Thrissur, Sept 17: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said his Government wanted to convert the state into a global destination for higher studies with institutions of international standards.
Speaking after declaring St Thomas' College of Thrissur Catholic Archdiocese, as an autonomous college, he said it was most unfortunate that Kerala was lagging far behind in the higher education sector than other states.
It was not because educational institutions lacked proper facilities, but they were kept as 'caged birds' without giving opportunities for their growth and development. He said the days of stifling growth of higher education in the State on 'flimsy principles and ideologies' were over it would be depriving of the opportunities of higher education for the coming generation, and he said. [Kerala to set up Dubai like academic city]
It would be a great mistake if opportunities for higher education for the coming generation are denied, he said. It is the first college under Calicut University to have an autonomous status.