Education Minister P. K. Abdu Rabb said here on Tuesday that no jobs would be lost because of the new staff fixation norms for schools.

The government has specified that the number of teaching and non-teaching posts in schools should be fixed this year based on the number of students having the Aadhaar unique identification number instead of head counts in each class.

The Minister told presspersons that enrolment of pupils for unique identification was almost complete. The government had adopted a favourable attitude towards staff whose appointments had not been approved and implemented a package for them.

Academic city

Mr. Rabb said the proposed academic city, to be developed on the lines of the academic city in Dubai, was aimed at attracting universities of international standard to offer courses in Kerala. A global education meet was proposed to be organised for promoting the academic city. An official team, which had visited Dubai, had submitted a report to the government. The government wanted to develop Kerala as an educational hub.

He said the draft Bill for forming the proposed technical university had been drawn up. The university was aimed at improving job opportunities for students in technical areas. The government had already taken steps to extend technical education in polytechnics to more people by starting evening courses. Scales of pay fixed by the All India Council for Technical Education had been introduced for teachers of polytechnics. An additional skill acquisition programme had been introduced in selected schools and colleges.

Strong interventions

Replying to questions, the Minister said the government was in favour of strong interventions for improving the administration of universities in the State. The pass percentage in engineering colleges of the State was as low as 35 per cent and corrective measures were to be taken. Action would be taken on complaints about the functioning of the P.A. Azeez College of Engineering in Thiruvananthapuram.

More In: Kerala | National