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    CUSAT fostering radar technology

    CUSAT Radar. Photograph by Varun Varier (@varunvarier) on Instagram.

    The Advanced Centre for Atmospheric Radar Research at CUSAT has been dedicated to the nation by Union Minister Harsh Vardhan on July 11.

    The Advanced Centre for Atmospheric Radar Research at the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), which operates the estimated ₹25-crore Advanced Centre for Atmospheric Radar Research (ACARR), is going global.

    In a major scientific collaboration, ACARR will join hands with the Swedish Institute of Physics, which operates the Moveable Atmospheric Radar for Antarctica (MARA ), a 54 MHz wind-profiler radar. The facility is used during summer expeditions in Antarctica.

    “Our radar is unique as it has around 619 elements that can be used for major research projects. We have plans to use both the radars to study measurements pertaining to atmospheric variations and to conduct research on the profiles of horizontal and vertical winds in both the regions. The main scientific objective is to study the coupling process between high and low latitude regions,” said ACARR Director K. Mohankumar.

    The centre is planning a joint initiative with the University of Kyoto in Japan, which currently operates a middle atmospheric wind profiler radar. The objective of the collaboration is to conduct studies on tropical dynamics.

    Dr. Mohankumar pointed out that ACARR would provide wind profiler data for the validation of the European Space Agency’s Aeolus satellite, which is expected to be launched in another two years.

    Researchers said the radar would play a key role in disaster management in the State. The facility will aid in the timely prediction of severe meteorological events. The State disaster management cell can use the information to augment their efforts during emergencies. Cusat’s radar will provide regional weather forecasts of severe meteorological events like thunderstorms. It will also give inputs for predicting natural disasters of meteorological origin from any other source.

    Meanwhile, work is in progress at the centre on understanding the dynamics of the southwest monsoon this year. Research is also on to utilise the wind profiler observations taken from the radar to enunciate an appropriate matrix for the prediction of the onset of the Indian summer monsoon. The data from the facility are also being used to understand the evolution of tropical thunderstorms that occurred in May this year.

    News : The Hindu | G. Krishnakumar

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    CUSAT to study groundwater situation at Paravur after Puttingal tragedy

    The Puttingal fire tragedy on April 10, 2016 at the Puttingal Temple in Paravur, Kollam, has inspired CUSAT’s School of Environmental Studies to conduct a study to know the groundwater contamination after the tragedy.

    CUSAT has invited applications for the post of project fellow in the ongoing project titled, “Fireworks accident at Puttingal Devi Temple, Paravur, Kerala on 10 th April 2016, and subsequent groundwater contamination: A Study of Groundwater Quality, Abatement and Mitigation” at School of Environmental Studies, CUSAT. The project fellow will be appointed for a period up to maximum 3 years.

    Anyone who has first class in MSc (Environmental Technology/ Environmental Chemistry/ Analytical Chemistry) can apply before July 12.
    About 111 people were killed and more than 350 were injured, including some with severe burns. The temple and at least 150 houses in the area of the temple were damaged by the blast. According to local reports and eyewitnesses, the explosion and fire were caused by sparks from a firecracker being used in a competitive fireworks display igniting fireworks in a concrete storehouse. The temple did not have permission from Kerala government authorities to conduct a “competitive fireworks display”. About 15,000 pilgrims were visiting the temple to mark local Hindu celebrations during the last day of a seven-day festival of the goddess Bhadrakali.

    News Source : Times of India / Preetu Nair

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    Book Publishing Course at CUSAT

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    Applications are invited for admission to ‘Certificate Course in Book Publishing’ jointly offered by the Cochin University and National Book Trust under Ministry of Human Resource Development.

    The course is scheduled from 19 thto 26th July for the graduates. Application form and details are available at www.nbtindia.gov.in / www.cusat.ac.in. Last date of receipt of application is 14th July 2017.

    News Source : Mathrubhumi

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    CUSAT enters joint venture for skill acquisition programmes

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    Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) has joined hands with Steel and Industrial Forgings Ltd. (SIFL), a public sector company, to launch academic and research programmes.

    The joint venture forms part of the varsity’s efforts to improve its linkages with the industry. The collaboration will focus on stepping up the skill levels of engineering professionals. The maiden programme will have its focus on skill acquisition.

    Senior varsity officials said an advanced training programme in CAD/CAM with internship was being offered to students who had completed M.Tech/B.Tech/Diploma in mechanical / production / automobile / industrial engineering. The duration of the programme is three months.

    The programme will consist of theory and practical sessions led by noted faculty members from Cusat and engineers and technicians from SIFL. Cusat will award certificates to candidates who successfully complete the courses. SIFL will issue internship certificates.

    The major highlights of the programme include advanced training in CAD / CAM; hands-on training in the use of CNC machines at SIFL (aerospace / heavy engineering industry); industrial exposure to aspirants; basic training in programming on CNC applications, and lectures by experts and professionals.

    Meanwhile, Cusat has plans to scale up its linkages with the industry, especially after the government okayed a proposal to set up an estimated ₹200-crore state-of-the-art research laboratory utilising funds mobilised through the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB). The proposed laboratory will be a common facility that will aid research in areas like physics, chemistry, and nanotechnology.

    Officials said the facility could cater to the research and development needs of chemical, engineering, and other industries in Kochi. The industrial units could avail the services offered by the laboratory and enter into agreements with the varsity for joint research programmes. The industry could carry out tests and other requirements by joining hands with experts on the campus, they said.

    Original News : The Hindu / Special Corrospondent

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    Water reservoir of CUSAT is Ready

    The water reservoir with heavy storage capacity of 3,36,00,000 litre of water capacity is over and ready for inauguration in the Cochin university of science and technology (CUSAT) campus.

    The water reservoir, made in 55 cents of land at a total expenditure of Rs 1,77,00,000 would meet 80 % of the total requirement of daily water consumption at the campus. “For the rest of 20 % water need, the university would take water from Kerala Water Authority,” said David Peter, registrar, CUSAT


    With this, the university expects a cut of Rs 0.75 crores in the non- plan expenditure. The present water resources in the campus are, a natural pond in front of department of Biotechnology, two wells near Athidhi Bhavan and 6 bore wells in an around. Daily requirement of water in the campus is 10 lakh of liters, according to Cusat’s engineering department. The newly built Cusat reservoir is funded by University Grants Commission (UGC) that is providing 85 % of the total expenditure.

    News : TNN | Preetu Nair


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    Postponement of the Examinations scheduled for 26th June 2017

    It is notified that:

    1. B.Tech IV Semester Examination, June 2017 scheduled to be conducted on 26th June 2017 in the School of Engineering, CUSAT, Cochin University College of Engineering, Kuttanad and other Recognized Institutions is postponed to 1st July 2017 (Saturday)”.
    2. B.Tech IV Semester Examination, May 2017 (2013 and prior to 2013 scheme) scheduled to be conducted in the Kunjali Marakkar School of Marine Engineering, CUSAT on 26th June 2017 is postponed to 27th June 2017 (Tuesday)”.

    There will not be any change in the timing and the centre of the examination.

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    Ph.D in Photonics at CUSAT: Entrance on June 20

    ISP CUSAT. source : http://ionskochi.osahost.org

    The Departmental Admission Test for Ph.D admissions in Photonics will be held on 20 June 2017 at the International School of Photonics, Cusat.

    However, the School of Engineering, Cusat will conduct Departmental Admission Test for Ph.D admissions for the year 2017-18 on 21 June 2017 at 10 am at the A block of SOE.

    • Applicants who have not received the hall tickets before 15th June may contact ‘A’ section, SOE, Ph: 0484- 2556187, informed  the Principal, SOE.

    Source : cusat.nic.in / mathrubhumi.com

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    Training on Mobile Robotics at CUSAT


    Applications are invited for admission to seven-day training programme on Mobile Robotics offered by the Department of Electronics, Cusat.

    The training programme is open to researchers and those who have a passion in Mobile Robotics. The programme is scheduled from 12 to 17 June.

    • Course fee for the programme is Rs. 7000/-.
    • For more information: http://imsl.cusat.ac.in,
    • Ph: 8078005407/ 0484- 2862325.

    Source : mathrubhumi.com

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    B.Tech Degree IV Semester Examination, June 2017 – Notification and timetable

    We are glad to let you know that the Notifications and Timetables of the following exams are out there,

    1. B.Tech Degree IV Semester Examination, June 2017 (Online registration for 2012 admission onwards)

    Start your preparations and score good. !

    Download the Timetables & Notifications

    1. B.Tech VII semester special supplementary exam, April 2016
      Notification | Timetable | http://cxpr.in/2s0JaXR


    Good Luck.

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    CUSATian ranked 13th in Civil Services exam

    Athul Janardhanan Photo Source : Facebook Profie

    Athul Janardhanan, An Alumnus of CUSAT has topped in the State at the Civil Services examination 2016 by securing the 13th rank.

    What a proud moment for all Cusatians! The results for the Civil Services Exam 2017 are out and all spotlights are on Athul Janardanan, a CUSAT alumni,who topped the Kerala rank list of the prestigious exam with an AIR of 13. Athul is a B.Tech Mechanical graduate from the School of Engineering, CUSAT of the 2011-2015 batch. He is the son of M.V. Janardhanan, a retired Army officer, and Latha Janardhanan, a homemaker. IFS being his first choice, he hopes “to make India proud by becoming an efficient diplomat and play a role in improving her relations with other nations.”, as said in an interview given to The Hindu.

    His stupendous achievement comes close at the heels after another Cusatian, Isha Priya a graduate from the CUCEK campus of CUSAT had secured the 75th rank in the exam last year.

    Read : CUSAT girl Scored AIR 75 in UPSC, that too on her first attempt

    The hardwork and determination put in by these Cusatians is indeed an inspiration to all of us to aim high and achieve the seemingly impossible. Hat’s off to Athul on realising his dream and may his breakthrough be the catalyst to achieve the dreams in each one of us.

    News Courtesy to The Hindu

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