Universities in the State would be brought under the new framework of a State policy on higher education that is taking shape, Education Minister P.K. Abdu Rabb said here on Thursday.
He was speaking after giving away the scholarships instituted by the Kerala State Higher Education Council.
The State has already implemented two quality enhancement programmes; the ‘Scholar support programme’ and the ‘Walk with a scholar programme’.
Reforms in the syllabi are often much delayed in Kerala. The practice of continuing to teach and learn as per a syllabus prepared years ago does not augur well for the State.
Students from Kerala would not be able to rise high in the field of higher education if this sector does not change with the times, he said. The syllabi in our institutions of higher learning should be on a par with those around the world.
Kerala universities repeatedly fail to implement schemes or do things in a time-bound manner.
These include lapses in the conduct of examinations and in the publication of results. Universities should always act to ensure the welfare of their students.
For this, a certain streamlining in their actions is required, he said.
The government has also initiated steps for the conduct of a global education meet in Kerala. The government has received the report of the B. Hridayakumari committee on reforms in the credit and semester system.
This report would be considered with due seriousness and recommendations that can be implemented would be done so, he said.
As many as 1,000 students from various streams of study have been selected for the HEC’s scholarship scheme.