Trivandrum: The Kerala University has launched a dedicated web portal for research activities. This new facility was inaugurated by the Minister for Industries & IT, Shri P K Kunhalikutty on November 01, 2012 at Thiruvananthapuram. All processes related to doing research work in the university, from the application for research to the evaluation of doctoral theses, can be done through this portal.
In his address, the Minister said that universities play a major role in imparting new ideas to the society. Research was the key to accelerating the progress of society. The society also viewed universities as repositories of new ideas. He added that the portal was a gift from the university in tune with the fast-paced world of IT.
A Jayakrishnan, Vice-Chancellor, Kerala University said that the portal launch is one more step in the university’s target to become a paperless institution in the next five years. “The portal will be a one-stop shop for all the research needs of scholars, their guides and the university administration. Once it becomes functional, the portal will handle every research-related function from submission of the application by a candidate to the open defence”, he added.
The portal which has been designed by the Kerala University Computer Centre was approved by the Syndicate in November 2011. The portal also provides space for research guides to publish all their academic details. There is facility to generate registration memos, process applications relating to course work, general hall tickets and pass certificates. The research site can also be used to disburse the fellowship of research scholars.
From January, 2013, fresh applications for research in Kerala University will be accepted online through the portal. Once an application is accepted, the system will forward it to the doctoral committee and the status of the application will be intimated to the candidate by email.
The anti-plagiarism software is a major feature of this portal which will help the research students and the university authorities alike, by detecting unintended and intended copying.
Recently, Kerala University had launched an online degree verification system using which an employer can check the authenticity of certificates or mark lists submitted by a job-seeker.
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