The Cochin University of Science and Technology would set up three regional centres at Aruvithara, Alappuzha and Thiruvannathapuram. The university planned to launch L.L.B and B.Com. courses from these regional centres, said finance committee convenor Lopez Mathew.

In a bid to achieve academic excellence, Cusat would also introduce academic and administrative auditing and launch efforts to improve examination results following the formats prescribed by the University Grants Commission and the State government, a statement issued by the university said.

The announcement was made here during the course of the annual budget presentation on Saturday Lopez Mathew. The budget envisages a total revenue of Rs. 220.63 crore and an expenditure of Rs.233.96 crore. The revenue includes income from self-financing institutions under the university, the budget statement said. Without the income from the latter institutions, the deficit will be in the range of Rs.33 crore.

The university will also use Rs.5 crore obtained from the State government to implement total computerisation programme, that will include campus networking, documentation management system, biometric attendance registers, centralised admission and computerisation of the examination and finance departments. The university has launched discussions with the National Informatics Centre on these projects.

The university will launch a Rs.1.25-crore rain water harvesting project to tide over the heavy expenditure on account of buying water at commercial rates from Kerala Water Authority.

A technology business incubator is on the agenda. Tapping solar energy and establishing waste treatment facilities too have received emphasis on the budget, the press release said.

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