The proposals in the education sector in ‘Emerging Kerala’ leaves much to be desired. Streams in arts, performing arts, law and a few science subjects have been ignored. The majority of the projects are in Malappuram and Thiruvananthapuram. Other than two international residential schools, nothing much has been proposed for school education.
The major proposals are: Edu Health City: The Rs 2,236-crore project prepared by Inkel has been proposed in 183 acres of land in Panakkad village, Malappuram.
School of Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Management: A component of the Edu Health City, the `35-crore project in three acres of land offers opportunities to develop the school with an approximate intake of 390 students.
Vocational Educational Academy: The `81.6 crore project is another component of the Edu Health City prepared by Inkel in three acres of land. It aims to have institutions of technical, business, vocational, medical and paramedical streams. The proposed student intake is 500 per year.
Financial Hub: A Rs 1,300-lakh financial hub project has been proposed in Ernakulam for running short and long-term courses in finance, accountancy, banking insurance, capital markets with an intake capacity of 625 students.
Advanced Mechatronics Training Centre: To introduce Mechatronics and robotic systems to graduates and to offer post-graduate programmes in Mechatronics, a Rs 25-crore Advanced Mechatronics Training Centre has been proposed in Government College of Engineering, T. The project plans to offer Automotive Mechatronics, MTech in Mechatronics and MTech in Robotics.
Centre of Excellence for Ayurvedic Medicines: CEAM is proposed on a hub-and-spoke model prepared by Inkel. The Rs 100-crore project is proposed in 43.5 acres of land where Travancore Plywood Industries (TPI) factory in Punalur, Kollam, was functioning. It aims to provide comprehensive ayurveda and healthcare solutions at affordable prices.
Nuclear Science Centre: The Rs 25-crore government project is proposed to be set up in Government Engineering College, Thrissur.
Training Centre in Tool and Die Making: The `25-cr project to be set up in College of Engineering,T’Puram, aims to offer certificate and diploma courses in Tool and Die-making, training in tool design and advanced manufacturing process.