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Stone laid for Central University of Kerala campus

SETS THE BALL ROLLING: Union Human Resource Development Minister M.M. Pallam Raju unveils a plaque to mark the formal inauguration of the work on the main campus of the Central University of Kerala at Periye in Kasaragod on Saturday.
SETS THE BALL ROLLING: Union Human Resource Development Minister M.M. Pallam Raju unveils a plaque to mark the formal inauguration of the work on the main campus of the Central University of Kerala at Periye in Kasaragod on Saturday.

Union Human Resource Development Minister M.M. Pallam Raju inaugurated the work on the permanent campus of the Central University of Kerala (CUK) at Periye in the district on Saturday.

Laying the stone for the university, he said the Centre would give thrust to enhance excellence in higher education during the 12th Five Year Plan period as the standards of education had gone down steadily over the years.

“Only an education that promotes creativity, application, and effective communication will survive the test of time. The fast pace of growth of information technology has made a total revamp of the matter and manner - content and delivery – of our education system inevitable,” he said, expressing hope that the CUK would strive to meet that goal.

Holistic approach

Mr. Raju said he believed that the CUK had a vision that catered to a holistic approach ensuring total quality management and capacity building. Terming the foundation laying ceremony as a historic occasion for the CUK, the Minister said the first set of buildings on the 310-acre campus would be ready by the next academic year.

Addressing the gathering, Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor stressed the need to enhance employability of young talent in tune with the requirement of emerging job markets. Mr. Tharoor, who unveiled the master plan of the university, expressed hope that the CUK would be a centre of excellence and able to attract faculty and students from across the nation.

Expressing concern at the fall in standards of higher education, Mr. Tharoor said none of the universities in the country figured on the list of top 200 such institutions in the world.

He said while reputed universities gave importance to continuous research, the universities in India were becoming mere study centres. “There is an urgent need to increase the research component in our institutions and the CUK should strive to increase research works,” he said.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy promised all cooperation of the State government for the CUK.

He said the government was committed to providing basic infrastructure for the expansion of the CUK.

The government would expedite steps to provide additional land for the university.

Union Minister E. Ahamed, Education Minister P.K. Abdu Rabb, P. Karunakaran, MP, K. Kunhiraman, E. Chandrasekharan, N.A. Nellikunnu, MLAs, district panchayat president P.P. Shyamala Devi, among others, were present at the function.

University Vice Chancellor Jancy James welcomed the gathering. Registrar K.M. Abdur Rasheed proposed a vote of thanks.

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