Kerala to build centres of excellence offering niche courses

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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. File Photo: Manorama

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan vowed to start 30 centres of excellence in the higher education sector.

These centers would exist as independent entities even though they may be attached to the universities, the CM said after inaugurating the projects aimed at promoting the higher education field.

Even though these centers of excellence would be attached to universities, they wouldn’t be under the control of the universities. The centres would enjoy autonomy, the CM added.

Mr. Vijayan noted that even though Kerala is a frontrunner when it comes to offering high quality education, the state cannot completely fulfill the students’ desire to learn niche courses that suit the modern age. He pointed out lack of centers of excellence as the reason for this and the government is trying to rectify this.

The various commissions that have been appointed by the Kerala Higher Education Council have submitted their reports by compiling the various factors that act as barriers for the development of academics. The Chief Minister said that these reports are not meant to be locked in cabinets, but to be effectively implemented. He added that most of the problems in the higher education sector could be solved once these reports are implemented.

The Chief Minister also inaugurated the e-journal and the Braille Gyan projects that could be beneficial for the universities and other higher education institutes. He also distributed the certificates to accredited colleges.

He also laid the foundation stone of the head quarters of the Kerala State Higher Education Council.

Higher Education Minister R Bindu presided over the function.

VK Prashant MLA, Principal Secretary of the Higher Education Council Ishita Roy, Higher Education Council Vice Chairman Professor Rajan Gurukkal and Member Secretary Dr Rajan Varghese too attended the event.  

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