Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Education Minister P.K. Abdu Rabb on Saturday submitted to Union Human Resources Development Minister M.M. Pallam Raju projects for Rs.500 crore aimed at improving the higher education sector in the State.

Mr. Chandy, Mr. Rabb and officials of the Education Department were present at a meeting at the Government Guesthouse here.

They urged Mr. Raju to sanction funds for providing uniform for students of aided schools in the State.

The other demands included IIES recognition for CUSAT, IIT in Kerala, centre for advanced studies at Kerala University, green sports complex worth Rs.40 crore at the University of Calicut, and advanced centre for faculty training at Kannur University.

The projects were estimated to cost Rs.500 crore, Mr. Chandy said.

They also sought Central funds to improve facilities at aided colleges in the State.

Minister for State for Human Resources Development Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahamed, Minister Manjalamkuzhi Ali were present at the meeting.

Mr. Raju promised Centre’s assistance in improving higher education sector in the State.