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Kerala Launches Four-Year Degree Courses Starting Today

Noida, 01 July 2024: Kerala’s higher education landscape is undergoing a transformative shift as universities across the state launch four-year degree courses starting today, July 1, 2024. This significant academic reform aims to provide students with greater flexibility in subject selection and customizing their educational paths.

The four-year undergraduate programmes, which replace the legacy three-year courses, offer students the opportunity to choose subject combinations based on their interests and career aspirations. This flexibility allows students to alter their course selections during the programme period, ensuring that their academic pursuits align with their evolving goals.

Uniform Academic Calendar and Admission Process

To facilitate a smooth transition, a uniform academic calendar has been introduced, unifying the previously distinct calendars of each university in the state. Admission process for the new academic year has already commenced, with universities inviting applications before May 20. The trial rank list and final rank list will be released before June 15, followed by the start of admissions on June 20.

Higher Education Minister R. Bindu emphasized the student-centric approach adopted in developing the curricula for the four-year undergraduate programmes. “The courses would be unique in each university,” she stated, adding that the flexibility would allow exceptionally bright students to complete their three-year course in two and a half years.

Statewide Celebration and Inauguration

The launch of the four-year degree courses will be marked by a statewide celebration, with universities organizing a ‘Vignanotsavam’ festival, akin to the ‘Vidyarambham’ at schools. During this event, new students will be welcomed to their colleges by their seniors, faculty members, alumni, and people’s representatives.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will officially inaugurate the four-year undergraduate programmes at a function held at the Government College for Women in Thiruvananthapuram. The inauguration will be streamed live across all campuses, with the participation of MLA Antony Raju, Thiruvananthapuram Mayor Arya Rajendran, Kerala State Higher Education Council Vice-Chairperson Rajan Gurukkal, and Kerala University Vice-Chancellor in-charge Mohanan Kunnummal.

Combining Manpower Development and Research

The four-year degree programmes are designed with a two-pronged approach, combining manpower development and research initiatives. This approach aims to elevate Kerala’s higher education system to global standards, ensuring that students are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to thrive in their chosen fields.

The flexibility of the four-year courses extends beyond subject selection. Students will be free to acquire additional credits by completing online courses and use them towards the completion of their degree or honours courses. Inter-university transfers will also be possible, allowing students to pursue their studies at different institutions without disrupting their academic progress.

Commitment to Removing Bureaucratic Tangles

Kerala government has expressed its commitment to removing bureaucratic tangles to ensure better service to students. Academic counsellors will be stationed on campuses to assist students in shaping their courses according to their interests and career goals.

The launch of four-year degree courses in Kerala marks a significant milestone in the state’s efforts to modernize its higher education system. By offering greater flexibility, customization, and opportunities for growth, these programmes aim to empower students and prepare them for the challenges of the 21st century.

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