What problems do North Indian students face at the CUSAT?

To be very frank CUSAT is not the place for the losers, the ones who doesn’t give a fight and the ones who are always comfortable in finding out why not to do a thing. I may sound a little rude, but thats what I experienced in my four years as a Northy guy in CUSAT. First of all let me clarify that CUSAT is an awesome campus, Kerala is one of the best states in India and Malyalis are really down-to-earth and helpful people. There are many other positives too, which I will be writing in some other article, but here I will focus mainly on the difficulties that a regular Northy guy faces in CUSAT.

1) Unfamiliar Language which is difficult to understand and almost impossible to learn:

Malayalam as a language is difficult to understand and I would say almost impossible to learn for the Northys and this is the single biggest problem a North Indian faces in CUSAT. From the jokes your classmates will crack in Malayalam to the doubts of the local students your teachers will be solving in Malyalam, as a northy you will always find yourself in an awkward situation, guessing things like a fool. But there isn’t much to worry about, your Malayali batchmates will be helpful, supportive and more than willing to explain things to you in English and even in Hindi (if they know Hindi).

2) Totally new culture and people with very different mindsets:

Kerala’s culture is what CUSAT follows. Don’t be in an illusion that since Kochi is a metro, you will escape typical Kerala culture. Yes Kochi is a metro when it comes to infrastructure, transport or mall culture, but you won’t be able to escape the typical Kerala culture atleast in Campus:

Girls will be seen nowhere in campus after its dark on regular days.

You wont generally find girls in western dresses moving freely in campus as is the case in DU, DTU, JNU or other North Indian campuses.(May be they feel that they will be judged wrongly if they do so as the culture doesn’t permit or the more cultured south indian girls will single them out.)

Guys in traditional Kerala Munds can easily be seen in official buildings.

One thing I really admire about Kerala and CUSAT is that the people here won’t judge you by the brand of jeans or shoes you are wearing,as is the case in North India most of the time. Local CUSATians take much pride in their Kerala culture and you should not have any problem with that. You will slowly realise that metros in North India have been westernised to such extent that we are not even appreciating the positives in our culture. You should learn from Keralites, how to appreciate your own culture.

3) No frequent home visits

Kerelites in CUSAT will be visiting their homes every time they get 2-3 days leave, sometimes even clubing bunks with weekends and going home, but you will have to wait, wait and wait patiently till the semester ends, and you get a leave longer enough to pay your parents and relatives a visit. But this is not that big a problem if you have a good group of friends and you love travelling and touring. Kerala do have many awesome natural heavens and hill stations to visit.

4) No Say in Campus Politics:

Northys have almost no say in campus politics in CUSAT, may be because of the different language and culture, or may be because many are disinterested in politics as they are very far away from their home. This hugely suppresses the genuine voices of the Northys in campus, and most of the organisational and administrative roles for various events and programs of the University are assigned to locals without even consulting the northys.

Note: The views expressed above are totally based on my experince and ought to differ person to person.

Workshop on Machine Learning

Machine learning models provide a fast and flexible way to build predictive models of the world. Democratic Alliance for Knowledge Freedom (DAKF) and Department of Computer Applications, Cochin University of Science and Technology are jointly organizing a three days residential workshop on Machine Learning during 22-24 June 2018. The workshop which will take place in the academic environment of a Science and Technology University will be comprised of hands on sessions, interactive lectures and a group project.

Resource Persons

  • Mr. Y. Kiran Chandra, General Secretary, Free Software Movement of India.
  • Dr. Santhosh Kumar G. Professor & Head, Department of Computer Science, Cochin University of Science and Technology.
  • Dr. Kannan Balakrishnan, Head of the Department, Department of Computer Applications, Cochin University of Science and Technology.
  • Dr. Madhu S Nair, Department of Computer Science, School of Engineering, Cochin University of Science and Technology.
  • Dr. Judy M V, MCA, Department of Computer Applications, Cochin University of Science and Technology.
  • Mr. Sivahari Nandakumar, Senior Engineer, Keltron.
  • Mr. Jono P John, Researcher and Data Scientist.
  • Ms. Ditty Mathew, Research Fellow, IIT, Chennai.

Who can apply?
Any interested persons with working knowledge in computers.

Event Name: Workshop on Machine


Event Date: 22-24 June, 2018
Register Before: 16th June 2018, 2.00


To register, click here: Register

For more details call: 9446772664 | 9061155759

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Ihjas Aslam, A CUSAT Alumnus scored 536th Rank in Civil Service Exams

When the civil services examination results were out on Friday evening, Ihjas Aslam C S an Alumnus of SOE CUSAT was Ranked 536th in All India Ranking.

Ihjas studied Mechanical Engineering in 2006-2010th batch at SOE CUSAT.

Congratulations Ihjas. We are proud of you.

Also on Read : CUSATian ranked 181 in Civil Service exam

Thanks to Shiva Prasad S for the News.

CUSATian ranked 181 in Civil Service exam

Results of Civil Services Exam 2018 are out and all, Abhijith R Shankar, a CUSAT alumnus has secured 181 Rank in the Civil Service Examination. Abhijit is a B.Tech Electronics and Communications graduate from the School of Engineering, CUSAT of the 2011-2015 batch.

By scoring 181st rank Abhijith came 8th in State.

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

Revised dates of B.Tech degree 6th Semester examination

The B.Tech Degree VI Semester examination, April 2018 (2006 and 2012 Scheme, Subject : 603/1603) of School of Engineering CUSAT & Cochin Univeristy College of Engineering, Kuttanad and other recognised colleges/institutions which was scheduled for 09.04.2018 will be conducted on 28.04.2018 (Saturday).
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Cochin University Ranked in country’s top 100 institutions

The Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) with a rank of 99 finds itself among the top 100 institutions in the country. It has also improved its position among the universities in the ranking by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) of the Ministry of Human Resource Development from 86 in 2017 to 69 this year.

The ministry, which released the rankings on Tuesday, prepares the list on the basis of teaching, learning and resources, research and professional practices, graduation outcomes, outreach and inclusivity, and perception.

“Now our aim is to be among the top 50 institutions in the country. Our effort at faculty recruitment has yielded results and improved our performance in terms of publications, patents and projects besides better student-teacher ratio,” said CUSAT Vice –chancellor J Letha.

  • CUSAT in 2016-17 has got two patents and earned Rs 23,50,000 from it.
  • They have earned another Rs 84,17,975 through consultation projects. The university this year bagged the Chancellor’s Award for 2016-17.
  • CUSAT  secured a score of 499.51 out of 750 marks and received a cash prize of Rs 5 crore.4


CUSAT has already submitted a proposal to the Centre to convert the university into an institution of eminence. If approved, the university will receive Rs1,000 cr that will be spent on developmental activities. CUSAT also plans to start five-year integrated courses in science from next academic year. With this, CUSAT will become the first university in the state to move ahead in this direction.

However, CUSAT stood behind Kerala University (30) and Mahatma Gandhi University (34) in 2018.


News Courtesy: The Hindu & The Times of India

End-semester exams (02/04/18) of the University are postponed

All UG/PG Examinations of CUSAT scheduled to be held on 02.04.2018 are postponed.

The B.Tech VIII semester (2008 & 2012 schemes) of SOE, CUCEK and other recognized Colleges/Institutions will be conducted on 12.04.2018. The IV semester exam (2006 & 2012 schemes only) scheduled on 12.04.2018 is postponed to 21.04.2018.

There is no change in the other examinations scheduled. The revised date of the other examinations will be informed later.

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CUSAT Youth Fest: ‘Sargam 2018’ to mark the end of an era

‘Sargam 2018’, the CUSAT Youth Festival, scheduled to get under way here on Thursday, will be the varsity’s last youth festival featuring contestants from all the 32 colleges under the varsity. Starting next year, 22 of these colleges now affiliated to CUSAT will become part of the Kerala Technical University (KTU).

“We cannot ensure participation on such a massive scale under the circumstances and will be bidding farewell to such a large stage where talents were given opportunities. There will be no new additions, no changes and the end of ‘Sargam’ will mark the end of an era,” the organizers said in a release.

‘Sargam 2018’, the five-day youth festival of CUSAT, will see off-stage competitions on the first two days, and the remaining three days will have on-stage competitions. There will be around 4,000 participants vying for honors in 68 event. The main venue is the open air auditorium on CUSAT campus and other department halls will serve as other stages. The youth festival will conclude on March 19. CUSAT V-C J Letha had launched ‘Sargam 2018’s official logo on March 9.

News Courtesy: The Times of India

CUSAT Film Club Inauguration and Workshop

The CUSAT Students Union Film Club 2017-18 is scheduled to be inaugurated on March 5th, 4p.m. at Hindi department auditorium. Screening of a movie is also planned.
Students union also conducting a workshop on acting and film screenplay writing scheduled to happen on 6th March 2018. Interested students can participate in this workshop. Continue reading “CUSAT Film Club Inauguration and Workshop”

A motivational session on “Power of Purpose”

ISTD Students chapter CUSAT organizes a motivational session on “Power of Purpose” on Thursday, 22nd February 2018 from 3:30 pm to 5:30pm at PSRT Auditorium . The session will be handled by Dr. Ushy Mohan Das (The Michael Schumacher of Communications, The Iron Lady,
Dr. Tongue Fu)

Event Name: A motivational session on “Power of Purpose” by Ushy Mohan Das
Date: Thursday, 22nd February 2018
Time: 3:30 pm to 5:30pm
Venue: PSRT Auditorium, CUSAT

Henry Bastian C (Secretary, ISTD Students chapter, Cusat)
95440 09868
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