Staff Reporter

Ernakulam group to get Rs. 1 crore aid to kick-start its academic project

KOCHI: The governing body of the Ernakulam cluster of colleges will meet soon after the Lok Sabha elections to chalk out joint academic programmes among the partnering educational institutions.

The body will come up with proposals aimed at promoting mutual co-operation and common initiatives in achieving academic excellence. R. Sreekumar, principal of Ernakulam Maharaja’s College, and chairperson of the Ernakulam cluster, said.

The focus of the cluster would be to draw out academic programmes that would help in fostering the partnership among the colleges participating in the scheme, he said.

The cluster in Ernakulam has Maharaja’s College; Government College, Thripunithura; Sanskrit College, Thripunithura; Cochin College; and Al-Ameen College as its members.

Dr. Sreekumar said that the cluster would get a financial assistance of Rs. 1 crore from the State Higher Education Council to kick-start its academic programmes for the new academic year.

He said that the governing body will consist of principals of the member colleges, one representative each of all college managements, a representative of the student union from each college, a teachers’ representative from each college, the district panchayat president, a representative of the syndicate of the university concerned, a government nominee and a government-nominated academic.

While the principals of the member colleges will constitute the finance committee, the executive body of the cluster will have as its members all the principals, one student representative from the governing body, one teachers’ representative, the district panchayat president, the member of the syndicate and a government nominee.

All partner colleges in a cluster will have equal status. Clusters have been constituted by colleges which voluntarily agreed to come together to progressively share resources and conduct common programmes.

Individual colleges will be free to decide on the extent and pace at which resources would be shared and common programmes are organised.

The governing body of the cluster can take decisions only on programmes of that cluster.

The clusters would have no more authority than what is mutually agreed upon and conferred on them by the partnering colleges, according to the Higher Education Council.