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50 cents for AICTE regional office inside CET: Chandy

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Going regional:Chief Minister Oommen Chandy with Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor and Education Minister P.K. Abdu Rabb at the inauguration of the new office of the AICTE for Kerala and Lakshadweep at the College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram, on Saturday.— Photo: S.Gopakumar
Going regional:Chief Minister Oommen Chandy with Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor and Education Minister P.K. Abdu Rabb at the inauguration of the new office of the AICTE for Kerala and Lakshadweep at the College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram, on Saturday.— Photo: S.Gopakumar

The State government will soon allocate 50 cents of land inside the College of Engineering Thiruvananthapuram (CET) for the construction of a regional office of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said. He was speaking after inaugurating the AICTE’s office inside the Business Administration block of the CET here on Saturday.

Mr. Chandy said the Cabinet would take up the issue of allocating land to the AICTE at its next session, and a decision would be taken. The AICTE should, however, specify when it would begin construction at the site.

Earlier, the State government had allocated land to Indira Gandhi National Open University, and the President had laid the foundation stone. The construction on that site was yet to begin, Mr. Chandy said. As many as 398 institutions of technical education and 1 lakh students would come under the purview of the Kerala office of the AICTE, Mr. Chandy said.

AICTE chairman S.S. Mantha said construction on the allotted land would begin as soon as possible. “We will get you to inaugurate the building,” he told Mr. Chandy.

In his address, Education Minister P.K. Abdu Rabb said the State had made great progress on the technical education front. The draft Bill for the State’s technological university was ready. The setting up of the university would aid the development of the sector, he said. Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor presided over the inaugural ceremony.

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