The university will have its headquarters at Panangad
The Cabinet on Wednesday recommended to the Governor promulgation of an ordinance for establishment of University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies in the State. The university will have its headquarters at Panangad in Ernakulam district.
The university is proposed to be set up in view of the increasing role of the fisheries sector in the economy of the State. The university is expected to promote research and training of professionals and entrepreneurs. It is estimated that 32 lakh trained manpower will be needed in the sector in the next 25 years.
The university will come up on 75 acres of land belonging to the Fisheries College, Panangad, and 50 acres belonging to the fisheries station at Puthuveypu which will be hived off from Kerala Agricultural University. It will have a statutory set-up with Chancellor, Registrar, governing council, academic council, research council and department governing councils. A fisheries faculty with Dean of Fisheries and chairperson of each board of studies, a member from the board of studies and two subject experts had been envisaged in the draft ordinance.
The Cabinet proposed promulgation of another ordinance to form a welfare fund for artists and technicians working in fields of arts, culture and literature.
Briefing the media on the Cabinet decisions here, Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan said the fund would cover artists and technicians working for films, television and cable and DTH services.
The Cabinet sanctioned 30 hanging bridges to replace ferries used by schoolchildren. The State-owned Kerala Electrical and Allied Engineering Company would undertake the construction of the bridges aimed at ensuring the safety of the pupils.
Rs.36 crore for bridges
Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran said Rs.36 crore would be allocated for the construction of the hanging bridges. The decision was taken against the background of a series of boat accidents in the State in the recent past. The government had earlier sanctioned Rs.1.86 crore for construction of a bridge at Areacode in Malappuram district where eight students had died in a boat accident.
The Minister said students were found to be using 554 ferries across the State. The State government had sought a Central assistance of Rs.530 crore for building bridges in the remaining 524 places.
The Chief Minister announced that a company, Kerala Tourism Trade Promotion Organisation, would be formed under the Tourism Department for organising various programmes for tourism promotion such as holding of the Grand Kerala Shopping Festival.
The Cabinet decided to present Rs.10 lakh each to Keralites who had won gold medals at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Each of the sport persons who had won silver and bronze medals would get Rs.7.5 lakh and Rs.5 lakh respectively. A sum of Rs.1 lakh each would be presented to the coaches concerned.
The Cabinet approved eight new fire stations and the necessary posts.