G. Krishnakumar

It will be developed into an accredited unit

  • Project proposes to enhance university-industry interaction
  • Memorandum of Understanding to be signed soon

    KOCHI: Giving a boost to industry-academia collaboration, the Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) has decided to actively consider a proposal to take over the management of J.J. Murphy Research Centre at the Rubber Park at Irapuram in Ernakulam district.

    The move comes after the Rubber Park authorities approached Cusat with a proposal to upgrade the centre into an internationally accredited testing and certification centre. Rubber Park has included a budgetary provision of Rs.2 crore for developing the centre.

    Cusat Vice-Chancellor P.K. Abdul Azis told The Hindu that the proposal would be placed before the Syndicate for approval. He said the Department of Polymer Science and Technology would manage the centre.

    According to the project proposal, Cusat will maintain, operate and manage the centre. It will finalise the selection of equipment and float global tenders for its procurement. Rubber Park will support the initiative. Cusat will pay a royalty to Rubber Park from the operational income generated by the centre.

    The tariff for all the tests/certifications will be on a par with national laboratories and Rubber Board standards in order to make it more attractive to the industry. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed between Cusat and Rubber Park once the Syndicate approves the proposal.

    Dr. Azis said the objective of the proposal was to create more interaction between the university and industry. Researchers and students of Cusat will be able to use the facilities available at the centre. The proposal has suggested that graduate, postgraduate and doctoral students of the Department of Polymer Science and Technology could spend at least one semester at the centre as part of their curriculum. They can also propose ideas for solving various problems faced by the industry.

    Both Cusat and Rubber Park hope to utilise the funds from the Department of Science and Technology to develop the centre. Rubber Park has agreed to use its convention centre to hold interactive sessions between the academia and industry. J.J. Murphy Research Centre at Rubber Park functions as a testing and certification centre for both natural rubber and finished product. Testing requirements of all the units in the park can be done by taking full advantage of the facilities available here.