 1996-97, cusat became international in student admissions and faculty exchanges. It is strengthening contacts and collaborative tie-ups with international universities and institutions and is in the path of growth as a global centre for generation of new knowledge in frontier areas of learning. CUSAT has entered into academic collaborations and exchange programmes with many notable institutions across the USA, Europe, Russia, Japan, France, Korea etc.
The UGC has selected cusat as a centre for Excellence in the field of Lasers and Opto-electronic sciences for which a new Centre, CELOS has been established. The Union Ministry of HRD has acknowledged School of Legal Studies as a Depository of Intellectual Property Rights and an IPR chair has been introduced. Another prestigious chair instituted by the Ministry of HRD is Rajiv Gandhi Chair on Sustainable Development. By giving recognition to several well-established premier research institutions in the country and the Southern Naval Command of Indian Navy, the University has brought within its reach the resources available in these institutions for the use of the academic community. Specialisations are available in almost all Faculties/Departments for higher studies and research.
The Ministry of Human Resources Development, Govt. of India has adjudged CUSAT as an institution to be upgraded to the level of IIT. The first installment of the development aid has been received by the University during April 2006 and the modification works to upgrade CUSAT as the new breed Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) are going in full swing. The university has a 180 acre campus at Thrikkakara and a Lakeside campus at Kochi besides an Engineering College campus at Pulinkunnu, Alappuzha, the â€˜rice bowl of Kerala. The Lakeside campus located in Ernakulam houses the Schools of Marine Sciences, Industrial Fisheries and a Men s hostel. Located 15 km. north of Ernakulam city, the main campus at Thrikkakara houses Teaching and Research Departments, Auxiliary Institutions, Hostels, Guest houses, Visiting Faculty Complex, Coffee house, centre for Information Resource Management, University library, Post office, Bank, Health centre, Playgrounds, Courts and a Gymnasium besides the main Administrative Building that reminds of the traditional Kerala architecture.
Located 10 kms north of Ernakulam city and 20 kms south of Nedumbassery International Air port, on about 180 acres in Thrikkakara, the main campus is serene and beautiful. Rolling hills with patches of thick green and planted trees, plenty of fresh air and sunshine lift the spirits of students, staff and faculty. The main administrative block is built in traditional Kerala style with tiled roofs and is very functional. This main campus houses teaching and research departments, auxiliary institutions, hostels, guest house, visiting faculty complex, computer centre, administrative office, central library, staff quarters, post office, bank, health centre, telecom centre, play grounds and courts and a gymnasium. Another campus of university is located in Ernakulam, by the side of the sea, and houses School of Marine Sciences, School of Industrial Fisheries and men's hostel. Proximity to the sea and infrastructural facilities like a jetty, several sea-going vessels provide an environment and facilities essential for marine and related science studies.
Climate is humid with rainy season between June and October. Cottonware is preferred throughout the year. The temperature rises to 35 Degrees in summers and dips to 25 degrees in winter.For more information, visit: www.cusat.ac.in