The project to set up an ‘Education City‘ with well-dispersed higher education zones in association with foreign varsities are again doing the rounds to bring education of international standards in the state. The proposal, previously dropped by the UDF government, has been renewed by LDF for further considerations.
The state education department has formed a committee led by AICTE Vice-Chairperson M P Poonia to conduct a survey and prepare a proposal report for advancing the concept of ‘Education City’ in Kerala. The new development will provide state-of-the-art education in collaboration with internationally acclaimed universities. Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala Chief Minister, is especially keen on exploring the proposal teaming up with academicians.
Other political organizations, however, stand at loggerheads with the move. “We are not against steps for improving the quality of education. But, there is no change in our stand against private universities and commercialisation of education. We have no reason to believe that the LDF government will deviate from the left policies… But, things are in fluid stage now, let there be concrete proposals and decisions, we will then definitely make our stand clear,” comments SFI State Secretary, Sachin Dev.
Former Ambassador and Higher Education Council Vice-Chairperson T P Sreenivasan has expressed hope in the project and congratulated the government saying, “However, unless you allow private universities to function intendedly, there is going to be no use for Education City. There should be a broad consensus on this project.”