Thiruvananthapuram: Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) has bagged the third Chancellor's Award for the year 2016-17. The university, which got a score of 499.51, will also receive the cash prize of Rs 5 crore. Governor P Sathasivam, who is also the Chancellor of the universities in the state on Tuesday, also accepted the selection committee's recommendation to confer the Chancellor's Award for the Best Emerging Young University on Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, which got a score of 374.74. This award, instituted in 2016, carries a prize money of Rs 1 crore.
The period of assessment for both awards was from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. Universities up to 12 years of existence were considered under the category of Emerging Young Universities. Twelve out of thirteen Universities had submitted applications online for the Award. Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed University for Art and Culture did not participate. Of these, 5 universities - Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean studies (KUFOS), Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (KVASU), Malayalam Varsity, Kerala University of Health Sciences (KUHS) and APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University - were
considered for the Emerging Young University Award. Usha Titus, principal secretary, higher education department, was the chairperson of the five-member committee.