The Kerala State Higher Education Council here on Saturday mooted student and teacher exchange programmes between all States.
These proposals were tabled at the first round-table meet of higher education councils here. A draft memorandum of understanding for such programmes was handed over to the representatives of the councils of Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Karnataka who took part in the one-day meet.
The Kerala council already has an understanding with West Bengal for a teacher-exchange programme. It was resolved that the Kerala council will take the initiative for instituting a databank containing details of all higher education councils in the country.
It was also decided to organise such meetings on an annual basis so that the councils can learn from and adopt each others’ best practices. The next such meeting will be held on October 2013.
The host council for that meeting will be decided later. The roundtable resolved to write to the University Grants Commission to remind States where HECs have not yet been set up, to do so at the earliest.
In her address to the meet, vice-chairperson of the Tamil Nadu council Sindya Pandiyan pointed out that her council had now mandated that all curricula should clearly indicate the jobs for which a particular course made a candidate eligible for.
Even though the choice-based credit and semester system was introduced in Tamil Nadu three years ago, teachers in colleges still had not come to grips with the concept of credit or grading.
The council was planning training programmes to set right this situation, she said. The State Level Quality Assurance Cell which was with the Department of Collegiate Education had now been shifted to the council, she added.
Member-secretary of the Karnataka council K.M. Kaveriappa, in his address, spoke of the need to design curricula in such a manner that they promoted creative thinking among students.
Due to the large number of colleges affiliated to it, the government of Karnataka was now considering bifurcating the University of Bangalore, he added. Member-secretary of the West Bengal Council Subrata Ghosh spoke.
Vice-chairman of the Kerala Council T.P. Sreenivasan welcomed the delegates to the meet. Principal Secretary, Higher Education, K.M. Abraham spoke.
Earlier in the day, the delegates to the meet held discussions with Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.