FLAIR – Fostering Linkages in Academic Innovation and Research is a programme under the new initiatives of Govt of Kerala. Raising the quality of Teaching-learning and Research through capacity building, is the motto of the programme and FLAIR aims at setting new standards in quality. It is aimed to embed a quality consciousness in the young faculty members through the various initiatives of the programme. The programme which started in 2013-14 academic year has now over 600 members who have benefitted from the different capacity building programmes. The scheme is anchored on academic innovation, research excellence and expert linkages.
The members of FLAIR are selected through many stages of Orientation programme, Induction Training, Evaluation of Portfolios and Proposals by the expert committee as well as Internship Interview. In addition to Internship programmes, Personality Development programmes, MOODLE Training, Short term training in National Institutions, assistance for foreign travel and Flair research Awards are introduced to promote Research among the FLAIR faculty members. This year FLAIR introduces a new programme called LEAD – Induction training for selected student representatives in Cardiff University.
Dr. Jasmine Maria Joseph, Dept of Chemistry got selected for collaborative visit to Southampton University, UK as part of FLAIR programme in February 2016. Muhammad Niyas K V, of Dept of Chemistry got selected for Advanced Nanofabrication Technologies at IISc Bangaluru in 2013