Department of Youth Welfare
കൊച്ചി ശാസ്ത്ര സാങ്കേതിക സർവ്വകലാശാല

Started in 1978, the Department of Youth Welfare is a formal platform in the university to design and implement youth policy which includes the issues related to motivation, participation, promotion and socio-economic and cultural settings within which young people grow up. The Department will act as a driving force for the student and youth community to epitomise their academic excellence through doing and learning. The Department is conducting short-term training programs in the areas of arts, soft skills, and personality development with an objective of achieving 5 C’s – Competence, Creativity, Confidence, Compassion, and Communication.

Our History

The long-cherished desire of the elite of the Greater Cochin for an independent Federal University with an emphasis on Science and Technology was fulfilled by the enacting of the Cochin University Act in 1972 by the Legislative Assembly of the Kerala State.  Once the University was formed the student community of the new University began to feel the urgent need for a common platform to promote their corporate social and cultural life.  The first act of the University of Cochin in 1972 emphasized on starting of institutions like the student’s advisory bureau, University extension boards, students’ cultural and debating societies, national service scheme, national cadet corps, university athletic clubs, etc.

Following the first act, the syndicate of the university held on 04.11.1978 considered the item of starting of Youth Welfare Department along with the recommendation of the standing committee and resolved to start the Department of Youth Welfare in the University. It is also resolved to appoint Shri. N. Chandrasekhara Pillai School of Management Studies as the first Director. The Sports Meet and Youth festival was conducted under the auspices of Department of Youth Welfare.  The competitions were conducted zone-wise.  A Physical Education Officer was appointed on 05th February 1983 and the Department of Physical Education started as a separate entity in 1991.   University teachers were given charge of the Director till 1990. Shri. Austin Joseph was appointed as the first full-time Director, Students Welfare in 1990 and he joined in service on 24.08.1990. A Unit of National Service Scheme started on the campus in 1992, as the Director, Students Welfare as the first co-ordinator. After his retirement on 31.03.2002, teachers from various departments were given charge of the Director and NSS developed as a separate wing under the programme coordinator. Dr. P K Baby joined the service on 9th July 2009 as the second full-time Director.

Create sense of values and social life among youth and students through inculcating democratic, scientific and constructive thinking for physical and mental health.

We aim integrated youth development through

  • Educating student youth on various domains of academic knowledge related to personality, skill development, cultural studies, gender issues, environmental management and other relevant areas of interest.
  • Offer Short term Courses / Training programmes / orientation programmes / motivation sessions / camps.
  • Conducting extension/outreach services.
  • Providing advocacy services for students.
  • Coordinating students’ arts and cultural activities.
  • Conducting academic and action research in the areas of social, cultural, economic and political domains.
  • Facilitate both tangible and intangible welfare programmes and procedures.
  • Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Skills for 21 century
  • Creating Values: scientific temper
  • Societal Intervention and Cultural Exchange
  • Student Advocacy Services (SAS)
  • Creating Global Exposure (GE)
  • Student Social Responsibility (SSR)
  • Competence in Arts and Culture
  • Youth Research
  • Green Room: Cultivating Creativity – skill development workshop
  • Monsoon Madness: Experiencing Nature – nature camp
  • Back Village: Education through Experience
  • Frames: Photography/editing workshops
  • Sound of Music: Music Workshop
  • Theatre/acting Workshops
  • Popular Science lecture series
  • South Zone & All India Inter-University Youth Festivals
  • CUSAT Model United Nations
  • Technical workshops

The department examines different living conditions and settings of young people in the interest of university and society at large, as well as specific aspects, in an academic as well as applied interest. It will undertake academic and applied projects / surveys with the financial aid of UGC / AICTE and various national and international agencies without any financial liability to the university.

The department will provide assistance to various departments in connection with placements. Keep records of all placement activities in university as a whole and promote inter Departmental relations with respect to placements.