Staff Reporter

MALAPPURAM: Education Minister M.A. Baby has said that the government will consider introducing part-time evening courses at polytechnic colleges for the working people. He said priority would be given to Government Polytechnic College, Perinthalmanna, in upgrading the infrastructure.

Mr. Baby was speaking after inaugurating a finishing school at the college. It is the only finishing school sanctioned for polytechnic colleges in Malappuram district.

The Department of Technical Education has started a move to set up finishing schools in all districts aimed at sharpening the skills of polytechnic students and equipping them to meet the requirements of modern job markets.

M. Sankaran, principal of Government Polytechnic College, Perinthalmanna, is the coordinator of the finishing school in Malappuram. “We are planning to start a 120-hour course for the final year students as well as those who passed recently,” said Mr. Sankaran.

He said the thrust of the course would be personality development and communication skills. “Our aim is to equip the polytechnic students for any competitive examination,” he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Baby said that everything possible would be done to enhance the level of technical education in the State.

Mr. Baby said the college would get a course in automobile engineering when additional courses are sanctioned. He said the demands for a library block, new classrooms and a playground would be considered.

V. Sasikumar, MLA, inaugurated a common facility centre at the college. The centre will provide Internet facility for students and teachers.