Education in need of next-gen reforms, says Kerala Chief Minister

Our Bureau Thiruvananthapuram | Updated on January 13, 2012 Published on January 13, 2012

The State of Kerala is faced with second-generation challenges in the education sector, according to the Chief Minister, Mr Oommen Chandy.

He said this during an interaction with a visiting group of students from the Kansas University School of Business (KUSB) in the US.


Describing the emerging situation as quite unlike in any other State in the country, Mr Chandy said that Kerala is caught between a rock and a hard place.

On the one hand, the standards of general education need a through revamp while on the other, higher education has been crying for attention in terms of development and re-orientation.

This, according to the Chief Minister, is the legacy of the early-bird advantage that the State has had in having achieved 100 per cent literacy and sending all boys and girls in school.

The interaction with the management students of KUSB was held at the Chief Minister's office in the State Secretariat here on Thursday.

The Chief Minister expressed the view that India ad the US must seek to strengthen their relationship and foster greater openness to solve the problems of the world.

The ‘largest democracy' should work together with the ‘most important democracy' in the larger interests of the comity of nations and for the betterment of the people.

When asked about the ‘live' and 24x7 webcast of the Chief Minister's Office, the first in the country to do so, the Chief Minister told the students that it was at best ‘a symbolic approach' towards achieving transparency in governance.

“Actions of a public leader should be open to the people,” the Chief Minister said. Laughing off a question on how he manages to meet so many of them every day, he said that he enjoyed meeting and interacting with people.

“It is not at all a problem for me,” he said, and added that he has been in the public domain for the last 41 years, since making an entry into student politics at a very young age.

The 19-member team is in India on invitation from the Asian School of Business (ASB) here.

It visited Kochi, Bengaluru and Mysore and interacted with practitioners and professionals of various service sectors.

Mr G. Vijaya Raghavan, Member-Secretary, Board of Governors, ASB, who is a Member of the State Planning Board and founder chief executive officer of Technopark, was present during the interaction.


Also present were Prof K. Joseph and Prof Joyce Claterbos, co-Directors of KUSB, and Prof K. Balakrishnan, Dean, ASB, and Academic Coordinator of the exposure programme.

Members of the student group hail from the US, Canada, Brazil and China, among others, and has had previous work experience in fields as diverse as sports marketing, food retailing, information technology, plastics, marketing communications, taxation, banking and social entrepreneurship.

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Published on January 13, 2012
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