VS opens Government College in Ambalapuzha
The long-awaited Government Arts and Science College at Ambalapuzha, which was given approval in the State Budget this year, was inaugurated by Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan here on Sunday.
Mr. Achuthanandan, inaugurating the college via a video-conference sitting at Thiruvananthapuram, said the college was the only arts and science college opened in the public sector in the State in the last four years.
With this college, the complaint that there was no Government arts and science college in Alappuzha district was being settled.
Higher education institutions were always in scarcity in Alappuzha, but now, with the Cooperative Engineering College, Management Institute and Finishing School at Ambalapuzha, the void was being filled.
Moreover, the Cooperative Hospital at Punnapra was a satellite unit of the Cooperative Medical College, Kochi.
The Ambalapuzha Arts and Science college was approved under special circumstances, and adequate posts too had been sanctioned.
Students and teachers and the public would have to take up the responsibility of ensuring that the college emerged as a model for exemplary educational practices in the State, Mr. Achuthanandan added.
Education Minister M.A. Baby, inaugurating the opening ceremony, said the controversies that cropped up in the education sector were a result of the sweeping changes effected by the Government.
At the university level, the choice-based credit and semester system, once completely implemented, would offer students the freedom of studying different subjects at the same time.
This would also change the very face of university education, he said.
Mr. Baby, announcing that a B.A. Malayalam course would be added to the curriculum at the Ambalapuzha Arts and Science College, said the cooperative education sector too was witnessing a revolution.
Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac was the guest of honour while Coir and Cooperation Minister G. Sudhakaran presided over the function.