Minister for Education M. A. Baby said here on Thursday that the Kalamassery-based Centre for Curriculum Development Centre, under the Department of Technical Education, will be upgraded as Centre for Curriculum Research and Development and Teachers' Training.

The Minister was addressing principals from the 49 polytechnic colleges in Kerala at the one-day seminar on improvements in education and training provided by polytechnics. The seminar, which took stock of the various programmes being implemented at the polytechnics, was organised at the Curriculum Development Centre. The Minister said that the polytechnics in the State would be upgraded to reach world standards and steps would be taken to ensure that the ordinary people get the benefits of polytechnic education.

A collection of 250 electronic media aid for technical education, developed by the National Institute of Technical Teachers' Training and Research, Chennai, was handed over to the Director of Technical Education, Government of Kerala at the inauguration of the seminar.

Director of the Chennai-based research institute S. Mohan handed over the collection to Director of Technical Education Kuncheria P. Isaac. Polytechnic colleges will also adopt open source software for its various programmes and curriculum development. A programme ‘Ritu,' developed in collaboration with Zyxware Technologies was released at the seminar.

Vice-Chairman of the Higher Education Council K. N. Panikkar; Chairman of the Academic Committee for Polytechnics V. Chander; Aluva, MLA, M. A. Yousef; P. Rajeev, MP and Chairman of the Kalamassery Municipality Jamal Manakkadan were among those present.