A two-day meeting of representatives of South zone of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), a national body of universities and institutes, commenced here on Tuesday. Over 50 Vice-Chancellors are participating in the meet.

The theme of this year’s meet is ‘challenges faced by universities’. Presentations on the topic would be made by a panel of Vice-Chancellors. The meeting is part of the zonal conferences being held as a prelude to the national meet to be held in Hyderabad after a month. Kochi had hosted the national meet two years ago.

Inaugurating the meet, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy called for efforts to ensure that research projects are not hampered due to lack of funding. Though governments are constrained on release of funds for research, there are alternative sources that could be explored.

Global scenario

Excise Minister K.Babu, in his address, called for measures to take Indian universities to the forefront in the global education scenario.

Soil conservation

Agriculture Minister K.P. Mohanan highlighted the need for focus on measures such as soil conservation with a view to promoting agriculture.

Association of Indian Universities president R.B.Lal lauded Kerala’s achievements in the field of education. K.Mohandas, Vice-Chancellor of Kerala University of Health Sciences, welcomed the gathering.

Association of Indian Universities, South Zone meet begins in Kochi.