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Kerala will be made a higher education hub through reforms, says chief minister- The New Indian Express

Through Express News Service

KOCHI: The government aims to make Kerala a hub for higher education through comprehensive reforms including infrastructure development, changes in the curriculum and education system, Prime Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Saturday.

The chief minister was speaking at a meeting to announce the accreditation of the city-based Rajagiri Business School by the American professional body, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Pinarayi said there is an organic connection between education and industry. The government is making every effort to implement the report of the three committees that have been appointed in the context of reforms in higher education. The sector will receive better financial support, quality and human value, he said.

The CM said academic freedom of universities will be ensured along with the use of information technology advancements. “Projects like K-Fon (Kerala Fiber Optic Network) are meant for this.

The government has already implemented several higher education development projects and 117 crore has been allocated for providing scholarships to 1,89,971 students,” he said.
The latest NAAC classification shows that interventions by the state government have produced results.

The University of Kerala is now one of six universities in the country to have obtained an ‘A’ grade. Four state institutions have been named in the top 100 universities in the country according to the National Institutional Ranking Framework.

These benefits can be extended with further support from the Rajagiri Group of Institutions, Pinarayi added.
Father Benny Nalkara CMI, the Provincial of Sacred Heart Province, Kochi presided over the function and honored the Chief Minister with a memento. Rajagiri Group of Institutions Director Fr. Dr. Jose Kuriyedath; Dr. Sunil Puliyakot, Director of Rajagiri Business School; Dr. Binoy Joseph, director of the Rajagiri College of Social Science, and others participated.

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Rajagiri Business School is recognized for its outstanding contributions in teaching, research and curriculum development. A total of 20 colleges in India have received AACSB recognition and Rajagiri is the only educational institution from Kerala to have achieved it.

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