Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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The Cochin University of Science and Technology [CUSAT] has issued an order reinstating renowned Intellectual Property (IP) expert, Prof. NS Gopalakrishnan as Ministry of HRD Chair for IP at School of Legal Studies, CUSAT. Prof. Gopalakrishnan was arbitrarily removed from the post last year by the CUSAT syndicate without consulting the Ministry of HRD and was asked to join back his parent institute, School of Legal Studies.

CUSAT Registrar, David Peter S, confirmed that Prof. Gopalakrishnan has been reinstated and orders relating to the same have been issued a week ago.

CUSAT’s application to convert it into an Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) under the 12th Five Year Plan was pending before the Ministry of HRD. Recently, The Hindu reported that the Ministry was against upgrading CUSAT to IIEST due to arbitrary actions on its part. The Ministry had conveyed its discontent on Prof. Gopalakrishnan’s removal to the Kerala Chief Minister, Ommen Chandy when he met the Ministry officials for the upgradation of CUSAT to IIEST.

Around the same period during which Prof. Gopalakrishnan was removed from his post in 2013, National Law University (NLU), Jodhpur Ministry of HRD Chair Coordinator, Yogesh Pai was arbitrarily removed by the NLU-J administration from the post.

Speaking to Bar & Bench, Pai said,

“Prof. Gopalakrishnan is India’s foremost IP academic. His contribution to Indian IP thought is recognised beyond the borders. In my opinion, his reinstatement as the IP Chair is far too little and too late in comparison to the insurmountable loss and humiliation that the Indian academia suffered due to his removal. Cochin University should tender an unconditional apology on this issue. It is their privilege that Prof. NS Gopalakrishnan has chosen to be with the University in these testing times.

However, I am truly in awe of the firm stand taken by the MHRD against his removal. That is our only consolation. But isn’t it such a pity that in a nation where “Guru” – the giver of knowledge – is synonymous to “Brahman” -the ever unchanging reality, academics have to bear the brunt of gross institutional incompetence and arbitrary decisions that smacks of political highhandedness? Universities are not private fiefdoms, they are places where knowledge, freedom and humility must thrive!”

Immediately after these two removals, academicians from India and abroad had signed a protest petition against the politically motivated removal of Prof. Gopalakrishnan and Pai.

Prof. Gopalakrishan has been the face representing India at many IP related conferences across the globe. He is also the Director of Inter University Centre for IPR Studies at CUSAT.

Source : http://barandbench.com/

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Young chief executive officers heading campus startups in affiliated colleges of Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) may no longer have to run from pillar to post to avail of the twin carrots of relaxation in attendance and grace marks under the government’s ambitious student entrepreneurship scheme.

Cusat has decided to offer an online facility that would help young entrepreneurs overcome the cumbersome bureaucratic process involved in availing the 20 per cent relaxation in attendance and four per cent grace marks. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy convened a meeting of Vice Chancellors to plug the bureaucratic delays in the effective implementation of the scheme last month.

The Hindu had reported in July this year that of the 400-odd students in about 250 campus startups across the State, only less than 20 have availed of the benefits under the scheme rolled out in October 2012. Cusat Vice Chancellor J. Letha said young entrepreneurs in affiliated colleges of the varsity could upload the relevant details of their startup venture on the official website of the university along with the copies of the relevant documents prescribed by the Department of Higher Education as part of the new initiative.

The Technology Business Incubators (TBIs) have to forward the certificate proving the eligibility for grace marks and relaxation in attendance of student entrepreneur to the Principal of the college concerned. The principal of the affiliated college must forward it to the registrar of the university concerned with due recommendations, on receipt of which the university shall provide the eligible grace marks and attendance to the student entrepreneur for the semester for which it is applicable.

All these processes could now be done online to check the bureaucratic delays. Dr. Letha said the varsity had suggested the authorities to include its Centre for Innovation, Technology Transfer & Industrial Collaboration as a TBI listed under the student entrepreneurship scheme. She said the proposed changes under the scheme would be placed before the varsity syndicate soon for approval.h

Source : The Hindu

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Check here.

> Date of publication of Results:31’th October, 2014.

> Last date for submitting application in the prescribed format(Availabe in the University Website) along with proof of fee remitted for the photocopies of answer book, scheme, key of valuation and details of marks obtained during valuation and revaluation is 29/12/2014

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Check here

Date of publication of Results:28’th October, 2014.

  • Last dates for submitting applications for Scrutiny and Revaluation at the Respective Examination Centers are 07-11-2014 and 13-11-2014 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 14-11-2014 and hard copies along with applications and prescribed fee to the office of the Controller of Examinations on or before 17-11-2014.Applications received after 17-11-2014 will not be considered for publication of Scrutiny / Revaluation results as per rules.
  • The eligible candidates who are waiting the result will be permitted to register the examination without fine till 30.10.2014. The application and fee shall be accepted in the examination centers and a branchwise abstract of the details of the applicants shall be sent to the Controller of Examinations through email ‘controlexcusat@gmail.com and controlex@cusat.ac.in on or before 31.10.2014
  • The Applications (Branch-wise) along with fee shall be sent to the office of the Controller of Examinations on or before 4’th November 2014.

full results links from Cusatxpress

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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.

“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!


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)