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Department of Future Studies (Established in : 1990)


M.Tech in Technology Management

Technology Management is an evolving and interdisciplinary area comprised of integrated planning, design, optimization, operation and control of technological products, processes and services. Department of Futures Studies, University of Kerala offers M Tech programme technology Management from the years 2000 onwards.

General Information: The AICTE approved M. Tech. program specializes in Technology Management by covering areas like Technology Forecasting and Assessment as well as Mathematical / Computer Modeling, Expert System etc. The programme has a credit semester framework, with 72 credits in four semesters. Course work is completed in the first two semesters and the last two semesters are devoted for doing three projects - an Industrial Project, a R&D project and the final Dissertation.

Duration : Two Years

Eligibility/Qualification : The minimum qualification for M.Tech is a B.Tech degree in any branch with at least 55% marks. Preference will be given to candidates having valid GATE score.

Mode of Selection: Admission is based on the GATE score of the candidates. In the absence of sufficient GATE qualified candidates, the admission will be based on an entrance test of 90 minutes duration conducted by the University. Out of 15 seats, 2 seats are reserved for candidates working in industry and other research organizations who should be sponsored by their respective organizations. The reservation for SC/ST and other categories will be as per University rules and 3 seats are reserved for them. How to Apply Application in the prescribed form should reach the Head, Department of Futures Studies, University of Kerala, Kariavattom, Thiruvananthapuram -695681, before the last date as notified in the advertisement. Application can be obtained from the Head of the Department of Futures Studies by producing a DD for Rs.500/- (including registration fee) from SBT / SBI / District Co-operative Bank drawn in favour of the Finance Officer, University of Kerala or a University Challan for Rs. 500/-. A self addressed stamped envelope (for Rs. 10/-) should be sent along with the request for application.

Fee Structure (Rs)
Category Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4
General 5705 3675 3870 3275
Sponsored 7500 7500 7500 7500

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Post Graduate Diploma in Knowledge Management

P.G. Diploma in Knowledge Management [PGDKM] - under UGC innovative programme - is a one year Post Graduate diploma course. There is probably no segment of activity in the world attracting as much attention at present as that of knowledge management. According to Evalueserve, a global market research and Intellectual Property services firm and a pioneer in providing Knowledge Process Outsourcing [KPO] services, KPO is estimated to reach USD 5o billion by 2012, out of which 70% would be outsourced ton india. The transition of the world into knowledge economy would increase the demand for knowledge workers in future. Thus the scope of the new course would be to provide training in the knowledge domain so that the trained manpower can straight away become efficient resources in the industry. Faculty A unique, experienced set of persons from the Industry and The University would be engaging classes. The state-of-the-art theory supplemented by practical sessions would be offered to the students. The students would be given hands on experience in software tools on knowledge engineering.

Duration : is a one year Post Graduate diploma course.

Eligibility/Qualification : Graduates in Engineering / Technology, Medicine ( BDS, BAMS, BHMS ), Post Graduates in Science, Applied Sciences, Agriculture, Library Science, Commerce, Tourism, Management from Universities recognized by the University of Kerala with not less than 55% marks for the qualifying examination. Students appearing for final semester examination may also apply.

ow to apply Application can be obtained directly from the Head, Department of Futures Studies by producing a DD for Rs. 250/- from SBT/SBI/Dist. Co-operative bank drawn in favour of the Finance Officer, University of Kerala or a University chalan for Rs. 250/-. A self-addressed stamped envelope for Rs. 10/- should be sent along with the request for obtaining the application by post. Application form can also be downloaded from the University website. The completed application should reach the Head of the Department on or before 04-09-2015. Fee Structure The total course fee is Rs. 15105/- Semester I - Rs. 8255/- Semester II - Rs. 5350/- Department Development Fund - Rs. 1500/-

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M.Phil Programme in Future Studies

The ongoing M.Phil programme in Futures Studies has been based on the syllabi and curriculum developed by UGC (1989) and it spreads over three semesters of two semesters course work and the final semester dissertation work. But with the reformulated/revised regulation for the M.Phil, by the Kerala university, the duration of the M.Phil programme has been made one calendar year (with two semesters of six months each), U.O.No.Acad.L.3855/R/97 dated 18-11-1997. Now, to make the M.Phil in Futures Studies in conformity with the revised university regulations of M.Phil programme, the Board of studies has decided to make the duration of M.Phil programme in Futures Studies to be one year ( with two semesters of six months each). Also considering the interdisciplinary nature of the M.Phil programme in Futures Studies, the Board of studies has decided to have three papers (including one elective from the discipline in which the candidate has got master's degree) and the second semester shall be fully devoted to dissertation work as suggested by the revised regulations. The marks will be distributed as: Written examination : 300 marks Dissertation : 300 marks Viva-voce : 100 marks Total : 700 marks The grading of results etc. shall be done as in the existing scheme proposed by UGC. The M.Phil programme in Futures Studies makes students capable to do (undertake) independent project/research works, especially, interdisciplinary research using computer and IT tools.

Duration : The programme shall spread over two semesters (one year)

Eligibility/Qualification : Candidates for admission to the M.Phil. course in Futures Studies shall possess Masters degree in Applied Sciences and Technology/Science/Engineering/Applied Sciences/Engineering and Technology. There will be a total intake of 10 students. Selection Procedure Eligible applicant for admission shall be required to take an entrance test of one and a half hour covering objective type questions.

How to Apply Application in the prescribed form should reach the Head, Department of Futures Studies, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram � 34, before the last date as notified in the advertisement. Candidates may enclose attested copies of the documents to prove their age and qualifications along with their application. SC/ST candidates are requested to support the application with copies of the relevant certificates. 5. Fee Structure 1. Application Registration Fee Rs.150/- 2. Tuition Fee Rs.2,000/- 3. Laboratory fee (per sem) Rs.200/- 4. Stationery fee (per sem) Rs.150/- 5. Library fee Rs.100/- 6. Caution deposit Rs.750/- 7. Medical exam. fee Rs.10/- 8. Sports and games fee Rs.75/- 9. Students Aid Fund Rs.20/- 10 University Union fee Rs.50/- 11. Women�s study unit fund Rs.10/- 12. Departments union fee Rs.40/- 13. Magazine fee Rs.30/- 14. Quasi University fee Rs.150/- 15. Group personal Accidents Insurance Policy Rs.15/- 16. Sports Affiliation fee Rs.50/- 17. Audio Visual fee Rs.10/- 18. Students affiliation fee Rs.400/- 19. Examination fee Rs.400/- 20. Department Development Fund Rs. 1500/- Total fee for one year : Rs. 4820/- 6. Course Structure The first semester course work cover three papers (including one elective from the master discipline in which the candidate has got the master degree). Paper I (Interdisciplinary Research Methods). Paper II (Computer Application for Research) and Paper III (Elective). The second semester shall be fully devoted to dissertation work on some topics having relevance to the master discipline of the candidate.

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Ph.D Programme

Eligibility/Qualification : Admission for Ph.D. registration shall be made on the basis of an entrance test conducted by the University of Kerala. No candidate shall be allowed to apply for the test unless he/she has secured 55% marks and above for his/her qualifying P.G. degree examination. SC/ST candidates shall be given a relaxation of 10% marks in science and 15% marks in other subjects. However, one seat in each subject shall be reserved for SC/ST provided they qualify in the test. A relaxation of 5% marks shall be allowed to candidates with 10 years teaching experience. Candidates who have qualified U.G.C./C.S.I.R/ G.A.T.E. test or who possess an M.Phil Degree by research and thesis shall be exempted from the test. University/ College teachers with seven years teaching experience are exempted from the Entrance Test. Candidates with DM/M.Ch. Degrees is also exempted from appearing for Ph.D Entrance Test. Research shall be carried out by a Research Scholar in the Department under an approved Research Guide or Guides.

Seats : Total seats 20

2. Application for Entrance test/Registration Application for registration shall be made in the prescribed form and in the manner prescribed so as to reach the office on or before the date notified by the University. 3. Selection Application for admission as Research Scholar received on or before the prescribed date shall be scrutinized by the Departmental Doctoral Committee. Selected candidates shall join the Department within one month of the receipt of the intimation regarding registration of the candidates from the University. However, the Departmental Doctoral Committee shall be competent to grant an extension of one month in exceptional cases. 4. Part-Time Research (a) Part-time PhD registration shall be restricted to teachers of the University in the concerned subjects and to those persons engaged in research institutions provided they should qualify the entrance test. (b) In exceptional cases based on the recommendation of the Doctoral Committee the Syndicate may allow persons other than teachers in affiliated colleges to register as part-time research scholars provided they should qualify the entrance test. Part-time Research Scholars other than those working and/or residing in the head quarters of the supervising teacher should spend a period of at least six months at a stretch or in not more than three installments at the Centre for Research before they are allowed to submit the thesis. The Head of the centre for research should furnish a certificate showing that the candidate has worked in his institution at the time of submission of the thesis. (c) On the recommendation of the supervising teacher, the Doctoral Committee may consider the request by a candidate for conversion of registration from full-time to part-time or vice-versa and make appropriate recommendations to the University. (d) Candidates applying for registration to do part-time research shall produce along with the application a 'No Objection Certificate' (NOC) from the employer concerned. 5. Inter-Disciplinary Research Candidates intending to do research on topics of an interdisciplinary nature may have a joint supervising Teacher if the Doctoral Committee so recommends. 6. Supervision of Research Work a) Research shall be undertaken by a scholar under the guidance of an approved supervising Teacher. b) A Research scholar working under a particular supervising Teacher who has retired from service may continue to work in the same institution under the guidance of the same supervising Teacher, subject to the discipline of the institution. c) The number of research scholars under a supervising Teacher should not exceed ten, whether full-time or part-time. The maximum number of candidates permitted to work under different categories of Research Guides are as follows: 1. Those working in University Departments - 10 2. Those working in recognised research institutions - 8 3. Those working in recognised departments of affiliated colleges - 5 4. Those retired from service and others - 5 d) The Supervising Teacher shall not be an immediate relative of the candidate. 7. Periodical Review of the Work The Doctoral Committee shall review the work of the research scholar in the Department once in six months and record its decision and report the matter to the University. 8. Period of Research The minimum period of research required by a candidate for submission of the thesis from the date of registration shall be two years for M.Phil/M.Ed./M.Sc. Engineering Degree holders and three years for others. The maximum period of research shall be five years for full time and eight years for part-time after which period the registration shall automatically lapse. However, the maximum period of research for part-time candidates in Physical Education, Management Studies and Applied Science in six years. 9. Restriction of Employment A full-time research scholar is not allowed to engage himself/herself in any employment either full-time or part-time. 10. Change of the Topic of Research Based on the recommendations of the Doctoral Committee, the Syndicate may permit a research scholar to change the topic of research within one year from the date of registration. 11. Change of the Title of Thesis Modifications of the title of the thesis may be effected on the recommendations of the supervising Teacher and the Head of the Department, with the approval of the Vice-Chancellor, any time before the submission of the thesis. 12. Change of the Supervising Teacher The syndicate shall be competent to allow the change of a supervising Teacher in extraordinary cases at the request of the candidate and on recommendation of the Doctoral Committee.