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The removal of Prof. N.S. Gopalakrishnan, an internationally-renowned expert in intellectual property rights, from the post of MHRD Chair Professor on IPR at Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) by the university syndicate has irked the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and queered the pitch for the upgrade of the institution into an Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST).

The Hindu has reliably learnt that the Cabinet delegation led by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy that visited New Delhi recently got an earful from the senior MHRD officials for removing Prof. Gopalakrishnan from the post.

The syndicate had terminated his deputation as Chair Professor on July 30 last and asked him to join his parent department (School of Legal Studies). The Cusat syndicate had also questioned his dual role as Director of the Inter-university Centre for IPR Studies and Professorship at School of Legal Studies.

‘Politically motivated’
Many in legal circles had viewed the syndicate action as ‘politically motivated’ as many faculty members continue to remain heads of various centres along with their teaching assignment.

A member of the expert panel of the MHRD and the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion on IPR-related issues, Prof. Gopalakrishnan is the chief negotiator representing the country at World Intellectual Property Organisation on traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions since 2010. He is also one of the key members negotiating on copyright issues.

The renowned IPR expert continues to associate with the MHRD by rendering his expertise in policy making and legislative drafting. Prof. Gopalakrishnan had also played a crucial role in crafting the copyright amendments.

source : thehindu.com

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The second section of the Science Camp ‘Inculcate’, of Shasthra Pariposhana Scholarship programme of the kerala government will be held here on Sept 27. 

The camp, being organized by Cochin University of Science&Technology and Kerala State Science & Technology Museum, will be inaugurated by Dr K Poulose Jacob, Vice Chancellor (v/c), Cusat at 9.30 a.M. 

Dr Joseph John, Syndicate Member, Cusat will be the Chief Guest. 

Prof. K. Gireesh Kumar, Co-ordinator and Dr. N. Manoj will speak on the occasion. 

Selected 60 high school students from the districts of Malappuram and Calicut will participate in the camp, a press release said.

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“Power is gained by sharing knowledge not holding it”

Maker Party is an event to map the developers, educators and students from all canvas of life to cherish, show case and share the spirit of knowledge and promote the notion for open access movement. We will be following a simple pattern of that of a festival, where teaching stalls will be setup, exhibits will be kept and explained by their makers.

Inspired by the Open Access Movement, Catalyzed by Mozilla across the globe, Mozilla Community in association with the Cochin University of Science And Technology, under the Center for Innovation Technology Transfer and Industrial Collaboration(CITTIC) Cell has decided to host a two day Maker Party to initiate a transition of users to makers from the 21th-22nd of September, 2014.
The event follows a simple format that of a festival, where all the inventors, users, scholars, coders will be interacting and sharing knowledge through innovative involvements.

Mozilla is a global, nonprofit organization, community driven, dedicated to building free, open source products like the Firefox web browser. Our mission is to promote openness, innovation & opportunity on the Web Maker Party is Mozilla’s global campaign in bringing about this change. Through thousands of community-run events around the world, Maker Party unites educators, organizations and enthusiastic web users with hands-on learning and making. Maker Party 2014 was kick-started by President Obama at White House Maker Faire this June. From June 15 – Sept 15, Mozilla Foundation is hosting a Global Maker Party (https://webmaker.org/en-US/party/) Maker Party inculcates and spreads the “Learning by Making” culture among the masses.

The three day event unrolls in three main venues:
1. Teaching Stations: 
“To teach is great, but to inspire is divine”
Hand on classes by trained makers, students in all new cutting edge technologies. Ranging from high end electronics to basic household activities that require expertise. About 40+ areas will be teach/train during the event.

 2.Exhibition:
“An art exhibition can be engaging, fun and deeply intellectually satisfying and serious”
Kerala being the new entrepreneurial hub in south, this could be one platform to bring all new age technologies, products like FIN, 3D Printers under one roof. This could help throw some inspiration to young entrepreneurs. 50+ stalls will be up for the audience.

3. Success tale: 
“From the horse’s mouth”
Successful, proved entrepreneurs will be sharing their views, stories with an interactive crowd over 2 days.

4. Activities and Fest
“Learn from the world around you”
The event format is all like a festival. We plan to bring many fun/teaching activities to engage the audience.

The event updates from the team on facebook page is just exciting. The event is totally free and open, but for logistic reasons the team recently opened a registration form at www.makerpartykochi.in.

See you there!

Bots-Coming

Wanna know how the event gonna look like, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oko6TzPQE6Y

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Seminar Complex (1)The seminar complex of Cochin University of Science and Technology will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on September 16 at 9.30 am.

K Babu, Minister for Ports, Excise & Fisheries will be the chief guest for the day, said a press release. V K Ebrahim Kunju, Minister for Public Works will preside over the function.

The Science Seminar Complex, having two air-conditioned halls can seat a total of 750 participants and is said to be built on ultra-modern standards at a cost of `6 cr. The building is suitable for holding both national and international seminars.

The Main hall has an area of 6639 sq ft and a raised stage/platform of 1116 sq ft. The mini seminar hall can seat 75 persons. Equipped with the latest technology in acoustics and scientific seating arrangements, the halls provide a theatre effect. The reception hall, separate dining area and all other rooms have been provided with the advanced sanitary facilities and other fittings.Seminar Complex (3)

The first floor incorporates two office rooms, executive hall & conference hall that can accommodate 80 persons and toilets. The seminar complex occupies a total area of 32024 sq. ft. and has arrangements for rainwater harvesting.

The golden jubilee celebrations of The School of Management Studies, CUSAT, will be held on the same day and the same will be inaugurated by the Chief Minister.Seminar Complex (2)

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David Peter
David Peter

S David Peter, director of the Unit for International Relations and Academic Admissions (IRAA), has been elected as the new registrar of the Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat).

David Peter joined as the computer science division of the Cusat as a lecturer in February 1986.
An expert in computer software and artificial intelligence, David Peter had served the School of Engineering as principal for 4 years. He has also been the director of the Centre for Information and Resource Management.

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Check Results now

  • Date of publication of Results:05’th September, 2014. 
  • Last dates for submitting applications for Scrutiny and Revaluation at the Respective Examination Centers are 20-09-2014 and 25-09-2014 respectively
  • Under no circumstances the applications submitted after the last date prescribed or the applications submitted other than the exam centers will be accepted.
  • Incomplete and defective applications will be rejected summarily 
  • Prior to 2005 admission candidates are requested to contact their Colleges / respective Examination Sections in the University for their Results 
  • The Examination Centers shall ensure that the Soft Copies of the applications for Scrutiny and Revaluation be forwarded to the email-id  examhsn@gmail.com on 26-09-2014 and hard copies along with applications and prescribed fee to the office of the Controller of Examinations on or before 30-09-2014.Applications received after 30-09-2014 will not be considered for publication of Scrutiny / Revaluation results as per rule.

Full Results PDF

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The factional feud within the Cochin University syndicate members worsened as Youth Congress activists supporting Hibi Eden, MLA, staged a protest against Sunny P. Jose on Thursday. The protest was timed to disrupt the interview for selection of University’s registrar.

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Police had to forcibly move the Youth Congress workers who staged a sit-in dharna in front of the administrative building against Mr. Jose.

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Both Mr. Eden and Mr. Jose were part of the interview panel for the selection of the registrar.

Police had to forcibly move the Youth Congress workers who staged a sit-in dharna in front of the administrative building against Mr. Jose. Both Mr. Eden and Mr. Jose had entered into an altercation on Monday over the latter’s decision to nominate K.M. Shaji, MLA of the Muslim League, as syndicate nominee in the three-member search committee for the new vice-chancellor of Cusat. Mr. Eden, too, had applied for the same.

For the position of registrar, apparently an aspirant enjoying the support of the Congress party figured in the rank list.

The next University syndicate meeting will make the final recommendation to the government about the applicants.

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Thiruvananthapuram: Students seeking admission into fire engineering colleges should ensure that the courses of their choice prescribe to the safety standards of the National Safety Council or Board of Technical Education. Or else they may end up as one among thousands of students who get admitted to over 10 odd organisations that lack affiliation after spending nearly Rs 25,000 annually.

Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) directly runs a BTech course in the state. The fee structure for the CUSAT course was Rs 43,300 for merit seats, Rs 52,300 for payment seats and Rs 2,43,300 for an NRI course.

Government Polytechnic, Kalamasserry, offered a certificate course in fire engineering under the Board of Technical Education. There are also some professional bodies, like the Institute of Engineering,

Thiruvananthapuram, which offer these certificate courses. Fire engineering is a course that teaches designing and developing fire systems to reduce the consequences of fire.
There are various career options available for students who study fire engineering. Engineers entering the field can go to various sectors in the government or private firms based on their inclinations.

Some of the fields in which they can get employed include chemical or inflammable products manufacturing firms, like petroleum refineries, textiles and fertilisers. There is also scope for fire engineering graduates in the field of manufacturing, chemicals and handling bottling plants.

The courses available for those interested in fire engineering include B.E. Fire Engineering, B.Tech Fire and Safety Engineering, Post Graduate Diploma in Fire and Safety Engineering, Diploma in Fire and Industrial Safety Engineering, Diploma in Fire and Safety Engineering Management (DFSEM), Diploma in Fire and Safety Engineering (DFSE), Diploma in Fire Engineering, Diploma in Industrial Safety Engineering (DISE) and Certificate Course in Fire and Safety Engineering (CFSE).

Source : Deccan Chronicles

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Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) has cloaked a record 25 per cent increase in applications for revaluation of answer sheets of various B.Tech examinations since 2008.

The cash-strapped varsity earned a whopping Rs. 2.87 crore as fee for revaluation of B.Tech answer sheets for regular and supplementary examinations held between June 2009 and August 2013.

Interestingly, the combined pass percentage of affiliated engineering colleges was below 45 per cent from 2008-09 to 2010-11.

The university revealed the details of the re-valuation of B.Tech answer sheets in response to a Right to Information (RTI) application filed by The Hindu.

In reply to a specific query, the Controller of Examinations admitted that an assistant professor of Model Engineering College at Thrikkakara was de-barred from all examination related activities for two years.

The marks of a candidate had shot up from eight to 45 after revaluation conducted by the teacher.

When a second re-valuation was carried out owing to the considerable difference, the marks went down to three from the earlier eight.

A question on how many students had bettered their performance after revaluation evoked a vague response from the varsity.

The total number of applications for revaluation registered a record 40 per cent increase between 2011 and 2012. In 2011, the varsity received 10,884 applications while it skyrocketed to 15,205 in 2012.

Candidates belonging to the School of Engineering at Thrikkakara; Cochin University College of Engineering at Kuttanad; Toc H Institute of Science and Technology, Aarakunnam; Sarabhai Institute of Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram; College of Engineering, Thalassery, Model Engineering College; College of Engineering, Perumon; College of Engineering, Adoor; College of Engineering, Vadakara were among those that submitted the maximum number of revaluation applications since 2008 as per the official records.

Source : The Hindu