KOCHI: Cochin University Society and Technology (Cusat) will soon establish a total waste treatment technology park on its campus with a permanent exhibition of working models of various waste treatment techniques. This was announced in the university budget 2017-18 presented today by Dr. N. Chandramohanakumar, syndicate standing committee convener. An amount of Rs 50 lakh has been set apart for it. The Cusat campus will be declared plastic-free. A 100 KW solar energy plant will be commissioned with an outlay of Rs 60 lakh. Within six months, the entire campus will be energy audited. Rainwater harvesting from every building on the campus will also be promoted.
The University will covert to paperless administration. A Centre for Consultation and Services will be established to promote consultancy. The unit for IRAA will be bifurcated into to Common Admission Cell and Centre for International Relations. The budget envisages a full-time university health center with a doctor and nursing assistant supported by a mini pharmacy and ambulance. The budget proposes to establish a research activity committee. Alumni will be strengthened with the generation of a corpus fund of Rs 100 crore. The budget plans to celebrate the University Day on July 10 every year with Prof. Mundassery Oration and proposes Mundassery Chair in the University.
Term of contract teachers will be for five years with a direction to bring in external funded projects for their continuance. Group Insurance for students will be implemented. The budget envisages a ban on the use of pirated software and proposes a software development centre on the campus. An information literacy centre will be established at the university library with an aim to conduct short term courses. Hostels will be constructed at the main campus and at CUCEK with a total outlay of Rs 2 crore. One working women hostel with 30 rooms and a studio flat as quarters for the staff will be built at a cost of Rs 1.50 crore. A National Optical Testing Facility to test the quality of optical fibers and other optical electronic devices will be established.