Terming the Cabinet decision to give autonomy to colleges as “path breaking,” Governor Nikhil Kumar said only a government that was “forward looking” and that “cares for the youth” could take such a decision.

Complimenting the government for deciding to give autonomous status to colleges, he said “when a college is given autonomy, it gives freedom to the college to choose the syllabus. It is a decision taken in the interest of youth. And I gave my suggestions to the Education Minister when he came to brief me about the decision.” He was interacting with young participants of Mambazhakalam, a summer camp for students organised by Vyloppilly Samskriti Bhavan, at Raj Bhavan on Wednesday.

High opinion

When a young participant sought his views on the present government, he said: “I have high opinion about the government. Very good decisions were taken for the uplift of the poor and the underprivileged.”

Stating that he was duty-bound to see that the government implemented its development plans, the Governor said in case the government needed any assistance in getting funds from the Centre or any other agency he was willing to do so.

Willing to help

The Governor also offered to use his office to get Central clearance for infrastructure projects.

To another query on his views about the State, he said “before the gubernatorial posting I had visited the State. I love the people and their forward-looking character, the State’s history and geography.”

The Governor said he was particularly fascinated about the cultural milieu of the State capital.