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Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) is a government-owned autonomous science and technology university in Cochin, Kerala, India. Founded in 1971, it has three campuses: two in Cochin and one in Kuttanad, Alappuzha, 66 km inland. The university awards degrees in engineering and science subjects at the undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels. Nearly 2,000 students engage yearly in undergraduate and postgraduate study at CUSAT. The university is placed at fifth rank in India in the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities with a world ranking of 1150


Originally known as the University of Cochin, the university came into being in 1971 through an Act of the Kerala Legislature that was the result of a campaign for postgraduate education in the state. It was reorganised into Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) in February 1986. The objectives were the promotion of undergraduate and postgraduate studies and advanced research in applied science, technology, industry, commerce, management and social sciences.

Admissions are based on an All India Entrance Examination known as the Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by the university which includes papers for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Departmental Admission Tests (DAT) are conducted for some postgraduate courses.


The motto of the university is "Tejasvinavadhithamastu", which conveys, "May the wisdom accrued deify us both — the teacher and the taught and percolate to the universe in its totality" which is taken from the Vedas.


The university has three campuses:

  • two in Cochin,
  • one at Pulinkunnu, Kuttanad, Alappuzha about 65 km south of Cochin in the state of Kerala.

Main (Thrikkakara) campus

The main campus is 1.5 km off the National Highway 47 in South Kalamassery. The 180-acre (0.73 km2) campus consists of the Administrative office, the Central Library, Computer Centre, departments, labs, workshops, School of Engineering (SOE Campus) and School of Engineering (Siberia Campus), canteens, guest house, hostels and playgrounds.

The computerised Central Library is a source of information for CUSAT students and academics. The Computer Center provides free internet access to the students. The campus hosts the buildings of the departments. The SOE campus has divisions of engineering and corresponding labs and workshops. The Siberia campus block consists of classrooms for engineering courses and a new lab building which houses department centres and labs.

The campus has a Triveni Coffee House and other canteens.

Men's hostels are:

  • Siberia,
  • Sarovar,
  • Sanathana.

Women's hostels are:

  • Aishwarya,
  • Anashwara,
  • Athulya,
  • Anaga,
  • Ananya.

A B. Tech hostel has been set up. The campus hosts the accommodation of its employees.

City (Lakeside) campus

The Lakeside campus, around 12 km from the Main campus is set in Cochin city on the estuarine waterfront. It consists of the School of Ocean Science and Technology, School of Industrial Fisheries, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Chemical Oceanography, Department of Marine Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry, Department of Marine Geology and Geophysics and Department of Physical Oceanography. The School of Marine Sciences has a library that is regarded as one of the largest marine science libraries in Asia and a research vessel for coastal water studies. The school has academic interactions with other universities and research institutes in India and outside.

The Pulincunnoo campus

The Pulincunnoo campus in Kuttanad, Alappuzha District is 65 km from the Main campus. It is home to the Cochin University College of Engineering, Kuttanad (CUCEK) and the Cochin University College of Computer Applications (CUCCA). The campus is surrounded by water scenery, temples and churches. Allappuzha is called the "Venice of the East" and is famous for the annual Nehru Trophy boat race.


CUSAT is structured into nine faculties:

  • Science,
  • Technology,
  • Engineering,
  • Environmental Studies,
  • Humanities,
  • Law,
  • Marine Sciences,
  • Medical Sciences and Technology,
  • Social Sciences.

Faculty of Science

Department of Physics

The Department of Physics was established in 1962. The areas such as Electronics, Computer Science and Photonics later branched out to form independent departments. In addition to M.Sc and M.Phil courses in Physics, the department has research labs in Applied Optics, Laser and Spectroscopy, Magnetism, Opto-electronic Devices, Solid State Physics, Thin Film Photo-voltaic and Advanced Materials.

The Department of Physics conducts a science awareness programme in physics and Space Quiz called National Space Olympiad in association with IUCAA Resource Centre, CUSAT and Edumithra Intellectual Services.

Department of Applied Chemistry

The Department of Applied Chemistry was established in 1976 with the support of University Grants Commission to aid in the development of the industrial belt in the Greater Cochin area by providing scientific support and trained personnel to industry. The department started an M.Sc programme in Applied Chemistry in 1971. An M.Phil programme in chemistry was started in 1986. The department has served as a nucleus for starting the Department of Polymer Science and Rubber Technology and the Department of Biotechnology, by initiating B.Tech and M.Sc courses.

Department of Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics conducts a master's degree programme in Mathematics and Operations Research and Computer Applications along with M.Phil and PhD programmes. The research scholars in the department are in receipt of fellowship from Government of India funding agencies such as University Grants Commission, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, and the National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM). Research activities are in Analysis, Algebra, Operator Theory, Functional Analysis, General topology, Fuzzy mathematics, Graph Theory, Combinations, Convexity Theory, Fluid Dynamics, Non-linear waves, Stability, Stochastic Processes in general and Random Graphs, Operations Research and the History of Mathematics.

Department of Statistics

The Department of Statistics was formed by converting the Division of Statistics, a constituent of the now-defunct School of Mathematical Sciences established in 1994. The department offers M.Sc. and M.Phil. programmes in Statistics and M.Tech in Engineering Statistics (Quality and Reliability Engineering) besides research programmes leading to the PhD degree in Bayesian inference, Reliability, Modelling, Distribution Theory, Queueing models, Stochastic processes, Inference in time-series models and demography. The department is affiliated to foreign and Indian universities and has students working and doing research abroad as well as in institutions in India like IITs.

Faculty of Technology

Department Of Marine Engineering

The Marine Engineering course is conducted by Kunjali Marakkar School of Marine Engineering. The course was started in 2003.

Department of Electronics

The Department of Electronics was established in 1975. It has Microwave Electronics instrumentation and Microprocessor Research laboratories and the doctoral programmes mainly in fields such as Underwater acoustics, Ocean electronics, Microwave propagation antennas, Microwave image processing, pattern recognition, microprocessor applications in signal processing and display devices.

Thes department offers postgraduate programmes that include M.Sc. Electronics and M.Tech Electronics with specializations in Microwave & Radar Electronics and Digital Electronics. External agencies like the DST, ISRO, AICTE, DOE, DRDO, MOD and the state government support this department through research projects and fellowships. The department conducts two national symposia as biennial events — the National Symposium on Antennas & Propagation (APSYM). which commenced from 1988 and – the Symposium on Ocean Electronics (SYMPOL) – from 1991 onwards. The department has established international collaboration with Delft University (Netherlands), PolarizOne Corporation (Malaysia), University of Kent (England) and University of Surrey (England) for different research projects.

Department of Instrumentation

The Department of Instrumentation was established in 1995. It was derived from the University Science Instrumentation Centre (USIC).

The centre was elevated to the status of an academic department when UGC accorded it the status of Level III USIC. It conducted a postgraduate diploma programme in Instrumentation for a few years starting from 1994. From 1999 onward, the department offered four-year (eight semester) B.Tech. course in Instrumentation. It has a research programme in Instrumentation and Applied Physics. The department has completed research projects sponsored by external funding agencies like DST, DAE, UGC, AICTE, STED (Kerala) and TWAS. It has been the venue for national symposia and the faculty members have published research papers in national and international journals.

Department of Polymer Science and Rubber Technology

The Department of Polymer Science and Rubber Technology was started in 1971 by introducing a two-year post- B.Sc. B.Tech programme in Polymer Science and Rubber Technology. This was reorganised into a three-year programme to fall into the all-India pattern in 1977. The programme was revised into a four-year B.Tech course. An M.Tech. course started in 1985. The department organises seminars to bring polymer scientists, technologists and engineers from academic and research institutions and industrial organisations together. The head of the department is Dr. Sunil K Narayanankutty.

It offers PhD in Polymer science. MSc Chemistry/Polymer Chemistry/M.Tech Chemical Engineering/Polymer Technology is the eligibility of PhD programme.

Department of Ship Technology

The department is one of the pioneers in the field of Naval Architecture education in India, established in 1974. A B.Tech programme in Naval Architecture and Ship Building was started in 1975. In technical collaboration with the University of Rostock, Germany since 1978, it is producing Naval Architects to meet the requirements of shipbuilding industry, Ship Classification Societies, R&D organisations, the Indian Navy and other organisations. The department maintains collaborations with IITs, Universities outside India, Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL), Vizag and shipyards. These organisations extend their facilities and expertise to impart training to the B.Tech students.

The Ministry of Shipping, Government of India, approved the B.Tech course for the M.O.T. Certificate Examination. The Indian Navy has recognised this department as a centre for the higher education of their officers. The department has a library, computer centre, laboratories and workshops. The faculty have over 100 research publications. The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), UK as satisfying the Engineering Council (UK) requirements for the registration at stage 1 of the Chartered Engineer section. An academic collaboration took birth with Chosun University, Republic of Korea in 2003 whereby exchange of students and faculty members take place.

International School of Photonics

A three semester M.Tech course in Optoelectronics and Laser Technology and an M.Phil course in Photonics are offered, with an objective to train teachers in the area of photonics. The school has collaborative research activities with institutions in India and abroad, including the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. The joint programme is supported under the MHO assistance offered by the Dutch government to ISP.

Department of Computer Applications

The Department of Computer Applications offers a Master's programme in Computer Applications and research programmes leading to PhD, sanctioned to the university jointly by U.G.C, and Department of Electronics, Government of India. Guest lectures, seminars by experts in IT, workshops and symposia are organised in the department.

Department of Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science offers three M Tech programmes and PhD programmes.

M.Tech Computer and Information Science

The M.Tech. in Computer & information Science is intended to develop Human Resources for System Integration, Data Base Design & Administration, Information Technology Enabled Services, etc. Any engineering graduate can enroll, with limited entry to postgraduates in Science.

M.Tech Software Engineering The M.Tech in Software Engineering trains Computer Engineers to become Software Engineers.

M.Tech Computer Science with Specialization with Embedded Systems(Part Time)

The lab has LANs with Windows NT and GNU/Linux servers with Silicon Graphics workstations, and oracle RDBMS server with 15 clients. The department has completed projects funded by agencies like UGC, AICTE, and DST. The department has a library with around 3500 titles and a handful of leading journals. It offers a MTech Course in Computer Science.

Research laboratories

The research laboratories have been developed/augmented using the 2007 MHRD grant.

  • Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory (HCI Lab)
  • Embedded Systems Laboratory (ESL)
  • Mobile Computing Lab (MCL)
  • Software Engineering Laboratory (SEL)

Faculty of Engineering

School of Engineering, Thrikkakara

The School of Engineering (SOE) at Thrikkakara offers Bachelor of Technology and Master of Technology courses in the following engineering branches:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering M.Tech
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Thermal Engineering M.Tech
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Electronics and Communication Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Safety and Fire Engineering
  • Safety and Fire Engineering M.Tech

Cochin University College of Engineering Kuttanad

  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Electronics and Communication Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Applications

Faculty of Environmental Studies

  • School of Environmental Studies

Faculty of Humanities

  • Department of Hindi
  • Department of Culture and Heritage

Faculty of Law

School of Legal Studies

The School of Legal Studies is located in the main campus. The school was established in 1962 as the Department of Law of Kerala University and subsequently merged with Cochin University in 1971.

Faculty of Marine Sciences

  • School of Marine Sciences
  • School of Industrial Fisheries
  • Department of Atmospheric Sciences
  • Department of Chemical Oceanography
  • Department of Marine Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry
  • Department of Marine Geology and Geophysics
  • Department of Physical Oceanography

Faculty of Medical Sciences and Technology

Department of Biotechnology

The Department of Biotechnology was established in 1991. The M.Sc. course in Biotechnology which was started in the Department of Applied Chemistry was later transferred to the department with an annual student intake of 10. It offers a Ph.D. programme. The professional M.Sc. course is designed to train students in frontier areas of biotechnology. The research activities of the Department are on areas in Microbiology, Molecular Neurobiology and Cell Biology, Medical Biochemistry, Genetic Engineering and Plant Biotechnology.

Faculty of Social Sciences

Department of Applied Economics

The department offers a postgraduate degree in Applied Economics (M.A Applied Economics) M.Phil and PhDprogrammes. The department's research focuses on economics of technology. Apart from economics, two areas where the department has teaching capability are econometrics and operations research. Cochin city has an industrial belt and a coastal area suitable for fishing activities. The industrial and fishing activities have contributed much to environmental pollution in the area. Therefore, the department researches the technology problems of industry and the fisheries sector, and the economics of the environment.

School of Management Studies

The School of Management Studies (SMS) is one of the oldest academic units of the university. Being one among the first five management schools to be established in the country, it started functioning in the premises of the Fertilizers and Chemicals Travancore Ltd. (FACT) in October 1964 as a part of Kerala University with Professor Emeritus (Dr.) M. V. Pylee as the director. When University of Cochin was formed in the year 1971 (which later became Cochin University of Science and Technology) the school became an integral part of the University. Since then, the school has dabbled in management education.It pursues four areas of academic activity: teaching, training, research and consultancy. It offers three four-semester, full-time MBA programmes (General MBA, MBA in International Business and MBA in Travel and Tourism) and a six-semester part-time M.B.A. All these programmes provide options for specialization. The school offers Ph.D. programmes.


CUSAT has 29 departments of study and research offering graduate and postgraduate programmes across disciplines in engineering, science, technology, humanities, law and management.

Centre of Excellence in Lasers and Optoelectronic Sciences (CELOS)

CUSAT established a separate CELOS in July 2002 which conducts manpower training in Photonics and related fields. The activities under CELOS have been proposed by the Department of Physics and Department of Electronics in CUSAT. CELOS offers a five-year integrated M.Sc degree course in Photonics.

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