CENTRE FOR INTEGRATED STUDIES


Opened in

2018

Located in

Main Campus,CUSAT

Thrikkakara

cis@cusat.ac.in
91-484-2862955

The Center for Integrated studies was established in 2018. It was started as part of a program called 'Vision 2020' which was aimed at establishing new centers of studies for starting new academic programmes suited for undergraduate education. In 2018, the 5 Year Integrated M. Sc. programme in Science was started with a view to attract young talented and motivated students to pursue education in science.

Vision
The Center aims at providing quality education to all students of the age group 18 -26, particularly to the marginalised sections of the society and their upliftment, while providing equal opportunity for the general community at large, through an integrated and holistic approach to teaching – learning process.
Mission
The Mission of the Center is to provide equal opportunity to all students of the society in gaining access to higher education, while they are young and believes that knowledge and information, in order to be fruitful, should lead to wisdom in each student and to transform into a better human being. The Center aims at inculcating a sense of scientific temper and inquisitiveness in the young minds so that they will develop a passion for searching for the new and the undiscovered beauty and dynamics of the Universe and to make the life of their fellow beings prosperous and peaceful.
Presently the Center for Integrated Studies (CIS) offers:
1. 5 Year Integrated M. Sc. (Biological Science, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics)
2. 2 Year M. Sc. Forensic Science
1. Integrated M. Sc. Programme
In the process of the fulfilment of the set objects of the Cochin University of Science and Technology, a Centre for Integrated Studies (CIS) was established in the year 2018 to offer 5 year Integrated Master’s Degree programme in Science subjects for imparting specialized education to the students on the completion of their +2 level of education.
The five year Integrated M.Sc. (I.M.Sc.) programme of the Cochin University of Science and Technology are non-professional courses. They are not merely integrated programs that combine pre-graduate and post-graduate studies, but are also trans-disciplinary, cutting across several disciplines.
The curriculum is common to all the disciplines for the first four semesters. Students with biology background at the +2 stage and who had left mathematics after the 10th class are expected to put in the required efforts to learn mathematics. Similarly, students who left biology at the +2 stage are expected to learn biology. Students of Science subjects require significant amount of Mathematics and Computation throughout the 5-Year programme. The University offers bridge courses in the first semester to facilitate this process. The students spend first two years of their programs at the CIS. The students are transferred to their parent Schools at the end of the fourth semester.
Admission
The Admission is based on the Common Admission Test conducted by the Cochin University of Science and Technology.
The present intake for the Integrated M. Sc. Program in Science is 75 (15 x 5). At the end of 2nd year, the students will move to their respective Departments based on the choice of their subject of preference. 15 +/- 3 Number of students will move to each Department. The allotment will be based on the SGPA obtained during the 4 Semesters. At the end of the 3rd Year, the students will be integrated with the M. Sc. courses conducted by the Departments of Mathematics, Statistics, Chemistry, Physics. Students who opt for Biological Science stream will be attached to the Department of Biotechnology. After the 3rd Year (6 Semesters), desirous students will have an option to exit the programme with a Bachelors Degree.
Participating Departments
The faculty members of the participating Departments are engaging the classes during the 10 Semesters. The CIS does not have any dedicated faculty for the Integrated M. Sc. programme.
The Participating Departments are:

  1. Department of Applied Chemistry
  2. Department of Biotechnology
  3. Department of Computer Science
  4. School of Environmental Studies
  5. Department of English and Foreign Languages
  6. Department of Hindi
  7. Department of Mathematics
  8. Department of Physics
  9. Department of Statistics

2.  Two Year M. Sc. Forensic Science
In 2020, Two Year M. Sc. Forensic Science Programme was started under CIS, with the active participation from the Kerala State Police Academy, Thrissur, based on a specific MOU and Forensic Science Laboratories in the State. The Course is conducted with the support from the faculty members attached with the Department of Applied Chemistry, Department of Biotechnology, Department of Computer Applications and the School of Legal Studies.
The Forensic Science Course
All advanced countries have modernised their science of criminal investigation utilizing the new methodologies of forensic science. In this respect, Forensic anthropology, Forensic archaeology, Forensic serology, Forensic psychology, Forensic linguistics, Forensic anthropology, Forensic computing or Digital forensics have gained much importance. The forensic scientists work in close quarter with the police to provide information in solving a case. White collar crimes are also being solved by forensic scientists. For students of younger generation with adventurous spirits, forensic sciences are producing opportunities galore. The main employment generating areas of students of forensic sciences are the police force, law enforcing agencies, legal systems and both government and private investigative offices. Specialization in various branches of forensic sciences like forensic anthropology, forensic archaeology, forensic serology, provides a candidate with a job in their fields of specialization.
The Course involves Bio-forensics, Chemo-forensics, Cyber-forensics and Legal-forensics, in addition to Forensic anthropology, Forensic archaeology, Forensic serology, Forensic psychology, Forensic linguistics and Forensic anthropology.
The students are provided with specialised training at the Kerala Police Academy, Thrissur, Forensic Science Laboratories in the Districts, Police Districts Head Quarters and the Chemical Examiners Laboratory.
Admission
The admission is based on the Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by CUSAT.
The present intake is 15+ 5 (Sponsored by the Kerala Police)
Faculty Members
Programme Coordinator: Dr. Suja Haridas, Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Chemistry

  1. Mrs. Annamma John, Director, Forensic Science Laboratory, Kerala (Rtd), Adjunct Faculty
  2. Dr. Praveen Kumar Yadav, Assistant Professor
  3. Dr. Aswathy Nair, Assistant Professor

Administration
The activities of the Center for Integrated Studies are coordinated by the Coordinator, with the active support from the Heads of the participating Departments.
Coordinator: Dr. K. Sreekumar, Professor, Department of Applied Chemistry
Contact: 0484-2862955; 0484-2862420
The administration of the Center is run by an independent office with sufficient number of office personnel.

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