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Saturday, Jan 09, 2010
‘Keralites obsessed with professional courses’

Kochi: Education Minister M. A. Baby said here on Thursday that the obsession of Kerala society for professional education will very soon create a precarious situation in the State.

In his presidential address at the launch of ‘Erudite’, a scholars-in residence programme, initiated by the government at the Cochin University of Science and Technology here, he said that parents aspire a lot for sending their students for professional courses in engineering and medicine. But many students, especially the talented ones, still opt for other courses including basic sciences and humanities, he said.
Highlighting the initiatives being made by the government in improving the quality of higher education, Mr. Baby said the introduction of choice-based credit and semester system in universities has ushered in a significant change in the higher education sector.

In his keynote address on the occasion, K. N. Panikkar, Vice Chairman of the State Higher Education Council, said that the soul of the idea of reforming the higher education sector in the State is to introduce the idea of academic freedom for teachers and students.

Referring to the re-structuring of undergraduate education in the State, Dr. Panikkar said that the council had initiated multi-disciplinary education aimed at exposing students to multi-disciplinary knowledge in various fields.

Joy Job Kulavelil, Syndicate member of Cochin University of Science and Technology, welcomed the gathering while N. Chandramohanakumar, Registrar, proposed a vote of thanks on the occasion. Godfrey Louis, Pro Vice Chancellor, and Kishan Dholakia, faculty of St. Andrews University at Scotland, spoke.
Courtesy: The Hindu
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