Staff Reporter

Land, infrastructure should be made available: Jancy James

Ensure continuity in development planning: Chennithala

Karim to inaugurate a session on tourism today

KOZHIKODE: A satellite campus could be started at Vadakara if land and other infrastructure were made available, the Vice-Chancellor of the Central University in Kasaragod, Jancy James, has said.

She was inaugurating a session on ‘Knowledge sector and job opportunities’ as part of a three-day seminar here. A satellite campus was under the active consideration of the university, Dr. James said.

A session on ‘Agriculture sector: problems and possibilities’ was inaugurated on Saturday by Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy. Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president Ramesh Chennithala, addressing the gathering, said there should be a sense of continuity in development planning. Former Planning Board member C.P. John presided. Coconut Development Board Chairperson Mini Mathew spoke.

Industrialist Gokulam Gopalan, at a session on Friday, said a coconut complex would be set up at a cost of Rs.125 crore at Vadakara. This could provide jobs to 2,000 persons directly and 8,000 persons indirectly. The initial discussions were over, he said. Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) Vice-Chancellor V.N. Rajashekaran Pillai said an IGNOU community college would be started in Vadakara in January. IGNOU will directly conduct classes here, he added.

Industries Minister Elamaram Karim will inaugurate a session on tourism on Sunday. Kerala Tourism Director M. Sivasankar, Confederation of Kerala Tourism Industry president E.M. Najeeb and others are expected to attend.

Health Minister P.K. Sreemathy will inaugurate a session on ‘Public health and health protection’ on the day.