|University Librarian: Dr. C.V. Rajan Pillai|
|Cochin University Library was established in
1977 as a central agency for meeting the information
requirements of the academic community of the Cochin
University of Science and Technology. The functions of
the Cochin University Library include collection,
organization and dissemination of information. It has
built up a balanced land-rich collection of the valuable
books, doctoral these, back volumes of periodicals,
technical reports, conference, proceedings, and patents.
Documents on Science and Technology subjects constitute a
major share of its collections. It subscribes to more
than 200 Indian and Foreign journals, including indexing
and abstracting periodicals. Services include book
lending, inter library loan; literature search,
compilation of bibiliography, conference information,
patent inspection, reference and consultancy. The
Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Govt. of
India, has extended support for modernization of the
University Library (Rs. 1 million). Besides all the
traditional functions. The library provides computerized
information services too.
CDS/ISSIS : It is a data base management system supplied by UNESCO and popularly used for bibliography control and management of library collections such as books, journals and patents. The library has created a local data base using CDS/ISIS software aimed to store and disseminate bibliographic data elements of documents available in the library. The library has also created a database for membership, academic programmes, and serial control.
CURRENT CONTENT SEARCH AND RETRIEVAL SERVICES : The library has introduced Current Content Search and retrieval Services from second week of March 1993. Organization of this service enables the University Library to support the teaching and research programmes of the University more effectively and efficiently. The following current contents on diskettes with abstracts, are regularly received in the Library : (a) Agriculure, Biology and Environmental Science; (b) Physical, Chemical and Earth Sciences; (c) Engineering, Technology and Applied Sciences ; (d) Life Sciences.
INFLIBNET : Cochin University Library is actively participating in Information Library Netwrok Programme of the University Grants Commission. INFLIBNET is very essential to scholoars and researchers working in institutions located in far of places to have access to information. It also provides an opportunity to University Libraries to modernize their library operations. The library has already created a database for serials as per the guidelines provided by the INFLIBNET.
|STUDENTS WELFARE DIVISION|
|Director : Sri. Austin Joseph|
|This division is primarily meant to cater to
the general welfare of all the students of the
University. Newspaper and magazines are made availabe to
the hostel inmates. The University has a very active
Students Union, whose representatives are included in
various bodies of the University like the Senate and
Academic Council. Student Committees are also formed for
the smooth running of the various hostels. The University
Union conducts various activities such as Arts Festivals,
Sports Festivals, Cultural Programmes, Film Shows,
Debating Exercises, Students Exchange Programme with
other universities outside the State to promote national
integration. There is also a National Service promoting
social consciousness, sense of responsibility, discipline
and dignity of labour among the University students. The
motto of the NSS is "NOT ME BUT YOU!", which
expresses the essence of selfless service.
Activities of the NSS include : 1. Planning saplings to promote afforestation; 2. participating invarious youth camps organized in various parts of the country; 3. visit to nearby villages to understand, appreciate, and assist the village folk to help improve their standard of living and instill in them a feeling of belongingness ; 4. conducting free health service camps, legal awareness programme, and blood donation camps for the benefit of the under-privileged people; 5. The NSS sub unit of this University is also conducting survey on Child Labour the number of such child labour employed in various factories in and around Cochin has been surveyed and their problems assessed.
|PHYSICAL EDUCATION DIVISION|
|Physical Education Officer : Sri. James Joseph|
|The class room, laboratory workshop and
library help a student sharpen his mind. It is, however,
considered equally important to lay stress on the
well-being of the body so as to lend a degree of
completeness to the concept of education. Appreciating
this, the University has created a full-fledged Division
to take care of the physical educational activities of
the students. Activities of this Division include Basket
Ball, Foot Ball, Cricket, Shuttle Badmintion, Table
Tennis, Throw Ball, and Athletics. Every year
intra-university tournaments, both for men and women, are
conducted in the above areas. Contingents are also
prepared for taking part in various Inter-University
tournaments, under the coaching and guidance of an
Assistant Director for Physical Education. Expert
guidance of the coaches of the Kerala Sports Council is
also obtained from time to time. However, considering the
nature of this University, which lays more stress on
postgraduate academic programmes and advanced research,
it is but natural that the sports achievements of the
University are only modest. Notwithstanding the above, it
is hoped that the physical education activities of this
University is on the threshold of a major thrust forward
in view of the fact that the University has now taken
steps to strengthen its undergraduate programmes. A few
B.Tech courses have already been introduced. With the
consequent increase in the student strength and the
lowering of the a average student age of the University,
a significant increase in physical education activities
This is, however, to be correspondingly matched by an improvement in the existing infrastructure facilities of this Division. The immediate priorities in this connection are : (1) a 400 meters clay/cinder track with pavilion; (2) an indoor stadium for basket ball, volley ball, table tennis and badminton; (3) two tennis courts; and (4) swimming pool. An augmentation in the physical education staff is also called for. Efforts are on to find additional financial resources for these purposes. Plans are also a foot to make Physical Education a compulsory teaching subject in the University at least at the undergraduate level.
|CENTRE FOR SCIENCE IN SOCIETY|
|Director : Dr. K.Gopalakrishnan Nair|
|This Centre, established by the University in 1991, is now a part of the International School of Rural Development and Appropriate Technology. The post of a Lecturer, under plan allocation, was ear-marked by the University for this Centre. The UGC has also came forward to help the University in this venture and they have established a Chair in the Centre with a corpus amount of Rs. 1 million deposited by them. The Centre has organized a few lecture-programmes and has taken up one project work for Cochin Refineries, by way of statistical analysis of a nearby village(Udayamperoor). A proposal has been chalked out to present the innovative plans of the Centre, which include:|
|I. SCIENCE AWARENESS PROGRAMMES: (a) Contact programmes; (b) Open-house programmes; (c) Student-interaction programmes; (d) "See & Believe" programmes; (e) Group discussions; (f) Seminars & Symposia|
|II. EXTENSION LECTURES AND DEMONSTRATIONS: (a) in University Departments; (b) at voluntary organizations such as village, libraries and cultural associations; (c) in special meetings organized on Science Day, Environment Day, etc.|
|III. SCIENCE LIBRARY: (a) Setting up of a science book/journal corner in village libraries; (b) Home circulation library.|
|IV. GROUP-VISIT PROGRAMMES: to Science & Technology Establishments, R&D Organizations and Industries.|
|V. "SCIENCE-IN ACTION" EXHIBITIONS|
|VI. Special Programmes for women and weaker sections of the Society: (a) Computer awareness & Literacy programmes; (b) Computer education for women (housewives) having basic education background (S.S.L.C); (c) Do-it-yourself programmes to initiate participation in small scale industries/assembling of electronic gadgets.|
|VII. Initiation of Science Clubs and Hobbyist Clubs: for school children.|
|VIII. Summer science schools: for school children of 8th and 9th standards.|
|IX. Conducting statistical surveys: of various aspects of a model village/cross section of the society;|
|X. Undertaking projects: which are need based and of social relevance.|
|XI. Initiating programmes: to involve a cross section of the society in the Science and Technology activities of various Departments of the University.|
|CENTRE FOR SPONSORED RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCY|
|Director: Dr. Babu.T. Jose|
|This Centre (CSRC) was established by the
University with view to facilitate an effective
co-ordination of the consultancy projects being
undertaken by the various Departments of the University.
Budgetary support is declining year after year in actual
terms for higher education. The University realized the
need and urgency to augment its consultancy services to
enhance the generation of its internal revenue.
The Centre is headed by a Director, nominated from among the teachers of the University. Many consultancy assignments of the neighbouring industries in and around Cochin are being taken up by the various Departments of the consultancy assignment. In order to give a greater thrust to this activity, this activity, the CSRC has been organizing periodic University _ Industry interaction exercises.
|NATIONAL TECHNICAL MANPOWER INFORMATION SYSTEM|
|Project Officer: Sri. Joseph Alexander|
|National Technical Manpower Information
System (NIMIS) has been set up by the Ministry of Human
Resources Development, Govt. of India in 1984 to provide
up-to-date and meaningful manpower information on a
continuing basis to enable the concerned authorities to
anticipate areas of growth in the field of Science and
Technology and consequently plan for technical manpower
development on a scientific basis.
The NIMIS comprises of a Lead Centre at the Institute of Applied Manpower Research, New Delhi and 21 Nodal Centre at selected higher institutes of engineering and technology located at different parts of the country, Cochin Technical Education (AICTE), Govt. of India.
The objectives of the NTMIS are (1) Estimation of short-term and long-term requirements of different categories of engineering and technical manpower in different fields with branches of specialization; (2) estimation of supply of different categories of engineering and technical manpower on the basis of existing intake and out turn figures, (3) assessment of anticipated gaps in demand land supply position in the present and in the future years; (4) collection and analysis of data to match the job requirements with facilities for education and training; (5)provide forecasts about adequacy or shortage of manpower requirements in the future years; (6) undertake studies for assessment of future needs and for giving indications about the specialised areas requiring urgent attention for expansion of facilities for education and training .
The data collection work mainly consists of the following: (1) Graduate Follow-up Survey: Here all the candidates after 18 months of passing out from diploma level and degree level institutions are contacted at their permanent address. Their employment details are collected in a prescribed format. (2) Institutional Survey: This consists of the collection of details of facilities from diploma level and degree level institutions in a prescribed format (3) Establishment Survey: This consists of data collection from different establishments regarding the details of engineering and technical manpower employed. This work is done by the Board of Apprenticeship Training (BOAT), Madras.
|EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE BUREAU|
|Chief: Dr. S. Shajahan|
|This is a Center (EIGB) of the National
Employment Service, Government of Kerala. As the
very/name suggests, this Centre is primarily meant to
lend a helping hand to the unemployed youth of the State.
This is all the more relevant in a State like Kerala ,
which is the most literate State in the country but at
the same time a State which has one of the highest
percentage of educated unemployed youth in the country.
Lack of adequate employment opportunities in State puts a
tremendous amount of pressure on society, which has
serious socio-economic and political ramifications.
The EIGB has been providing yeoman service to the youth in the following areas: (1) Providing career information on educational/research/scholarship facilities etc. (including facilities in overseas countries): (3) distribution of various application forms for higher education and employment ; (4) special coaching classes for candidates belonging to socially backward communities for various competitive examination of the State/Country:(5) conducting short duration orientation training for certain specialized courses/careers; (6) conducting model interviews, group discussions and personality development courses, including Career Group Talks; (7) publishing of periodic talks for the student community.
The services of EIGB are widely recognized and appreciated; and large number of persons have utilized the services of this Bureau and gained immensely, The EIGB has the scope to inject further professionalism into its functioning by and retrieval system is one of its top priorities. The ongoing programme would be suitably augmented is adequate financial resources become available
|SOPHISTICATED TEST AND INSTRUMENTATION CENTRE|
|Director: Dr. K. Gopalakrishnan Nair.|
The Sophisticated Test and Instrumentation Centre (STIC) was started in 1995 as a joint venture of the Government of Kerala and the Cochin University of Science and Technology in the Cochin University Campus. The STIC is making an earnest effort ot minimize duplication and multiplication of costly and sophisticated instruments and equipment basis and their capabilities is being carried out; and it is proposed to publish periodically a directory of such equipments and instruments. Thus STIC will act as nodal centre for utilization of highly sophisticated equipment and instruments in Kerala, The main objectives of this fully autonomous body which is registered as a Society under the societies Registration Act of Kerala State, are listed below:
(i) To provide the actual users from academic institutions R&D establishments and industries with advanced instrument facilities for analysis, testing, measurements and calibration (ii) To undertake research and development activities in the field of instrumentation and related areas which are of relevance to industries in the State. (iii) to design and develop trainer kits, demonstration sets and scientific instruments needed for Engineering/Science College (iv) To encourage taking up projects which will motive younger scientists for undertaking hardware generation in experimental research. (v) O enlist co-operation of professionals and academic staff in frontier areas of instrumentation. (vi) to undertake training and services that will make STIC self-sufficient in course of time (vii) To do all such other thing as many be incidental or conductive to the attainments of the above objectives.
For effectively carrying out the above objectives, STIC has been empowered: (1) To liaise with other agencies in the country or abroad in fields such as Instrumentation, Instrument Technology, Computer-Controlled Instruments (2) to Co-operate and affiliate, if necessary, with other similar institutions, associations or bodies in India or abroad (3) To establish and to maintain technical libraries and/or information centers, and to collect and collate information regarding sophisticated instruments, gadgets and control systems, (4) To develop and support centers of documentation, publication service , maintenances and supply of data including patent literature and current status reports in the area of instrumentation, testing and standards (5) To act as a Nodal Centre for sophisticated instrumentation and coordination of user co-operation of such instruments (6) To take special steps including that of conducting training programmes in instrumentation and testing (7) To accept donations, grants, contributions or financial assistance from governmental, quasi-Governmental or non-governmental agencies, persons or any other sources with a view to fulfill all or any of the above objectives. (8) To acquire, hold, and receive property of any kind including securities and to utilise the income derived therefrom for maintaining the centre; (9) To manage property of any kind and to utilize the income derived therefrom for maintaining the Center. (10) To construct and maintain buildings including the right to alter, improve and equip them suitably. (11) To establish and maintain workshops and manufacturing units to further the objects of the Centre. (12) To purchase, maintain or sell materials or properties of any kind and to utilize the income derived there from for maintaining the Centre. (13) To appoint persons for carrying out the objectives of the Centre (14) money and funds and invest them in such manners as may be deemed fit on behalf of the Centre and to utilize the income derived there from for maintaining the Centre; and (16) To co-operate with any other body as may be decided by the governing Body.
The Director of STIC is the Chief Executive Officer who has to carry out decisions of the Executive Committee and the governing Council which consists of University authorities and Government of Kerala Officials. The Vice- Chancellor of Cochin University of Science and Technology is the Chairman of the Kerala Government's Committee while the Governing Council is chaired by the Chairman of the Kerala Government's Committee for Science, Technology and Environment (STEC). The Committees meet frequently to review the progress of the Centre and to give directions to the director for future course of actions, Developing Test facilities for calibration and standardization is the course of three to four years. Close liaison with nearby industries, R&D organization and educational institutions is being established by STIC for making its function useful and effective.