Chief minister of Kerala, Oommen Chandy told reporters after a cabinet meeting. An expert committee would be constituted to examine the applications forwarded by educational institutions that seek autonomous status.
The decision was in line with the announcement in the state budget for the year 2013-14 that the government would encourage arts, science and engineering colleges to get autonomous status.
This was part of Kerala's objective to improve the quality of higher education.
A total of Rs 15 crore had been earmarked in the budget to improve the basic physical infrastructure in Government and Aided Colleges and also for setting up of modern management systems to achieve autonomous status, he said.
One of the Reporters asked the question regarding private institutions, which are providing excellence in academic growth and infrastructure to wards the education in Kerala.
Chief Minister responded to the question and said, "The self-financing private educational institutions would not be considered for autonomous status now."
Chandy said UGC's target was to provide autonomous status to 10% of educational institutions in the country in the near future.
More than 150 engineering colleges present in Kerala. None of the them has received the autonomous status.
Following UGC's decision, 420 educational institutions under 79 Universities in 19 states had already obtained this status he said. But, so far Kerala did not have a single autonomous educational institution, he said.
In another significant decision, government resolved to hand over to the State Public Service Commission the charge of appointing all non-teaching staff in Universities in the state.