ACHIEVEMENTS

CUSAT Faculty Wins SERB Research Grant Worth Rs.30 Lakh

Dr. Lathika Cicily Thomas, Assistant professor, Department of Marine Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry at Cochin University of Science and Technology has received a research grant of Rs.30 lakhs from Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), under the Start up research grant (SRG).  The grant  is sanctioned to study the influence of climate change on harmful algal blooms along the south west coast of India. The project aims to understand the cross links between the increased occurrence of harmful algal bloom events along the west coast of India with the changing climatic events and increased anthropogenic pollution. 



Cusat researcher wins Rs 2.03 crore Marie Curie fellowship to develop artificial electronic skin

Cochin University of Science and Technology Photonics Department Researcher Dr. Shijeesh MR has been awarded a Marie Skalodowska Curie Action Postdoctoral Fellowship worth Rs 2.03 crore for the fabrication of self-powered graphene transistor-based artificial electronic skin at the Technical University of Madrid, Spain. This is the most distinguished fellowship in the field of international research awarded by the European Commission to foster the creative and innovative ideas of doctoral researchers and to develop new technologies. For two years of academic research and over 6 months of industry-based research, Dr. Shijeesh has earned the right. This great achievement came from doing research with Dr.Saji K.J, Head of the International School of Photonics at Cochin University. A native of Iritty, Kannur, Shijeesh is the son of late Surendran and Vasantha. His wife Dr. Vinisha CV is engaged in postdoctoral research at the University of Grenoble Alpes, France.



CUSAT Awarded A+ In NAAC Re-accreditation


 

CUSAT Awarded A+ In NAAC Re-accreditation

 

Kochi: Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) has been awarded A+ by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), an autonomous body established by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to assess and accredit institutions of higher education in the country.

The re-accreditation result was declared on Tuesday, three days after the peer team visit from October 12 to 14.

The university has improved its score to 3.39 out of 4. Earlier, in 2016, NAAC had accredited CUSAT with an 'A' grade and a score of 3.09.

Vice Chancellor Dr K N Madhusoodanan expressed happiness over the improved grade, which, he said, is a result of collective, consistent and integrated efforts by the staff and students of the university.

The assessment is based on quantitative and qualitative analyses. A seven-member NAAC peer team had visited CUSAT recently for quantitative analysis.

Earlier this year, CUSAT had also improved the NIRF ranking among national universities from 44 to 41. The University had also won the prestigious Chancellor's Award for the Best University in the State thrice in the past four years. As many as 113 names from the university featured in the list of world's renowned scientists. The number of patents increased to 25 and h-index, the list of highly cited researchers, grew to 116 in numbers, making CUSAT one of the very few institutes in the country to cross the truly exceptional mark of 100 h-index. As many as 113 startups function in the university in different incubators. More than 8,500 students from 33 countries across the globe engage in academic and research activities in CUSAT.  


Creditable Performance By CUSAT in the QS World University Ranking: Sustainability 2024

    

 

Creditable Performance By CUSAT in the

QS World University Ranking: Sustainability 2024

Kochi: Cochin University of Science and Technology has made an entry into the top 1000 universities in the world in the recently released QS World University Ranking: Sustainability 2024. The university is participating in this ranking framework for the first time.

 The rankings are based on a methodology that comprises indicators that are designed to measure an institution's ability to tackle the world’s greatest environmental, social, and governance (ESG) challenges. CUSAT is ranked in the 921–940 bands in the world, 262nd in Asia, 29th in India, and 1st in Kerala among the world's premier universities that are leading the way in social and environmental sustainability. CUSAT has bagged commendable ranks in many subcategories as well. It is ranked 333 in the world, 9th in India in the governance category, 640 in the world, and 27th in India in the Environmental impact category.

 Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals have emerged as an important agenda for Governments as well as corporations. The iconic status Kerala enjoys on the global sustainable development map can be further enhanced using the critical developmental lever of ESG. Given the expertise of CUSAT in varied related disciplines, the university has ambitious plans to support research on policy, strategy, and operational aspects of ESG.

The ranking comes close on the heels of the announcement of establishing a centre of excellence in sustainability at CUSAT jointly with Geojit Financial Services Ltd. The centre, named GEOJIT CUSAT CENTRE OF SUSTAINABILITY STUDIES (GCCOSS)shall have six focus areas, namely research, academics, consulting, capacity building, innovation, and certifications. This year saw CUSAT scaling new heights, with the university ranked high among Indian universities: 37 in NIRF, 11 by India Today Group, and 24 by The Week.

The QS Ranking provides the world with a unique lens through which institutions are demonstrating a commitment to a more sustainable existence. More than just the commitment, it looks for outward evidence of this, from the impact that alumni are making in science and technology to solve climate issues to the impact of research being done across the UN's 17 sustainable development goals. It evaluates the social and environmental impact of universities both as a centre of education and research as well as a major employer with the operational sustainability challenges of any large and complex organisation.

 



22.05.2023 CUSAT grabbed DRDO- Academy Excellence Award 2020

22.05.2023

CUSAT grabbed DRDO- Academy Excellence Award 2020


Kochi: Cochin University of Science and Technology is selected for the prestigious Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Academy Excellence Awards for the year 2020 in the category of academic institutions. The award is given to an academic institution or team from academic institution for technology excellence of innovative nature related to Defence R&D. The collaborated work of CUSAT with Naval Physical Oceanography Laboratory (NPOL) in the key areas have been going on since decades.

 A six membered team lead by former Vice chancellor of CUSAT Prof. Dr. K N Madhusoodanan has brought this glory to CUSAT. Dr. Honey John, Professor, Department of Polymer Science and Rubber Technology, Hon. Director, Inter University Centre for Nanomaterials and Devices, & Coordinator of MHRD-DRDO Research fellowship scheme at CUSAT, Dr. K Girish Kumar, Professor, Department of Applied Chemistry, Dean Faculty of Science & Director IQAC, Dr. N. Kailasnath, Professor, International of Photonics, Dr. Madhu S Nair,  Professor, Department of Computer Science, Dr. V G Reju, Associate professor, Department of Instrumentation are the other members of the team.

This award is in recognition of the unparalleled contributions of the team to fill the technological research gaps of NPOL. To further strengthen the collaboration with NPOL and DRDO, CUSAT has signed MoU with NPOL and currently there are Ph.D scholars working under it directly.

 



CUSAT Granted Patent for Polymer Film For Electromagnetic Interference Shielding


 

           Dr MK Jayaraj                   Dr Jesna

  Cochin University of Science and Technology has been granted a patent for the invention of  ‘Free Standing Polymer Composite Film For Electromagnetic Interference Shielding And Process For Preparation Thereof’. Microelectronics Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.

             The patent was granted to Dr. M. K. Jayaraj, Vice Chancellor, University of Calicut and former Professor and Head, Department of Physics, CUSAT, and Dr. Jasna M, MSCA Post-doctoral fellow, University of Oulu Finland.

  The invention is directed to an electromagnetic interference shielding composite and a free standing electromagnetic interference shielding film produced thereof. The film provides an electromagnetic interference shielding composite being lightweight, flexible, economic, and ease in processing than metal based composites. The high performance EMI flexible shield could be used for high frequency electronic devices to protect their components from incoming radiations induced by other electronic devices. This light weight and flexible EMI shield can be used in radar application, wireless communications, etc. to provide shielding from other unwanted signals.



CUSAT Asst. Professor to participate in SPARC General Assembly in USA


 


 Dr Madhu V., Asst. Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, CUSAT has been invited  to attend the 7th SPARC General Assembly, which will be held at NCAR/UCAR in Boulder, USA, from 24 to 28 October 2022.

Dr Madhu  will present the topic ‘Air pollution in metropolitan cities of India’, in the conference.

            Dr. Madhu will present the study report prepared by the Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Laboratory (ACPL), headed by himself, with the help of  reports of the Central Pollution Control Board of India, for the period 2015-2022.. Dr. Madhu has presented papers in the  public meetings held in Italy (2008), New Zealand (2014) and Japan (2018). The 7th General Assembly of SPARC: ‘Stratosphere- Troposphere Processes and their Role in Climate’, is a core project of the World ClimateResearch Programme. The project will bring together a large community of scientists from all over the world. 



03.10.2022 CUSAT installs water-level monitoring system in the Cochin Estuary


 

 A radar tide-gauge for monitoring the water-level variability has been installed by the researchers of Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), in the Cochin estuary. The system will measure real-time data on water-level variability every one minute and transmit the data instantaneously. The project was done with the help of  a KIIFB grant given to CUSAT.

          ‘The real-time retrieval of data’ was inaugurated by Vice Chancellor Dr. K.N. Madhusoodanan. The installation of the system was led by Dr. R. Sajeev, HoD and Dr. V. Vijith, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Oceanography, CUSAT.

            The system's intended use includes predicting changes in sea level caused by sea-level variability arising from storm surges, harbour oscillations, coastally-propagating waves, inverse barometric effects due to atmospheric pressure fluctuations and tsunamis. The very high-resolution water-level data will help study the variability of the estuary and can be used to validate computer models used for predictions.



26.09.2022 CUSAT PHYSICS DEPARTMENT GETS 55 LAKHS RESEARCH GRANT

   Dr. Vineeth Mohanan. P  Dr. Prasad VV 



Kochi: Department of Physics, Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) will get 55 Lakhs as research grant  from the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), under the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.

          Physics Assistant Professors Dr. Vineeth Mohanan. P and  Dr. Prasad VV received the approval for the start-up research grant from SERB, for a duration of two years. Dr. Vineeth Mohanan received an amount of Rs. 33 Lakhs for the experimental studies of magnetic materials and Dr. Prasad received Rs. 22 Lakhs for the theoretical studies on soft matter  aggregation. The grant amount can be utilised for human resources and for the purchase of research equipment. Along with the project, a separate amount will be allocated by SERB for conducting scientific programs for the benefit of society.



CUSAT Assoc. Professor Dr. Mini Sekharan selected as Expert in NlTI AYOG Project

                                       Dr Mini Sekharan,

 Dr Mini Sekharan, Associate Professor  at the School of Industrial Fisheries, Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), has been selected as expert in developing an action plan for tuna fish value chain in Lakshadweep. The tuna fish value chain is an important part of the Lakshadweep economy and its development is a key priority for NlTl Aayog.

          Dr. Mini Sekharan is the marketing consultant of Kerala Aqua Ventures International Ltd (KAVIL), a Government of Kerala Undertaking. She is also the international marketing consultant of Ornamental Fish International (OFI). She has been associated with several international projects and consultancies in sector development for a decade. Her selection is a proud recognition for CUSAT, said Vice Chancellor Dr. K.N. Madhusoodanan



CUSAT Granted Rs 20 cr for Translational Research Centre

 



 

The Kerala Government has granted Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) Rs 20 crore from KIIFB fund to set up a Translational Research Centre on the campus. 

              The proposed CUSAT Translational Research and Incubation Centre will play a major role in translating the fruits of academic research in the university to products and services beneficial to society. In the first phase, translational research facilities will be set up in five domains -- bio and life sciences, material sciences, sensor technology, electronic product design and Artificial intelligence and machine learning.  The 30,000 sq ft building will be equipped with common amenities and a start up space too. 

               In the second phase, a 50,000 sq ft building will provide translational facilities in the domains of agritech, fintech, transportation and mobility, medical technology and climate studies. The centre is expected to be financially-self sustaining within three years of launch.

              In the 2022-23 Budget, the state government had earmarked Rs 20 Crore each for various universities to set up Translational Research centers. 



CUSAT Granted Rs 20 cr for Translational Research Centre

 


 

Kochi: The Kerala Government has granted Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) Rs 20 crore from KIIFB fund to set up a Translational Research Centre on the campus. 

              The proposed CUSAT Translational Research and Incubation Centre will play a major role in translating the fruits of academic research in the university to products and services beneficial to society. In the first phase, translational research facilities will be set up in five domains -- bio and life sciences, material sciences, sensor technology, electronic product design and Artificial intelligence and machine learning.  The 30,000 sq ft building will be equipped with common amenities and a start up space too. 

               In the second phase, a 50,000 sq ft building will provide translational facilities in the domains of agritech, fintech, transportation and mobility, medical technology and climate studies. The centre is expected to be financially-self sustaining within three years of launch.

              In the 2022-23 Budget, the state government had earmarked Rs 20 Crore each for various universities to set up Translational Research centers. 



CUSAT to forge academic partnerships with 8 Russian universities