CMS College Kottayam diligently promotes research among the students, scholars as well as faculty members by adopting notable methods and strategies. The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) is the apex body that integrates the specified functions of the following multiple committees:

  • Finance & Infrastructure Committee
  • Research Policy Committee
  • Collaboration & Consultancy Committee
  • Product Development and Commercialisation Committee
  • Ethical Committee

The research policy instated by the college is comprised of Research Promotion Policy, Research Quality and Plagiarism Check Policy, Research Grant Policy, Research Ethics Policy, Research Consultancy Policy, and Research Collaboration Policy.

The Research Promotion Policy of the college has devised eminent plans like giving numerous resources to the researchers to vitalize and upgrade their skills and abilities in order to conduct and produce outstanding research papers. The college constantly upgrades the infrastructure facilities and provides financial aid to assist the scholars in the smooth conduct of the research without any hindrances. The huge library of the college gives access to the materials required for carrying out the research effectively.

Principles of the Research Promotion Policy

  • Encourage and support faculty in taking up challenging research and development problems to strengthen research culture.
  • Endeavor’s to provide financial assistance to full-time scholars without any additional financial support or fellowships to ensure that they face no difficulties from the beginning to the end. 
  • Apply for the schemes and policies announced by the state as well as central organizations promoting research in order to enhance the research facilities on a quotidian basis.
  • Faculty members are encouraged to apply for patents. They are moreover, given financial aid to proceed with the patent application. 
  • Possesses a treasure of services with regard to research in labs and centres for research, enabling both the students and teachers to easily access those amenities and services on a regular basis in a cost-effective manner. 
  • Both the faculties as well as the students are given opportunities to attend various seminars, workshops, and courses that are dealing with the nuances of research to help them expand their knowledge regarding research.
  • Provide an opportunity to implement project-based learning so as to expose undergraduates to real-world problems and case studies.
  • Faculty members are encouraged to conduct collaborative research with well-known institutions around the world and also to take up editorial duties.
  • Emphasizes research ethics and moral values while carrying out research through seminars and by using plagiarism-checking software like Turnitin which checks for the authenticity of the research papers. 
  • The Research Promotion Policy is always indulged in its efforts to upgrade the atmosphere for research and to motivate the students and faculty members to create eminent research outputs.


The Research Quality and Plagiarism Check Policy of the college ensures that every work or research conducted by everyone in the college is free from plagiarism. 


  1. UGC has recently issued guidelines on the above subject vide its gazette notification of 23 July 2018; whereas, assessment of academic and research work done leading to the partial fulfilment for the award of degrees at Undergraduate, Post -Graduate, and Research level, by a student or a faculty or a researcher or a staff, in the form of thesis, dissertation, and publication of research papers, chapters in books, full-fledged books, and any other similar work, reflects the extent to which elements of academic integrity and originality are observed in various relevant processes adopted by the University. 
  2. The said guidelines necessitate that the College undertakes steps essential to enforce Academic integrity in the Academic work being done in the institution.


  1. The definitions as given in UGC regulations, shall apply. However, some important ones are reproduced below:

 (a) “Academic Integrity” is the intellectual honesty in proposing, performing, and reporting any activity, which leads to the creation of intellectual property; 

(b) “School Academic Integrity Panel” shall mean the body constituted at the school level to investigate allegations of plagiarism; 

(c) “University Academic Integrity Panel” shall mean the body constituted at the University level to consider recommendations of the School academic integrity panel and take appropriate decisions in respect of allegations of plagiarism and decide on penalties to be imposed. In exceptional cases, it shall investigate allegations of plagiarism at the University level;

 (d) “Plagiarism” means the practice of taking someone else’s work or idea and passing them as one’s own. 

(e) “Script” includes a research paper, thesis, dissertation, chapters in books, full-fledged books, and any other similar work, submitted for assessment/opinion leading to the award of master and research level degrees or publication in print or electronic media by students or faculty or researcher or staff of an HEI; however, this shall exclude assignments/term papers/project reports/coursework/essays and answer scripts, etc.

 (f) “Source” means the published primary and secondary material from any source whatsoever. 

Scope of Policy

  1. This policy and procedures thereto, aim to describe the steps instituted by the College to curbing academic dishonesty and research misconduct in the form of:

 (a) Plagiarism: – Includes incorporating quotation(s) or paraphrasing from the work of another person (s) without acknowledgment and Copying or representing or submitting the work of another person as one’s own.

(b) Cheating: Attempting to gain unfair advantage in an assessment by dishonest means and includes cheating in an examination, soliciting or receiving information, or providing information to, another student or any other unauthorized source through written and printed material, including electronic and digital sources and devices, with the intent to deceive while completing an examination.

 (c) Misinterpretation of research and publication: Fabrication, falsification of research work, research publications as book chapters, journal articles, and/or conference publications. (d) Utilizing Previously submitted work: Submitting academic/research-related material that has been previously submitted in whole or in substantial part in another course, without prior and expressed consent of the mentor/ teacher.

  1. The policy shall not only be applicable for Post- Graduate and Ph. D degree documents but may also be extended to the Undergraduate programs 

Documents coming under Preview of Plagiarism Check/Exclusions and Levels

  1. The documents shall include the research paper, thesis, dissertation, chapters in books, full-fledged books, and any other similar work, submitted for assessment/opinion leading to the award of master and research-level degrees or publication in print or electronic media by students or faculty or researcher or staff of CMS College; however, this shall exclude assignments/ term papers/project reports/ coursework/essays and answer scripts, etc.

Levels of Plagiarism: would be quantified into the following levels in ascending order of severity for the purpose of its definition: 

(a) Level 0: Similarities up to 10% 

(b) Level 1: Similarities above 10% to 20% 

(c) Level 2: Similarities above 20%

Plagiarism Norms in the submission of Ph. D thesis and P.G dissertation

  1. The maximum percentage of plagiarism to be waived in Ph. D thesis and P.G dissertations shall be 20% and below (Level 1)
  2. Similarities above 20% shall be asked to resubmit the manuscript
  3. Each student / Scholar shall put the original report on the percentage of plagiarism countersigned by the Supervising Teacher as the second page of their thesis (after the title page).

Plagiarism Norms in the case of Academic and Research Publications

  1. In the case of academic and research publications, the maximum percentage of similarity to be waived is up to 10% (Level 0).

Research carried out by paying proper heed to ethics is always nurtured and regarded as a valid one and therefore, ensuring ethics in research is an inescapable responsibility of every institution. Submission to the laws, norms, as well as morals in research, is irrevocable. Each student and teacher undertaking research is expected to follow a strict pattern of ethics to ensure that their research is qualified on moral grounds. The Research Ethics policy of the CMS College (Autonomous) Kottayam takes crucial steps to exemplify the role of ethics in research by providing proper instructions and guidelines to the students and research guides. The Research Ethics Committee of the college performs as the apex body that deals with everything in connection to research based on ethics. The Research Ethics Policy of the college endeavors to promote research that pays strict attention to the laws. It is bound to make sure that the students and the research guides abide by the rules and maintain an expected decorum and fulfill their responsibilities in order to ensure that the basic human rights of every living being are respected and preserved. 

                                  Prior to the commencement of the research, every student and their guides are responsible for properly going through the rules as well as the laws connected to their specific research areas to make sure that they follow them while carrying out their research. Regardless of the research areas, the students are expected to follow the rules in cases like dealing with the personal data of others, conducting research using living beings, dealing with perilous substances in research etc. With the realization that maintaining ethics while conducting research helps in magnifying the morality of the students, The Research Ethics Policy lists the responsibilities and roles that are expected to be performed not only by the scholars but also by the research guides. The scholars are expected to respect the opinions and suggestions of their guides while carrying out their research. The guides are expected to create a friendly environment for the scholars so that they can clear their doubts and access the assistance of the guides without hindrances. The guides are also responsible for devising as well as fabricating the tasks with regard to research while also ensuring the impartial assigning of roles to the scholars. To clarify the doubts of the scholars, mentors have to expand and upgrade their knowledge on a regular basis on various research subjects. The scholars are expected to carry out their research with strong commitment, zeal, and perseverance. They also have to perform their responsibilities as a scholar by paying utmost importance to authenticity and truthfulness. 

                                  The Research Ethics Policy ensures that the scholars as well as their publications are free from all malpractices by constantly making the students aware of the strict punishments associated with the violation of laws and practices. The practice of taking credit for others’ works and making their accomplishments one’s own and even copying their research ideas and sentences in one’s own research, namely plagiarism is regarded as a huge misconduct and is strictly prohibited. In addition to that, all practices of degrading, demeaning, teasing, and threatening others in a way of hurting their emotions are also regarded as strong malpractice. The research resources and materials have to be dealt with utmost care. The negligence as well as the improper use and waste of resources are all severe misconduct. The negligence in following ethics in research is never excused and is dealt with punishments therefore the scholars are expected to upgrade their knowledge regarding laws. The punishments for the misconduct are decided as per the gravity of it. Slight misconducts are usually handled through warnings and charging fines and benefits as well as the advantages given as a research scholar are taken away if needed. Unlike those punishments, severe misconducts are dealt with suspension and can go up to the expulsion of the person involved in the malpractice. The Research Ethics Committee of CMS College (Autonomous) Kottayam is constantly taking measures to ensure ethics in research.

CMS College Kottayam (Autonomous) is on a serious mission to create a better world through research, publications, and consultancy activities. The faculty members of the college have been rendering consultancy services to Industry, Corporate Business Units, NGOs, Media, and various other sectors in both remunerative and non-remunerative manner. They will thus have the privilege of consulting with both public and private entities, whether national or international. It is our belief that such activities would eventually contribute to the professional development and stature of the faculty member and that of the college as well. Eventually, these may also lead to innovations and protection of Intellectual Property (IP). The benefit from such collaboration may get enhanced through the professional expertise of the collaborators, and the establishment of long-lasting professional contacts, associations, and relationships. 

Consultancy activity within CMS College Kottayam is often associated with other contractual relationships, including research, and service contracts. It is therefore the policy of CMS College to encourage staff to engage in consultancy wherever appropriate and in a manner that is consistent with their contractual responsibilities. This document draws policy guidelines with regard to the consultancy activities of faculty members.

  1. Consultancy- Meaning and Scope

CMS College Kottayam (Autonomous) adopts the UGC definition of consultancy as: 

“The provision of expert advice and work crucially depends on a high degree of intellectual input which is for commercial or non-commercial purpose and without the creation of new knowledge. Consultancy may be carried out either by academic staff or by members of staff who are not on academic contracts such as senior university staff or administrative/ support staff hired for a short duration.”

The college uses a broad definition of what constitutes consultancy. Its essential features are: 

2.1.1 Consultancy is work of a professional nature, undertaken by college staff in their field of expertise, for clients outside the institution, for which some financial return is provided; 

2.1.2 Unlike research, it does not have as a prime purpose of generation of new knowledge; 

2.1.3 Consultancy will produce some form of contracted output which may be partly or wholly owned by the client;

2.1.4 It tends to be governed by short-term contracts, making minimal use of college resources, and involves extra work for existing staff rather than the employment of new staff.

2.2 Excluded from the above definitions: 

This policy does not apply to those activities, paid or unpaid, which are in furtherance of scholarship or general dissemination of knowledge, such as: 

2.2.1 Authorship of, or royalties from, the publication of books 

2.2.2 External examiner duties 

2.2.3 Lecture tours and conference presentations or attendance 

2.2.4 Editorship of academic journals or the publication of academic articles

2.2.5 Professional arts performances

2.2.6 Any other research activities mentioned under the research and publication policy for which monetary incentives are applicable

2.2.7 Core teaching or teaching-related activities within the institution.

  1. Eligibility

The policy permits eligible faculty members to offer their services on a consultancy basis for up to a maximum of 30 days in total through permitted routes in any 12-month period. Nominally 30 days may be interpreted as “30 working days or parts thereof” and does not include consulting done as part of core Faculty activity. However, it is recognised that working within the college environment sometimes may involve weekends or unusual patterns of work. Thus the interpretation of the 30-day rule shall lay with the management whose decision is final.

  1. Conflict of Interest

Faculty undertaking Consultancy activity must ensure that:

  • The consultancy work does not create a conflict of interest with the Faculty member’s regular work schedule in the college
  • The work is marginal rather than core to the research programme of the Faculty
  1. Income-Sharing Policy
  • The income that the consultancy assignment brings in shall be divided among the faculty member and the College in the ratio of 60:40; or 80:20 depending on the contract between the College and the faculty member.
  • This division shall be done after the administrative expenses have been deducted from the total remuneration.
  • If a faculty member is instrumental in bringing in a program or assignment which the College allocates to another faculty member, then 5% of the total value of the assignment shall be paid to the faculty member who brought in the project.
  • If the assignment comes through the College, then, 5% of the total value of the assignment shall be allocated to the College.
  • In the case of an assignment where more than one faculty member is involved, there shall be a coordinator who either volunteers or is appointed by the Principal. The coordinator shall get 5% of the amount after deducting the administrative expenses
  • If the coordinator is also involved in delivering the consultancy assignment, apart from his/her role as coordinator, he/she is eligible for his/her share of remuneration in addition to the amount that is distributed to the coordinator.
  • All the members involved in the consulting assignment shall be equally compensated with the remaining amount.
  • If a faculty member brings the assignment, and also coordinates it, he/she shall be eligible for 10% of the amount (5% for bringing the assignment and 5% for coordinating the activity)
  • If it is a training assignment, where other faculty members are included, the amount shall be distributed as per workload, where the remuneration shall not be less than Rs. 3000/- per hour for junior faculty (less than 10 years of industry/academic experience), and Rs. 5000/- per hour for senior faculty. The College may, from time to time, revise these rates. Such an amount shall be counted as part of administrative expenses.

The robust research culture of CMS College Kottayam (Autonomous) prioritises and promotes collaboration with various government, non-government, industry, and community-based organisations at international, national, and local levels. The reciprocal sharing of knowledge, skill, expertise, and resources through such collaborative research engagements aims at enhancing quality and productivity resulting in the creation of new knowledge that benefits society. The research collaboration of the college is specifically focused on three distinct areas that are:

  1. Academic and Research institutions
  2. Industry and Corporate Sector 
  3. Community and Cultural field

Through collaborations, the college will work to preserve and increase access to funding and networks to undertake research, both small- and large-scale as well as to ensure that our research and education will spread far and wide. For that purpose, special initiatives are taken at the college level as well as department level to sign MoU with various institutes and companies to undertake research projects, conduct seminars, offer internships, provide skill training, offer placements, research publications, etc. 

Objectives of Collaboration

-To improve mobility opportunities for students, and support the role of our staff and students in an interconnected world. 

-To equip the students to be industry professionals through internships and training programmes. 

-To raise the profile of research and teaching internationally.

-To capitalise and generate uncontested innovative ideas and outputs through strategic collaborative research.

-To promote cross-skilling through Inter-departmental, Intra-institutional, and industry partnerships.

-To take up social responsibility by sharing expertise with the community

-To inform, empower and mobilise alumni to become more involved in support of the College.

– To improve the breadth and depth of public engagement through events and programmes delivered through various collaborators.

-To support and expand job opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students including internships and on-course opportunities to study, undertake research or gain work experience.

-To collaborate with various industries for the implementation of specific research projects as part of their corporate social responsibility activities.

Various ways in which collaboration work include:

  • Conducting seminars and events 
  • Sponsoring research, doctoral research, or joint collaborations
  • Offering internships to students during or on completion of the prescribed course
  • Corporate Training
  • Skill development certification programmes and Professional courses
  • Instituting awards for students
  • Offering consultancies to faculty, researchers, or students 
  • Offering market research projects 
  • Producing research publications
  • Recruiting graduates of the College
  • Funding projects through CSR 
  • ‘Earn while you learn’ programme
  • Product-oriented research projects. 


Apart from all the infrastructure facilities provided, the college also extends financial assistance to the faculties to promote research. The college has its Research Seed Money Grant (R.E. Newton Research Grant) to financially assist faculty members to promote and encourage them to take up more promising research assignments and attract external funding.

Objectives of Seed Money Grant Policy

  • To instil a spirit of lifelong Teaching and Learning 
  • To promote professional and personal development through self-awareness
  • To aid teachers in fulfilling their duties of providing valuable educational experiences to their students.
  • To assist faculties who have the potential and competence to engage in various research themes.
  • To create sustainability in research.
  • To attract external funding through pilot projects.
  • To motivate students to engage in research.

The purpose of the grant is to provide seed money to conduct research by the faculty members and thereby avail further research grants from government and non-government external agencies. The grant amount will be fixed on the basis of the proposals. Shortlisted proposals will be selected on the basis of the evaluation of a panel of referees appointed by the institution. The institution always makes sure that all deserving applicants receive the grant.

 The Seed Grant Policy works with a set of aims to which new ones are added on a regular basis. It is solely concerned with the successful accomplishment of those objectives. The Policy aims to build a proper and more enhanced space for conducting research activities, to provide one on one guidance for research, etc. This enhanced environment attempts to support the faculty members. With the realisation that, apart from the financial aid distributed on behalf of the college, the grants and funds for research from the external funding agencies are crucial for better outputs, the policy aims to motivate the faculty members to organise projects, to check the quality of the proposals to augment its significance in an international level.

In addition to Seed Money for teachers aspiring to do research, the college provides various incentives with the prime motive of promoting rigorous research. As a part of causing a surge in the publication of research papers, the self-finance departments of the college augments the salary of the faculty members who publish their research papers. Awards are given to the students and faculties to honour them on the completion of their Ph.D. A certificate of appreciation is given to the research guides of the scholars who successfully complete their Ph.D. Moreover, innovation awards as well as lifetime achievement awards are distributed to promote research outputs. The Seed Money Grant Policy along with other financial support facilities aims to foster research among the students as well as the faculty members.