‘Nearly 1,000 teacher vacancies to be filled’
KOTTAYAM: The State government was committed to its initiative in bringing excellence and quality enhancement in the higher education sector in spite of the motivated controversies being unleashed from certain quarters, M.A. Baby, Minister for Education and Culture, has said.
Inaugurating the first of the eight Inter-University Centres of Higher Learning, planned by the State government, at the Mahatma Gandhi University here, the Minister said the opening of the Inter-University Advanced Centre of Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development was not an isolated incident, but part of a comprehensive initiative in ensuring excellence and quality assurance in higher education in particular and education sector in general.
According to him, the government was convinced that such moves would not be effective unless the vacancies of teachers in colleges were filled and has decided to fill the vacancies in the government and aided colleges in the State.
“The decision has already been made, but clarification was needed on the exact number of posts. But I can say that nearly 1,000 teacher vacancies will be filled as part of the initiative within a few months,” he said.
Mr. Baby pointed out that at a time when there were only a few inter-university centres of higher learning at the national level, the State has decided to open eight such centres in different areas of studies.
The State has submitted proposals for opening an Inter-University Centre in Social Science in the State, with Mahatma Gandhi University being identified as the host institution. However, so far there had been no positive response from the Central agencies.
As part of ensuring excellence in higher education, the State government has decided to bring in internationally acclaimed scientists and Nobel laureates for interaction with the academic community in Kerala.
The first of such interactive sessions will be held at CUSAT from January 4 to 16, 2010.
The Minister sought the cooperation and support of the students, teachers and the academic community for the steps which have been initiated to bring in interdisciplinary approach to knowledge generation.
In his presidential speech, Vice-Chancellor Rajan Gurukkal said the higher education sector in the State was witnessing developments which were unthinkable to the academic community a few years ago.
The Minister also inaugurated the Students’ Web Centre and laid the foundation stone of the Rs.11 crore staff quarters complex on the occasion.