Kerala seeks possibilities to form cooperative university; appoints special officer

M Basheer

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Thiruvananthapuram: The state government is seeking the possibility of establishing a cooperative university as an umbrella organisation for the colleges in the cooperative sector. Institute of Management department head Prof. Dr KS Chandrasekharan was appointed as the special officer to conduct the feasibility study of the new initiative.

The appointment of special officer was decided on the basis of a letter forwarded by Dr R Sasikumar, Director of Cooperative Academy of Professional Education (CAPE), to the Cooperative Department of the state.

The proposal for a university for the cooperative sector had been raised in a meeting convened under Minister VN Vasavan, a month after the government came into power.

At present, the arts and science colleges in the state are affiliated with different universities. Thirteen cooperative training colleges and 16 training centres are functioning under the cooperative union. These colleges provide courses including HDC and JDC, which are the qualifications for appointments in over 15,000 cooperative institutions in Kerala.

The scheme for the cooperative university was proposed to bring all the courses and colleges related to the cooperatives together. If realised, the university will be an achievement for the state after the agricultural, health and fisheries universities.

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