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AIACHE golden jubilee celebrations conclude in Madurai

AIACHE is a professional association of 350 higher education colleges in India.


The valedictory function of the golden jubilee celebration of All India Association for Christian Higher Education (AIACHE) was held in the city on Oct 11.Founded in 1967, AIACHE is a professional association of 350 higher education colleges in India.

Speaking at Tuesday’s event, Kerala Governor P Sathasivam praised the AIACHE for uniting the educational institutions of all Christian denominations in a remarkable way.

Sathasivam revealed how he was commended by President Pranab Mukherjee for seeking and securing funds from the state government for improving university education in that state.

"As a chancellor of the universities in Kerala, I need to improve education there. For that, I sought fund from the Kerala government which okayed it. The President of India welcomed that move in the governors' conference and also suggested other governors take it up in their respective states," he said. He said an award for the best university had been set up with a prize money of Rs 5 crore in this regard.

Speaking on the occasion, Rajya Sabha deputy chairman P J Kurien rued that the service motive of educational institutions had been changing to profit motive. He said, "Newspaper reports say medical seats are sold for crores in auction. If a person studies medical course by spending a crore of rupees, what will happen? "

Insisting on more investment in education by the government and private sector, founder-chancellor of VIT University G Viswanathan said, "Liberalisation came in industries and commerce in 1991 itself, but not in the case of education so far. Here, 10 lakh students compete for 52,000 medical seats. Thus, they even go to Bangladesh, Nepal and Philippines for medical admission. Students need to be given good education and opportunity."

Archbishop Antony Pappusamy of Madurai, Madras Christian College principal R W Alexander Jesudasan, the American College principal M Davamani Christober and representatives of AIACHE were present at the function.

Source: Times of India

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