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Impact of collaboration activities undertaken by the University:

Collaborative research has enabled the University to bring excellence in academics by opening up opportunities to update ourselves with broad visions from other schools of thoughts. Collaborative research also helps to get access to expensive contemporary technology which is otherwise a serious constraint to us. Such aids in various kinds of analyses resulting from collaborative researches help us to overcome the lack of sufficiency of funds.

Through the collaboration with reputed R&D Organizations and Educational Institutions, students and faculty get exposure to highend research problems and receive valuable guidance from reputed scientists in finding an appropriate solution through active research. As part of the research collaborations the students could publish their research outcomes in reputed international journals and conference proceedings. It also pave the way for the prospective students to do summer internship at various research organizations under the guidance of reputed scientists.

It is also interesting to note that the Alumni Associations of various departments have played a pivotal role in encouraging their current research organizations to collaborate with the University and provide research exposure to the students.

Some of the examples of the benefits from collaborative activities are listed below:

  1. Department of Communication and Journalism in collaboration with Doordarshan, AIR and VICTERS Channel ( under IT Mission of the State Government) resulted in production of programmemes targeting school and college students in the State.These productions are available in You-Tube for global consumption
  2. The faculty members of Department of Library and Information Sciences collaborate with other Departments of Library and Information Science in the state and at the national level in the design of curriculum and syllabi. They also collaborate with public, academic and special libraries in the state in the organization of various programmemes like seminars, conferences and workshops. As a result, the Department is held in high esteem by the library community in the state.
  3. The first visible and formal collaboration of Department of Political Science was initiated in 2004 when a Fulbright Partnership Programmeme with Claremont Graduate University, USA was signed. The students and teachers of the Department stood to benefit with this programme, which lasted until 2008. Since then the Department has had a series of academic collaborations with Universities in USA, Australia, Canada, Poland, Thailand and Romania. The Department of Political Science is visited by several international students and teachers. The academic exchanges had helped the students immensely. The students of the Department are exposed to the rigour and quality of international education. The cultural value of these exchanges too has a great influence on students.
  4. Collaborative research with Regional Institute of Ophthalmology on the prevalence of cataract vulnerable sections of society was carried out. This work was carried out with financial support in the form of SARD, KSCSTE.
  5. Scientific evaluation of a traditional rice variety, Njavara (Oryza sativa) was carried out in collaboration with NIIST. Thiruvananthapuram for its anti-inflamatory properties. This work would scientifically validate the widespread practice of its application in Ayurveda.
  6. Application of marine biomolecules and biocomposites in tissue engineering of pharmacological importance.
  7. Collaboration with School of Chemical Sciences, MG University, Kerala. Development of Novel nanoparticles for anticancer applications.
  8. Collaboration with NIIST and SCTIMST, Trivandrum.
  9. The University of Kerala is an IMC Member of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, New Delhi.
  10. One faculty from the Department got selected for collaborative visit to Nottingham Trent University, UK as part of FLAIR programmeme, Government of Kerala.
  11. Visit of research scholar from the department for completion of part of the Ph.D. work University of Connecticut, USA (Dr. Niranjana Maulik, 2007-10). This collaboration has resulted in substantial linkage between the two institutions.
  12. Research collaboration with institutions like Regional Research Institute (RRI), Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB), Regional Cancer Centre(RCC) AND CENTRE FOR Tiber Crop Research Institute(CTCRI), Thiruvananthapuram has been carried out
  13. ELT Centres has Linkage with Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent, U.K.
  14. Indian Association for Common Wealth Literature and Language Studies (IACLALS)

Benefits from these collaborations:

Curriculum developmentThrough research collaboration the department could identify the key areas or topics so as to help students do high-end research. Consequently, new courses and topics are included in the curriculum during the syllabus revision to equip the students with latest knowledge for getting actively involved in high-end research. Canadian Studies Curriculum Design, ELT Curriculum Design with Christ Church University

Internship The linkages with other research institutes offer opportunities for the students to be selected for short training programmemes in those institutes. These programmemes, in turn, help them to get hands on training and experience on various research methodologies, sophisticated equipment and research type experiments.

On the job training Experts from various organizations occasionally give technical training to our students through which they get exposure to the recent research trends as well as hands on experience in using various tools for scientific computing. Script writing, editing, teaching ELT for the public.

Faculty exchange and development The linkages with the stakeholder agencies, research institutes and other educational institutions will help in exchange of faculty. This will be of great help to them in furthering their knowledge base and expertise in their respective fields. The involvement of the faculty of these external institutions also promotes our academic activities to a large extent.

Research The linkages with other research institutions help the Department to gain knowledge as well as undertake research in latest areas. Exchange of faculty brings about an environment conducive to active research work in various fields. Our students and faculty are able to utilize the sophisticated and modern equipment in these institutions. Access to rich scientific data base is another outcome of such linkages. SICI Funding for Canadian Studies

PublicationThe faculty members of the Department regularly publish research papers in national and international research journals. A number of popular articles are aimed at popularising science. In this way the research findings of the Departments are made available to the science community in the field.

Consultancy Many of the members of the teaching faculty frequently visit other academic and research institutions colleges, schools etc. to deliver lectures on advanced topics related to the curriculum. Such linkages help the students of these colleges and schools to benefit from the expertise and knowledge of the University faculty.

ExtensionThe collaborations that the University has had with other research institutions has resulted in the University faculty being invited to these institutions to give lectures and sometimes even take courses for an entire semester. The academicians from these research institutions also visit the University and conduct seminars/workshops for the students of the University. Certificate Courses for General Public

Student placement The linkages of the Department with other research research/academic institutions and industry bodies help the students in acquiring job placements after their studies. Students also get opportunity to pursue their PhD/post-doctoral work thanks to the networks established.