According to reports, Kerala CPM has waved its green flag to permit private universities in Kerala. The report further says that the government will soon bring ‘Kerala State Private University Bill’.
The decision was discussed during a special workshop pertaining to reforms in higher education sector that held at EMS Academy. Teachers associations including AKGCT and KPCTA, Federation of university teachers association and representatives from SFI took part in the workshop.
The decision will be further deliberated at state leadership meetings and following that only the Left government will be imbibing the changes.
Meanwhile, some, including ministers, opposed the idea that government should pay for the teachers in these private universities, even when decision making in those universities remains with private entities.
Also, education commission recommendation that private university syndicate members should not have political affiliations was opposed during the workshop. While, the recommendation that number of senate and syndicate members should be reduced, it will be considered.
During UDF government’s term, the LDF had opposed privatisation in education sector, that is entitling the colleges as deemed universities. During that time, 17 aided colleges got autonomous status. The first LDF goverment gave autonomous status to three private engineering colleges.