Cusat to launch integrated science courses

With an aim to prepare students for research

The Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) will start four five-year integrated science courses and one independent M.Sc. course from the next academic year.

The B.Sc.-M.Sc. course in mathematics, physics, chemistry and statistics will have 15 seats in each subject that will have two years common in the beginning. They will branch out to specific streams after two years.

While the students will be choosing the streams at the time of admission, they will have an option to switch if seats are available in other subjects and they meet certain academic criteria. Students will be selected to the courses based on the Common Admission Test conducted by Cusat. M.Sc. in microbiology will be another integrated independent course that will be available for students from the next academic year. The cut-off mark for the courses is 75% score in Plus Two or equivalent courses.

Speaking to the media on Monday, J. Letha, Vice Chancellor of the university, said that an exit option was also being considered for students after three years with a B.Sc. degree. Integrated courses in life sciences would be another course that would be considered once more faculty members in life science courses were made available, she said.

Science students are left with fewer pure science options such as what is now available at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, National Institute of Science Education and Research or Indian Institute of Science. The new courses will be structured in similar manner.

Preparing students for research will be the primary aim of the integrated science courses.

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