Mission: It is generally believed that for the higher education sector of Kerala to meet the expectations of a rapidly evolving society, foundational reforms are needed. In this context, the Kerala Government has constituted three commissions. Our commission is concerned with the reforms needed. The commission is aware of the existence of long-standing concerns of inclusive development, dire need to expand opportunities for employment and innovation while ensuring social justice, and the constraints of high population density and limited natural resources. Therefore, it has to actively engage in wide-ranging outreach activities to appreciate the full range of concerns on these matters, involving all the stakeholders.

 

Vision: Reforms in the higher education sector must be guided by the understanding that education must not only prepare the individual to be self-reliant and creative, but it must also promote the creation of an equitable and democratic society guided by the principles of rationality, knowledge, justice, and inclusion. That society should be committed to innovation and creativity based on structured and research-based knowledge and practice. Reforms in the higher education sector must benefit all those who participate in the study. It must help build a sustainable and inclusive economy, protect Kerala’s delicate environment, all the while ensuring the maintenance of the core values of university autonomy, freedom of expression and dissent, scientific temper, and equitable access. Such reforms must enable Kerala to emerge as a major hub of knowledge creation and research across the world, in every sphere of human inquiry. This in turn will enable Malayalees and everyone who use the system to compete at a global level.

 

Objectives: The commission will fulfill all tasks entrusted by the government, mentioned in the terms of references. The commission will hold consultations with stakeholders at universities and select colleges to hear their concerns and recommendations and will conduct public hearings at select locations. Online consultations with stakeholders and thought leaders will be conducted. Besides, online questionnaires to specific groups will be drafted. The final recommendations will be in phase with that of the other two commissions, to ensure maximum realization of practical outcomes commensurate with the objectives. The report will be finalized within the stipulated time. Commission hopes to suggest certain measures or strategies to generate additional resources for the creation of an equitable knowledge society in tune with its recommendations.

 

 

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