Says further advances in higher learning essential
The government alone cannot handle the growth of higher education in the State, Minister for Education P.K. Abdu Rabb has said.
That was why self-financing colleges had been given recognition, he said while inaugurating the 19th national conference of the Indian Colleges Forum (ICF) at MES College of Engineering, Kuttippuram, on Thursday.
The State had to make further advances in higher education. The government would soon embark on a project to impart intensive training to teachers as part of enhancing the quality of higher education, he said.
Delivering the keynote address, P.A. Fazal Gafoor, president, Muslim Educational Society (MES), said the rich were exploiting the reservation benefits meant for the minorities. Education in the State had only quantity and no quality, he said. The three-day conference of Principals from across the country was being organised by the Society for Education and Economic Development (SEED) in association with MES Keveeyam College and other institutions of the MES. As many as 500 colleges across the country were members of ICF.
The conference, being held for the first time in Malappuram district, focused on new policy and planning strategies for development of colleges in India. G.D. Sharma, president, ICF, New Delhi, presided over the function. M.P. Abdussamad Samadani and K.T. Jaleel, MLAs; M. Abdul Salam, Vice Chancellor, Calicut University; and P.C. Aniyankunju, president, Kerala Principals Council, spoke.
Hussain K. Randathani, principal of MES Keveeyam College, Valanchery, and general convener of the programme, welcomed the gathering. V.H. Abdul Salam, Principal, MES College of Engineering, proposed a vote of thanks.