The Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Thiruvananthapuram is likely to be converted into a national level research institute. The Union Minister of State for Human Resources Development Shashi Tharoor has informed this on 14th November 2012.
The CUSAT will be converted into a leading science education and research institute under the purview of MHRD, Govt. of India. The Kerala Government has already submitted a proposal to this effect requesting the MHRD to take CUSAT an Indian Institute for Education, Science and Research (IIESR).
The basic procedures for making the reputed CUSAT at IIESR have been initiated by HRD. It is a long procedure which involves working out of finacials. The final proposal will be placed before
Parliament and the same has to be passed by Cabinet.