Sophisticated analytical instruments are important for advanced research in basic sciences today. Such instruments are expensive and are not affordable to all research centers, especially to arts and science colleges like our college, individually. Moreover, these instruments are of inter/multidisciplinary utility and thus it is desirable to use them on sharing basis for their effective utilization. We have taken novel efforts in making these facilities available open to many people in academics ensuring the effective utilization of the public exchequer. The Department of Science and Technology has sanctioned FIST (Fund for the Improvement of Science and Technology) fund of Rs. 45,00,000 (Rupees Forty Five Lakhs) to the Department of Chemistry of this institution during 2008-2012 and another DST-FIST support of Rs. 75,75,000/- (Rupees Seventy Five Lakh Seventy Five Thousand) has been received by the science departments of the institution during 2015-2015. Financial aids of Rs. 2,10,63,000/- (Rupees Two Crore Ten Lakh and Sixty Three Thousand) and Rs. 3,00,00,000/- (Rupees Three Crore) have been sanctioned by the Department of Higher Education, Govt. of Kerala in the financial years 2018-19 and 2019-20 respectively, for setting up a centralized Common Instrumentation Facility. By utilizing all these funds, our college has set up an instrumentation lab with a wide range of major and minor equipment. Sophisticated analytical instruments are provided to researchers in general, especially from the institutions which do not have access to such instruments. This enables them to pursue R & D activities requiring such facilities and to keep pace with developments taking place in the field. The facilities thus provided are utilized by about 500 users every year from various academic and research institutions and industries in and outside the state. Thus the aim of the practice is summarized as,
- To provide measurements through the scientific instruments to the scientific community of our college and other institutes and industries.
- To use the nominal fee collected for providing the facility for the maintenance of all scientific instruments in the college.
- To utilize these instruments to enhance collaborative research.
- To enhance the quality of Undergraduate and Post Graduate research projects.