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Education meet propounds private universities in Kerala

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Education meet propounds private univ in Kerala

Kerala State Higher Education Council (KSHEC) was encouraged to study the possibility of allowing private universities to fund the higher education sector in Kerala, after the 3 day international gathering pertaining to transnational education was concluded.

The conference decided to propose that the council must form an expert committee to execute the task of reviewing and to counsel the government regarding their study.

T.P. Sreenivasan, Vice-Chairman of the council and organising committee chairman said that the study would evaluate the pros and cons of the existence of private colleges in the state.

Aiding government universities or establishing universities would help the private sector to invest in higher education he said. He added that there was an undercurrent of opposition against establishment of private universities in Kerala.

The declaration propelled the educational providers of private sector in the state to support Kerala's status as a global tourist destination to project their ability to provide quality higher education at an affordable cost throughout the developing world and to draw in more foreign students to the state.

The gathering called upon the Malayalam and Sanskrit universities in Kerala and the council to investigate the prospects in developing open online courses in areas such as Kathakali or history of Kerala.

Emphasising the capacity of global education platforms like Niche Open Online Courses (NOOC), Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) and flipped schools, Mr. Sreenivasan said that these could be utilised as an add-on to the traditional courses. "All over the world, such online courses are revolutionising education. To catch up with the rest of the world, we have to learn and adapt," he said.

Universities and engineering colleges were asked to take into consideration, the potential of flipped classrooms and MOOC to add-on to the present training approaches, chiefly in the fields facing an acute shortage of faculty who are qualified.

Around 22 speakers and 13 international experts from across India took part in the meeting, along with 43 college principals, researchers and faculty.

The conference suggested the State government to form a committee which includes representatives from the private sector, academic institutions and the Malayali diaspora to evaluate the opportunities provided by the Union government's to permit international branch campuses. Another proposal emphasised the need for national academic agencies like the All India Council for Technical Education and University Grants Commission to start a system of credit transfer to allow increased strength of students nationally.

The Centre was appealed by the declaration for a policy regime to pull international students to Indian universities and academic institutions. Suggesting a national online platform to provide MOOCs in national languages, the declaration said that this would not only better the access to improved education but also publicise such technologies among universities.

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