Thiruvananthapuram: Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy has called for a consensus among political parties on providing facilities for students in professional colleges in the State.
Inaugurating the week-long valedictory programmes in connection with the centenary of the Malabar Christian College (MCC) here on Monday, Mr. Chandy said political parties should try to understand why thousands of students migrated to other States to take up professional studies. It was unfortunate that the State is unable to offer courses of their choices here, he said.
The State had achieved phenomenal growth in education in the last century. The situation is different now and the higher education sector was in a bad shape, he said. All sections of society are responsible for this, he added.
MCC had made creditable achievements all these years. It had carved a niche for itself in the higher education sector, he said.
Taking up Kallayi’s case
Later in the day, he visited the banks of the Kallayi river on Monday to investigate reports that encroachment was rampant on its banks.
Mr. Chandy said he was convinced of the encroachments and would take up the issue with Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran and District Collector P.B. Salim.
Mr. Chandy said that encroachments upon government land had become a problem all over the State, and said the environmental damage from the illegal activity made it imperative for the government to act against them.
The Kallayi Puzha Samrakshana Samithi, which has been in the forefront of agitations against encroachment on the river, said that the Kasaba Village Officer had intervened to prevent construction of a shed on encroached land at Pathar on Sunday.
Samithi secretary Faisal Pallikandi said that Mr. Chandy had invited them for consultations and promised support in their efforts to drive out encroachers.