CM wants Kerala to become a global destination for studentsSeptember 17, 2014
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Tuesday said that his government wanted to change the state into a global destination for higher studies with institutions of international standards.
The minister also said that the process of elevating Cochin University of Science and Technology into an Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) is in its final stage.
The minister has report from the Central Expenditure Commission for its take-off.
The chief minister's announcement comes months after the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development made it clear that it has put the plan for more IIESTs on hold.
The idea was to improve the quality of the existing national institutes rather than increasing the number of institutions for higher education. He remarked that Kerala was lagging far behind in the higher education sector in comparison to other states not because educational institutions lacked proper facilities, but due to the lack of opportunities limiting growth and development for the students of the state.
The chief minister wants the state not only to multiply educational opportunities but also better infrastructure and facilities for turning into a global education destination.
The aim is not only to attract students from outside but also to check the outflow of students from Kerala to other states and abroad, he said. V.K. Ebrahim Kunju, Minister for Public Works, presided at the event.