CUSAT being the first university to use steel straws in Canteens

Canteens of Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) will use Steel straws instead of plastic ones from today onwards as a step towards preserving the environment and promoting the end of Single-Use Plastic. With this step, CUSAT will be the first university in India to use steel straws in canteens.

Steel straws in CUSAT 2 Smilemakers
Steel straws in CUSAT / Photo Courtesy : Smilemakers


This move has been initiated by SmileMakers, an NGO controlled by students of CUSAT who achieved this strong success after 2 months of continuous hard work. It was also achieved by the support of the canteen owners who also supported the move. The damage caused by throwing out the used plastic straws can be avoided by using these steel straws.


Smilemakers when approached the canteen manager was promised if any alternative measures are taken they will seize the use of plastic straws. After a brief internet search, they found the alternative steel straws priced at 27 INR per piece and ordered 200 from China.

Canteens of Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) will use Steel straws instead of plastic ones from today onwards as a step towards preserving the environment and promoting the end of Single Use Plastic. With this step, CUSAT will be the first university in India to use steel straws in canteens.
Steel straws in CUSAT / Photo Courtesy : Smilemakers


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Kashmiri students in CUSAT borrow to make ends meet

The tough climate in Kashmir is hitting the majority of Kashmiri students at Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) hard as they are being forced to borrow money from friends in Kerala for their living. The students complain that in the wake of the communication logjam after the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A, they are not able to contact their parents, relatives or friends in the home state and are not able to get financial support also.

There are over 30 students from Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions put together in the main campus, lakeside campus and Kuttanad campus put together, according to Sopore native Athar Hussain Malla, who is a BTech 6th semester student in Computer Engineering at School of Engineering on the main campus.

“Now I am left with Rs 1000 from the money that I borrowed after the money in my account exhausted. I am not able to contact my parents or any relatives or friends to get money. I don’t know what to do after this too get exhausted. I need Rs 5000 a month for sustenance and it’s a precarious situation if things continue like this back home,” said Athar Hussain Mulla.

“In my knowledge, some eight students in Cusat campuses from the Kashmir region are facing the financial crunch due to heavy restrictions. The rest are from either Jammu or Ladakh and there are no big restrictions in those regions and hence they don’t face a problem,” said Athar Hussain Mulla.

Mudasar Amin, BTech Civil sixth semester student on the Kuttanad campus, who also hails from Sopore, said that his family members are incommunicado and he is also surviving on the financial support of Malayali friends here. “I am planning to go home during Onam vacation in a bid to get out of the tough situation,” he said.

Ubaid Yousuf, first-year BTech Electrical and Electronics of School of Engineering, said that he is worried about the well-being of the family back home.

“Whether they are getting food or not, whether they are harmed or not, we are really concerned,” said Ubaid, hailing from Budgam district. He said that he has only the money left for one month. “If communications systems are not established by then, I will be forced to go home as there is no other option left. Many other students are also planning the same,” he said.

Harjeet Singh, BTech IT student from Jammu said that he is able to contact family members and is getting money also but the internet is down in the region.


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FRNV launches Kochi chapter at CUSAT

The student’s chapter of Foundation for Restoration of National Values (FRNV), of which E Sreedharan, principal advisor, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is the founder president was formally inaugurated at the School of Engineering, Cochin University of Science and Technology on Monday. Twenty-eight students drawn from seven disciplines of engineering and representing each academic year have volunteered to form the core group. One of the professors will be designated as Patron of the Chapter.

The prime aim of the students’ chapter is to instill the eternal values of nationhood among the young and make them responsible citizens of the country. They will thus become role models for their peers by practising exceptional ethical values towards the community. “FRNV students will undertake community services within the campus such as cleaning, gardening etc and will promote fellowship and brotherhood.

They will further observe strict discipline on the university premises, respect faculty, senior citizens and show empathy to the less fortunate students. In short, they will be role models within the campus for other students to emulate,” said one of the office-bearers of FRNV. The first university to start the students’ chapter of FRNV was Amity University, Noida, New Delhi.

Courtesy : The New Indian Express

Japan Internship Programs are now Open

There are 200 positions for internship to those who are overseas professional and willing to work in Japan. Japan is a clean and authentic place where you can get to work and develop yourself at the same time.


Foreign candidates from OECD/DAC-listed countries except China, Cambodian applicants are included

Where is the Internship Applicable.

Private-sector companies, industry associations, and non-profit corporations in Japan

Internship support:

  • Allowance: 4,000 yen per day for living expenses. This amount will be paid for the entire duration of the internship
  • Round-trip economy class air ticket, travel insurance.
  • Internship insurance
  • Transportation and accommodation expenses associated with training program.
  • Number of available position: 200


To be eligible, you need to:

  • Hold citizenship of an eligible country or region.
  • Obtain proficiency in Japanese language (JLPT level N3 or higher) or proficiency in English
    be at least 20 years of age and not older than 40 as of June 14, 2019
  • Be able to submit a school or university enrolment or graduation certificate and a letter of recommendation from the (enrolled/graduated) university or company
  • How to apply: online

Application period

April to middle of June, 2019

How to apply

Apply here :


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Products of student startups a big hit

Student startups at the Centre for Innovation Technology Transfer and Industrial Collaboration (CITTIC), CUSAT have been bringing accolades to the department. Many of their products are sought after by defense services, police and forest department.

Ship Technology Industrial Consultancy (STICON) a startup. marine and naval architecture, claims to be the first student startup to design a passenger vessel for Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Advanced spray coating machine developed by startup SprayPY used by defense personnel in coating wearable and helmets.Start-up Artificial genre Research and Development (AIRND) developed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems and drones, which are used for post-flood mapping in Pathanamthitta and discussions are on for their use in defense surveillance.

STICON is the first student startup to design and develop a passenger vessel of IR (Indian Register of Shipping) class with a capacity of 50 Passengers.Design is complete and it will be handed over to our customer in Andaman and Nicobar islands with government approval.” said Anish Kumar, who has recently completed his Btech in naval architecture at CUSAT.The startup has also developed a fast craft for adventure sea trips, which is in operation at Cherai.

“We expect more support from the government and industry to scale up our innovations at commercial level,” he said.

SprayPy founder Sreekumar R, who completed his MTech and PhD in materiel sciences at CUSAT, initially developed a prototype and then developed an advanced spray coating machine.

“It uses spray pyrolysis method for coating thin films of compound semiconductors,mettal oxides, nanoparticles and polymers to reduce oxidation and defects,” Sreekumar said.

Thls startup obtained space for its unit and a seed fud of Rs. 5 lakh from Maker Village at Kalamassery and Rs 12 lakh from the Kerala Startup Mission.

“This advanced spray coating on nano-particles can be used for safety of defence personnel by using them in wearables such as their clothes, helmets and goggles. It also finds application on smart windows as heat reflectors and protectors. We have application for a patent and are awaiting that,” Sreekumar said.The startup has already obtained four confirmed orders for Its advanced spray coater from universities and research institutions including DRDO, defense bio-engineering and electro-medical lab, MG University and Government College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram.

Startup AIRND, which focuses on Unmanned Aerial Systems(UAS) and future 5G wireless communication systems has got space to set up a unit called AI Aeronautics at the Maker Village. “We have developed three UAV versions, of which one can lift 1 kg payload, other 7 kg payload and the third one 25 kg payload,” said AIRND founder Rubin Ray, who did MTech in wireless tech at CUSAT. Vishnu V Nath, an MTech graduate In robotics at CUSAT was also part of’ the project that began in 2013.

CUSAT proposal to curb fake news gets HRD ministry’s nod

In order to curb spread of fake news and track groups generating them, the Cochin University of Science and Technology’s (Cusat) department of computer science and technology is developing an automated system that can judge the veracity of online stories.

CUSAT is set to join hands with few noted universities across the world, including Queens University in Britain and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore for the project.

A proposal submitted by Cusat professor G Santhosh and Tanmoy Chakraborty, associate professor at Delhi-based the Indraprastha Institute to detect such groups has been approved by the Union ministry of human resources development, which has cleared Rs 53 lakh for it under the Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration.

“We will develop machine-learning models to catch patterns, which can differentiate fake news from legitimate ones. We will also try to detect groups colluding in fake news generation,” Santhosh said.

The research will consider improving the state-of-the-art models in identifying misinformation based on text, image and multimedia contents, identifying tell-tale patterns of collusion within the context of fake news and leveraging such collusive patterns to enhance fake news detection.

In addition to improving fake news detection, the project will help advance research in fake news analytics in characterizing and exploiting collusive behaviour towards improving fake news detection, he said.


Source : The Times of India

CUSAT engineer develops robot for underwater studies

An electronics engineer from Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) has developed a robot which has applications in underwater research and search and rescue operations.

It can also be used in water quality monitoring based on Internet of Things, military and naval operations and flood and disaster management.

P.M. Jagadees developed this demonstrable prototype of Internet of Things-enabled and remotely-operated autonomous underwater vehicle (RAUV) as part of his final-year M.Tech thesis guided by Dr. M. Rajesh, scientist of National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), Kozhikode.

RAUV, which has wireless technology with camera, uses video processing to observe and monitor subaqueous nature with less human interventions.

The major advantage of the design is that it is fully solar-powered, Internet of Things-enabled, low cost and can provide video streaming which can be accessed from anywhere in the world with the help of a laptop or smart phone.

The working of the prototype depends on the motor speed. The pressure variation in this design will not affect the module because water flows inside the frame easily so that the pressure of water inside and outside remains the same.

“I developed the prototype to fulfil my dream to make an IoT-enabled underwater vehicle. A similar prototype has not been developed in India because it is a great risk to do research in this area,” said, Jagadees.

The prototype was presented at the first International Conference on Unmanned Ariel System in Geomatics 2019 organised by IIT Roorkee. Enquiries for it came from different government and private agencies, including Border Security Force, NIIT Rajasthan, Indian Flying Lab, We Robotics, Hirakud Dam Agency, Orissa etc.

“This model is hybrid and we are planning to upgrade it with more versatile features” said M.Rajesh.

Jagadees, a Red Cross volunteer, said the different Red Cross classes he attended motivated him to develop such a prototype. He is also planning to hand over a well-developed robot to the Indian Red Cross Society.

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CUSAT to get new VC in three months

A search committee has been formed to select the new Cusat VC, with B Ekbal, former Kerala University VC as Cusat nominee; M Jagadesh Kumar, VC of JNU as UGC nominee, and Chief Secretary Tom Jose as government nominee.

According to R Sasidharan, VC in-charge of Cusat, the selection process will take around three months.

“The committee has to convene a meet and issue a notification inviting applications. This will take at least a month. The screening of the applicants and the final selection process will take another two months. But the new VC will be appointed in three months. It won’t take more time than that,” he said. Sasidharan, who assumed charge as the VC in-charge on Saturday, said, “My immediate job is to ensure the status quo is maintained. We have to keep up the grades the university has achieved since we are in contention for the Chancellor’s Award.”

Taking up the development programmes launched by former VC J Letha, as part of making the varsity a centre of excellence, will be the priority for Sasidharan.”I am just a caretaker. My job is to ensure the university runs smoothly without any hiccups, during the time taken for the selection of the new VC,” he said.


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CUSAT students continue with #trashtag challenge

On the lines of the global #trashtag challenge, students of Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) in Ernakulam continue with the challenge to clean up plastic waste from the surroundings of Cusat campus.
The drive was started by a group of 20 students representing all departments, including Cusat School of Engineering, applied economics and instrumentation, on their campus on March 16.

The global #trashtag challenge, that began in the US in 2015, has gone viral this year.

“We have collected waste such as plastic bottles, covers, diapers and sanitary pads dumped on the campus premises by outsiders. The move would encourage other students and colleges to take up the challenge,” said Ramees Rahman M, a research scholar at the department of applied economics at Cusat, who leads the campaign.

The trashtag challenge inspires participants to clean up their surroundings and post pictures before and after cleaning the area.

To collect plastic waste around the campus, gloves, masks and brooms were provided by the university authorities. The students were planning to extend the initiative and have sought the help of Kochi corporation to install trashcans behind the campus, he said.

Article Courtesy : Times of India

WSC recognises inspiring womens, WOW – Women Of Will

As a part of Women’s Day Celebration 2019, Women’s Studies Centre (WSC) CUSAT is organizing the event “WOW – Women Of Will” scheduled on 7th of March 2019 at SMS auditorium, CUSAT. Malayalam film actress and theater artist Pauly Valsan will be the chief guest.

WSC honors the following incredible women who have done their part in the realization of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

1. Rekha Karthikeyan – Kerala’s only licensed fisherwomen.
2. Liza Joy – Watch mechanic for the past four and a half decades.
3. Haritha K K – First Indian lady becoming a mate of the fishing vessel,
4. Daya Gayathri – Transgender postgraduate student.
5. Sheeja Prakashan- Auto driver and Chenda artist.

Event: WOW – Women Of Will
Organiser: Women’s Studies Centre, CUSAT
Date and place: 7th March 2019, SMS auditorium CUSAT

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