Trivandrum, 30th November: Demanding fundamental changes in the present education system of the state, the Kerala Education Congress concluded here on 17th November. An initiative for the intervention of students in educational policies, the congress, organised by Students Islamic Organisation of India, became unique experience for the state.
Research methods intertwining science, technology and social science have to be evolved, said Dr. VN Rajasekharan Pillai, Vice Chairman of Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment, during the keynote address in the session “Research Education in Kerala: Tendencies and Differences”.
Some 95% of research studies are going on in colleges of the state. However, it is strange that 95% of funds towards higher education of the state are availed by the universities where only 5% of the studies are conducted. Graduate, post graduate and research programmes should be facilitated under one institution itself. He pointed out that allocation of fund towards research education in Kerala amounts less than one percentage of annual budget.
The congress inaugurated by Member of Parliament ET Mohammed Basheer was attended by participation of JK Thareen (former VC of Pondicherry Central University), PK Abdul Azis (former VC, Aligarh Muslim University), Veeramanikandan (VC, Kerala University), T Arifali (state president, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Kerala) and other dignitaries.
Academic sessions were held on various themes including ‘Curriculum: changes and developments’, ‘Inclusive Education’, ‘University governance’, ‘School Education’, ‘Religious Education in Kerala’, ‘Technological Education’, ‘Economic Dividend in Higher Education’ during the two-day conference.