A delegation of Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean studies (KUFOS) officials visited Kundara here on Friday in connection with opening of a research centre of the university.
The team including university Vice Chancellor A. Ramachandran, Registrar V. M. Victor George and Syndicate member H. Basil Lal inspected over 5 acres of land near Technopark for the project. As per primary appraisal the land seems suitable for the project, said the Vice Chancellor.
The objective of the centre is to promote research and training activities in the fishing sector. Fishermen, fish farmers and other entrepreneurs in the sector will be offered advanced training in the centre in areas such as fish farming, aquatic ecosystem, fish processing, value-added production, conserving marine wealth and latest technologies. The team visited Kundara following a meeting with Fisheries Minister J. Mercykutty Amma held at Thiruvananthapuram. Procedures for getting government permission to start land acquisition for the project are in progress, said Syndicate member H. Basil Lal.
40 acres of land to be handed over to medical college
The Government is taking steps so that classes can commence in Idukki Government Medical College (GMC) in the 2019-20 academic year.
The decision was taken at a high-level meeting convened by Health Minister K.K. Shylaja here on Thursday.
The meeting decided to complete all construction activities required for the institution and to take steps to secure environmental clearance for the same.
The Medical Education department will soon approach the Finance department to get sufficient funds for creating faculty/staff posts. Steps are also being taken to hand over 40 acres of land under the district panchayat to the medical college. Idukki Government Medical College, with 50 MBBS seats, which had been started when the previous UDF Government was in power in September 2014, without creating either the necessary infrastructure or faculty posts, had been de-recognised by the Medical Council of India. Following this, the LDF Government which assumed office in 2016 had to accommodate the 100 MBBS students who had been granted admission in other GMCs in the State.
Work on permanent campuses at Aizawl, Kottayam nearing completion
The Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), under the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, is planning to get deemed to be university status under de nova category with the University Grants Commission (UGC).
“If the UGC approves our proposal, all our regional campuses will be part of the deemed to be university. Then, we will be able to offer Masters programmes, M.Phil and Ph.D courses and prepare students for careers in academia and research as well,” K.G. Suresh, Director-General, IIMC, told The Hindu .
Mr. Suresh, who was here to attend an event, said the IIMC had ambitious plans both infrastructure-wise and academically.
“Our southern regional campus at Kottayam and North East Regional campus at Aizawl are nearing completion and we hope to shift to these permanent campuses by second semester,” he said.
“We have given a major push to language journalism by starting Marathi and Malayalam journalism course from our Kerala and Amravati, and Maharashtra campuses, respectively. We have upgraded the certificate programme in Urdu at Delhi to a full-fledged diploma programme, ” Mr. Suresh said.
Construction work on the Kottayam campus is almost complete.
“We are likely to commence operations from the second semester after the campus is inaugurated. There are some water-related issues. We are seeking the State government’s cooperation in resolving it,” he said.
The return of Debashis Chatterjee as director of the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode (IIM-K) for the second time is expected to affirm the development goals he had set during his earlier tenure of 2009-2014.
His five-year tenure was marked with several development programmes, including admission of more than 50% women in the postgraduate programme that became a trend setter among IIMs in the country. Today, the IIM-K, which held its 20th convocation in April, is a globally accredited management institute.
However, the IIM-K lost its fifth position in the management category to the two-year postgraduate programme conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai, in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) by the Ministry of Human Resource Development this year. It also failed to figure in the list of 100 institutions in the overall category while last year it was ranked 85th in the section.
Incidentally, the IIM-K had been running without a full-time director for nearly four years. In 2013, it was able to set up a satellite campus dedicated to Executive Education at Infopark in Kochi, in 2013. A similar one was planned at Technopark in the State capital.
The IIM-K has become the first institute to appoint its own director autonomously after the legislation of the Indian Institutes of Management Bill, 2017 on December 31.
Apart from retaining its academic excellence, Prof. Chatterjee, along with the newly appointed chairman A. Vellayan, has now a daunting task to concentrate on the IIM-K’s fifth phase of development, including increasing the intake of students, improving research and development and incentives of start-up ventures.
Mr. Vellayan had already announced that the IIM-K would focus on a specified discipline on the lines of Wharton School, Kellogg School of Management, and Harvard Business School.
With the legislation taking effect, the IIM-K gets statutory powers for appointing directors and faculty members and awarding degrees.
The Indian Institute of Infrastructure and Construction (IIIC) at Chavara, to be inaugurated on July 23, will offer nearly 40 skill development courses by the end of 2018.
There will be courses at technician, supervisory and managerial levels for those who have completed SSLC, Plus Two, ITI, diploma, degree and B.Tech. In the initial phase, there will be three courses in both technician and managerial levels along with advanced certificate programme in plumbing engineering, a course in supervisory level.
“Within six months there will be 38 courses. The key features of the courses include cutting-edge technology, advanced curriculum, facilities for on job training, industry interface, and placements. The institute will offer programmes for engineering graduates to improve their employability. Both technical and soft skill development programmes with appropriate industry interface will be promoted at the institute. All these courses offer minimum 60% placements and IIIC will facilitate opportunities for 100% placement,” says T.P. Sethumadhavan, Education and Career Consultant and Director of UL Education, Uralungal Labour Contract Cooperative Society Ltd. (ULCCS), the business partner of the institute.
Spread over 9 acres with 38 classrooms, hostels, canteen, and Wi-Fi, the IIIC has all the facilities required for a modern campus.
Mr. Sethumadhavan adds that the IIIC will also sign MoU with pioneering educational and skilling institutions and universities within the country and abroad for knowledge transfer, student exchange, faculty training, placement, and curriculum development.
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