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    CUSAT Hosted Ship For World Youth Japan Cultural Exchange Program

    CUSAT hosted the Ship for World Youth Japan Cultural Exchange program on 12 and 13 February in which a total of 300 delegates from 11 different countries came together to discuss global issues. The program was inaugurated by CUSAT Vice-Chancellor J Letha. Several students from CUSAT joined the discussions. NSS volunteers from CUSAT guided them throughout the whole program. Continue reading

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    Society expects a university’s intervention in crises: Governor

    Cusat Vice Chancellor J. Letha receiving the Chancellor’s Award for the Best University in Kerala from Governor P. Sathasivam and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday.

    Governor P. Sathasivam on Tuesday said society expected a university’s intervention in times of crises or need.

    He was talking after handing over the third Chancellor’s Award for the Best University in Kerala to the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) and the maiden Emerging Young University Award to the Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (KVASU) at the Cusat seminar hall.

    Invoking the case of Cyclone Ockhi recently, Mr. Sathasivam observed how people had questioned the efficiency of the State’s facilities for weather prediction during the natural disaster. He lamented how Cusat’s radar facility has little role in the process of prediction.

    “I think, institutions must take up such issues with the appropriate authority so as to enable themselves to carry out more meaningful extension activities that would connect them to people,” he said. He hoped that at least in next year each varsity in the State would have at least one journal with a greater impact factor.

    “Our academic activities should not be confined to the mere imparting of textual knowledge. University education must refine the character of students, thereby raising the intellectual tone of the entire society and even purifying the national taste,” the Governor said.

    Earlier, the Governor handed over the Chancellor’s Award for the Best University in the State to Cusat Vice Chancellor J. Letha, and KVASU Vice Chancellor in-charge Anil Xavier received the maiden Best Emerging Young University award. Twelve universities participated in the selection process.

    V.K. Ebrahimkunju, MLA, offered felicitations. Secretary to Governor Davendra Kumar Dhodawat welcomed the gathering and Ms. Letha proposed a vote of thanks.

    News Courtesy : The Hindu

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    CUSAT to receive Chancellor’s Award from Government next week

    Chancellor's Award. Photo source : canton.edu

    Governor P Sathasivam will present the third Chancellor’s Award to Cusat at the Raj Bhavan on January 16. The varsity was chosen for the prestigious award considering various parameters, including work discipline, timely publication of results and research works.

    CUSAT vice-chancellor J Letha told reporters here the credit for this goes to each and every person associated with the varsity.”After a proforma submission, a presentation was also given by vice-chancellors of each university on the respective merits before the final result came out,” she said.

    According to her, `140 crore out of the `243 crore sanctioned by Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIFBI) will be used to improve the lab facilities. The hostel infrastructure will also be renovated.
    P G Sankaran, pro vice-chancellor, said Cusat had submitted an application to the HRD Ministry for recognition as an Institution of Eminence and it is under the ministry’s consideration.

    He said shortage of faculty members has been a major concern of the varsity and this is being addressed now. With the help of the fund received through the Chancellor’s Award, plans are afoot to construct a new ladies’ hostel, he said.

    J Letha said from the coming academic year integrated BSc MSc and integrated MSc course in science will be started. A syllabus and style followed in top institutions like IISER will be followed for the integrated course, she said.

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    Heat of Election To Campus Suspension

    Photo : Sagar, EC, SOE, CUSAT

    The Vice-Chancellor of Cochin University of Science and Technology, J Letha has declared a suspension on regular classes and exams for both PG and UG students for an indefinite period. Yesterday campus witnessed a turmoil after the results of 2017-2018 Election to the General Council – Cochin University Union were declared.

    The revised dates for exams will be announced in subsequent dates. It is strictly directed towards all the students (except those who are domiciled outside Kerala) to vacate the hostels and leave the campus immediately).

    The waves of election frenzy have led to severe disturbance of tranquility across the campus. Many got injured and hurt severely in the process. Police was forced to interfere to reset the peace and order. Yet again commotions out of political rivalries are turning out to be a cliche, especially during the election hours.

    The suspension stays active until 18th December 2017, Monday as of now. There might have an extension in the period if found necessary.

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    Okhi Relief – Fundraising at CUSAT

    Okhi Relief. Picture Courtesy / smilemakers Facebook Page

    Natural disasters like floods, cyclones, drought and other traumatic ‘Natural’ events are extremely challenging for the people directly affected. The stress caused following a natural disaster can lead to physical, mental and emotional exhaustion. Some people will be able to manage the stress but for others it may be difficult to cope.
    The recent cyclone Okhi has caused a 500 crore lose in Lakshadweep.

    As a humble helping hand SmileMakers are organizing a Fundraising campaign at CUSAT on 13th and 14th December 2017.

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    CUSAT bags Chancellor’s award

    Chancellor's Award. Photo source : canton.edu

    Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) has bagged the Chancellor’s Award and Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (KVASU) has won the award for the Best Emerging Young University for 2016-17.

    The Raj Bhavan made the formal announcement of the awards here on Tuesday evening after Governor P. Sathasivam accepted the recommendation of the selection committee to confer the two awards on CUSAT and KVASU. CUSAT secured a score of 499.51 out of 750 marks.

    The CUSAT will get a cash prize of ₹5 crore.

    The selection under both the categories was based on the universities’ performance in broad components such as

    1. Academics
    2. Teaching and pedagogy methods
    3. Students’ profile and achievements
    4. Academic governance, and other achievements.

    The period of assessment for both the awards was from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017. Universities that have been in existence for less than 12 years were considered under the category of emerging young universities.

    Who all Applied?

    Twelve out of 13 universities in the State had submitted applications online for the awards. Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed University for Art & Culture did not participate in the contest. Of those who had submitted applications, the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean studies (KUFOS), Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (KVASU), Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University, Kerala University of Health Sciences (KUHS), and A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technological University were considered for the emerging young university award.

    An inspection team had visited all the 12 universities to verify the claims made in the application forms.

    The selection committee had Principal Secretary (Higher Education) Usha Titus as its chairperson. Kerala State Council of Science, Technology, and Environment (KSCSTE) executive director Suresh Das, Indian Institute of Management-Kozhikode (IIM-K) director-in-charge Kulbhushan Balooni, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) director V. Ramakrishnan, National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) Vice Chancellor Rose Varghese as its members and Davendra Kumar Dhodawat, secretary to Governor, as its convener.

     

    News Source : The Hindu

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    Mobile usage in Cochin University of Science and Technology restricted

    The Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) has “restricted” the use of mobile phones by students in the campus, invoking protests from student unions. Interestingly, the university order didn’t have any direct reference to mobile phones, but instead used the word ‘audio-video recording machines’.

    “We’ll stage a protest on Monday against the move which is questionable. They’ve earlier restricted social media. The sole purpose is to prevent airing of anti-student initiatives and harassments to outside world,” said Spokesperson from union.

    The move comes nearly a month after the university suspended three faculty members, including the Head of Marine Geology and Geophysics for “mentally harassing” a girl student. The latter, using her mobile phone, had recorded a video of her professors allegedly hurling bad words at her which resulted in the punitive action. “The decision was taken based on the incident. The Marine Geology department head had requested the measure on November three. Though the punitive action was meted out on November 17, the authorities fear the students could misuse their mobiles,” sources said.

    Earlier the Marine Geology department head had requested for acting citing that the “use of audio-video recording devices by students without permission…will question the morality of the department as well as the discipline maintained in the department”.

    “Considering the request, the Vice-Chancellor has ordered to restrict the audio/video recording devices by students without permission in all Departments,” reads the order issued by the Joint Registrar, Academics.

    News Courtesy: The Deccan Chronicles

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    Lecture on Leveraging Potential

    ISTD Student chapter CUSAT is organising a lecture on ‘Leveraging Potential’ Dr. Rajeshwari Narendran on 7th December 2017, 4.45 p.m. at SMS auditorium. Professor Dr. Rajeshwari Narendran of ML Sukhadia University, Udaipur and Andrew Towl scholar- Harward Business school are the invited dignitaries.

    Event Details:
    Lecture on ‘Leveraging Potential’
    By, Dr. Rajeshwari Narendran
    Date and Time: 7th December 2017, 4.45 p.m.
    Venue: S.M.S Auditorium, CUSAT

    For more details, contact
    Henry Bastian(Secretary, ISTD Students Chapter, CUSAT): 94005 45219

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    Three Cochin varsity teachers suspended

    Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) syndicate on Friday suspended three teachers, including the head of department of marine geology and geophysics, for allegedly mentally harassing a third-semester student.
    The suspended teachers are K Sajan, head of the department, and two assistant professors P Ajayakumar and Nisha N R.

    The action on the teachers was taken based on the fact-finding report of inquiry commission constituted by the vice chancellor. The syndicate decided to conduct a detailed inquiry into the matter by a woman judicial officer.

    According to the complainant, the students were asked to participate in a fest in IIT-Bombay. As the complainant was the only student who had submitted areport after completion of two months internship programme, the student group decided that her project would be submitted for the competition. She submitted an abstract of the report with the permission of the internship guide in Goa but was asked to withdraw the report by Ajayakumar, who allegedly threatened her. But she participated in the debate competition at the event. When she returned, Sajan served her a memo alleging she sent abstract without the permission of the supervising internship guide.

    Later, a five-member department council questioned the complainant and harassed her for nearly one-and-a-half hours. Besides she was made to write three internal exams on the same day on last Saturday.

    News Courtesy : Times of India

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    Techma 17: Film Festival

    DDU Kaushal Kendra in association with Department of Youth Welfare, CUSAT organising the film festival Techma 17 at DDU Kaushal Kendra (Computer Centre) from 23rd to 27th of October 2017. The fest will be inaugurated by CUSAT Pro. V.C. Dr. P. Sankaran on 23rd October at 5.00 p.m.

    Science and Technology related movies across various languages will be screened during the event.

    The entry for the event is open to all.
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