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On education:Mahatma Gandhi University Vice-Chancellor Rajan Gurukkal speaking at a seminar organised by the Mahatma Gandhi University Union at Thiruvalla on Wednesday.
On education:Mahatma Gandhi University Vice-Chancellor Rajan Gurukkal speaking at a seminar organised by the Mahatma Gandhi University Union at Thiruvalla on Wednesday.

Staff Reporter

Imbibe politics of knowledge: Rajan Gurukkal

PATHANAMTHITTA: Vice-Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University Rajan Gurukkal has stressed the need to improve the quality of higher education to achieve the target of raising the enrolment of students in the higher education sector from the present 12.5 per cent to 15 per cent by 2015 as per UNESCO guidelines.

Dr. Gurukkal was speaking after inaugurating a seminar on Central Education Policy, organised by the MGU Union, at Titus Teachers' College in Thiruvalla on Wednesday.

He said the State's enrolment in the higher education sector was 15 per cent, 2.5 per cent more than the national average. However, the female enrolment ratio in the State's higher education sector was poor.

Dr. Gurukkal said India had already launched a series of reforms to increase the enrolment rate in the higher education sector. According to him, shortage of teachers with the desired quality was a major problem. Chalking out the education strategy by a handful of experts without holding any discussion at different levels was another drawback at the national level, he alleged. He said university being the production centre of knowledge should imbibe the “politics of knowledge.''

P.K. Biju, MP, delivered the keynote address.

He alleged that entry of foreign universities would lead to a situation that would destroy the education sector as a whole in India. The quality of native universities should be improved instead of permitting foreign universities in India, he added.

V.R.Rahul, union chairman, presided over the inaugural function.

P.C. Vishnunath, Mathew T. Thomas, MLAs; K. George, college Principal; K. Latheesh, MGU Senate member; Sree Parvathi, university union vice-chairperson; Dennis Minto, joint secretary; and R. Manu, organising committee convener; spoke.

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