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State Budget 2012-13 Gives Higher Education A Push

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Higher Education On A Large Share
The State Budget for 2012-13 envisages a push for the higher education sector. The allocation will help the Higher Education department meet its targets for enhancing quality education and adding much-needed infrastructure, says G.Krishnakumar.

The government has envisaged three major projects-establishment of a technological university; an academic city; and an Integrated Institute of Science and Technology- as part of its efforts to build up infrastructure in the budget presented by Finance Minister K.M.Mani in an Assembly.

A State award fund for universities; upgrade of 10 colleges as centres of excellence; and a “Walk with a scholar” project figure on the list of initiatives aimed at ensuring quality in the higher education sector in the state. By earmarking Rs.5 crore for the proposed Indian Institute of Technology in the state, the government has conveyed the message that it is keen to have the prestigious higher educational institution in Kerala at the earliest.

A detailed project report prepared by the Directorate of Technical Education says; the new university will consist of constituent colleges, autonomous affiliated colleges, and centres of research in thrust areas. A constituent college is one having representation in the management of the university and which is approves as a constituent college by the governing council of the university.

The aim is to promote flexible and effective governance, besides enhancing the quality of the learning and teaching process at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels with the help of a flexible credit-based modular system. Innovative practices by such colleges will also receive government support.

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