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Education in Kerala should address global demands: Tharoor

Posted on Dec 24, 05:55PM | UNI

Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor today stressed the need for quality in higher education in the state of Kerala to meet the growing demands of the global economy.

Delivering the keynote address on 'India's Higher Education Policy, organised by the Confederation of University Teachers Organisations, Kerala (CUTOK), he said India had one of the world's largest Higher Education system and ranked number two in student enrollment.

Despite the recent proliferation in the number of Higher Education institutions and student enrollment, India still had a lower Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) of 16 per cent compared to the global GER of 27 per cent, he said.

Mr Tharoor said the GER of US was 84 per cent and China 28 per cent. This forced Indian policy-makers to rely on quantity rather than quality.

However, Kerala was far ahead in this regard. In contrast to other states, Kerala could naturally emphasise on augmentation of existing infrastructural facilities and stress on quality education.

Recent studies had showed that only 64 per cent of the students passed out from Universities were employable. To address this issue, Universities should have better interface with the industry. Government was committed to implement recommendations of Narayan Murthy Committee in this regard. UGC 12 Five Year Plan also aimed to increase skilled work force.

The Minister also assured the immediate upgradation of CUSAT (Cochin University of Science and Technology) into IIEST (Indian Institute of Engineering, Science and Technology) prior to the commencement of the next academic year.

In its resolution CUTOK welcomed the Government's move to implement the UGC regulations vis-a-vis the appointment of Vice chancellors and pro-vice chancellors.

CUTOK also demanded stringent implementation of UGC Academic Performance Indicator (API) index for appointment as Associate Professors and Professors.