Speaking about the educational development the Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on September 16, 2014 said that his government aims at transforming the state into a global destination for higher studies with institutions of international standards. Also Read - Inspiring! Meerut Woman Who Left Home To Avoid Forced Marriage Returns As PCS Officer 7 Years Later

CM also informed that the procedure of elevating Cochin University of Science and Technology into an Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) is in its final stages. The minister had the report from the Central Expenditure Commission for its take-off. Also Read - Before Reporting For Duty, This Bengaluru Cop Teaches Children of Migrant Workers Everyday For An Hour

This initiative is to improve the quality of the existing national institutes instead of adding the number of institutions for higher education. Also Read - Ready to Send Children Back to School? 78% Parents Say No, Willing to Let Kids Repeat An Academic Year

“Kerala was lagging far behind in the higher education sector in comparison to other states not because educational institutions lacked proper facilities, but due to the lack of opportunities limiting growth and development for the students of the state,” says CM Oommen Chandy.

The chief minister wants the state not only to increase the educational opportunities for students, but also want to provide better infrastructure and facilities for turning into a global education destination.

The chief minister announced this after the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has put the plan for more IIESTs on hold.

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