State to allot land for IGNOU centre

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: State government has evinced interest in allotting land for a centre of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in the State.

Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran announced this while addressing a special session at the eighth national CA students’ convention here on Saturday. The minister said his ministry was willing to allot 10 acres for the proposed centre in Thiruvananthapuram.

This, Mr. Rajendran said, was in response to a request made by V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, Vice-Chancellor of IGNOU.

He said that 15 national and international level higher education institutes would be set up in the State.

This was part of the State government’s endeavour to propel Kerala as the best centre for higher studies, Mr. Rajendran said.

Of this, two institutes had already been started in Thiruvananthapuram.

Efforts were on to set up a world class university in Thrissur, Mr. Rajendran said. He said Malappuram had been chosen for one of the regional centres that the Aligarh Muslim University proposes to set up outside its campus.

Mr. Rajendran said history would remember the initiatives of the present State government in the education sector.