Central government has sought opinion from other departments on a proposal to convert Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) into a leading science education and research institute under the Central government.
“The Central government has sought opinion from other ministries on the proposal to take CUSAT as an Indian Institute for Education, Science and Research (IIESR). Once the suggestions and recommendations from other departments is collected, the proposal will be placed before the cabinet for final approval”, said a Cusat official pursuing the matter with the Centre.
Recently, Union minister of state for Human Resources Development Shashi Tharoor, had said, “The initial procedures for making CUSAT at IIESR have been started by HRD. It is a long procedure including working out of financial liabilities and finally it will be placed before Parliament and required to be passed by Cabinet”.
Kerala government had long back submitted a proposal to the Centre to take up CUSAT as an Indian Institute for Education, Science and Research, rather than as a Central university. Cusat officials believe that once they are declared IIESR they will have more autonomy and better opportunity for conducting research.