Communist Party of India (Marxist) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan has said that several educational institutions that were set up with the intention of serving society are now changing colours and leaning towards profit-oriented interests.
Speaking after inaugurating a new building of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) College, a component of the Cooperative Academy of Professional Education's (CAPE) Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) at Punnapra here on Thursday, Mr. Vijayan said this was one of the negative fallouts of globalisation, which had brought profit-minded groups into the education sector.
Though social justice and interests of society as such were being pushed behind by these groups in most States, Kerala had managed to withstand the pressure. However, with even the Supreme Court ruling that education institutions were also commercial ventures, even institutions here that were set up to serve society were now changing preferences and pursuing profit.
Tags of minority institutions and majority institutions were being applied and there were concerted efforts to deny the poor an access to education, he said, adding that this was where the significance of CAPE, a concept initiated by Mr. Vijayan when he was the Cooperation and Electricity Minister, lay.
The educational institutions under CAPE, which made professional education accessible to the common man in the State, were ideals for the right mixture of social commitment and educational standards, he added.
Minister for Coir and Cooperation G. Sudhakaran, presiding over the function after inaugurating a new building of the CAPE Finishing School on the campus, said the number of professional educational institutions under CAPE was increasing. Another MBA college at North Paravur and two engineering colleges at Aranmula and Pathanamthitta would soon be added to the tally, which would then become 14 institutions set up over the last 56 months.