The Department of Polymer Science and Rubber Technology was instituted by the University in 1971 in collaboration with the Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII), Kottayam, recognizing the importance of natural rubber and its significance in the Indian economy. Research leading to Ph. D. was started in 1980. Till now 87 students have been awarded Ph.D. and 39 research scholars are on the rolls. Well qualifed members of faculty and state-of-the art facilites are the highlights of the Department. The total number of publications in International Journals from the Department has crossed 800. Professionals belonging to the past batches now adorn key positions in polymer industries and research institutions in India and abroad. The Department has been awarded a financial assistance of Rs 53 Lakh by the DST under the FIST programme. The Department has undertaken several research projects sponsored by DST, UGC, AICTE, BARC, NPOL, Vokswagen foundation, Germany etc. The Department has successfully concluded a three-year-long academic collaboration with the Technical University, Eindhoven and Twente University of The Netherlands. Three students have completed Ph.D. under this scheme.