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the Kerala The government is examining the possibility of opening private universities in the state, sources said. According to reports, a Middle Eastern education group began to take steps to establish private universities in Kerala after the Rajagiri College of Social Sciences began to seek approval for “reputable” university status.

The higher education department, under the UDF regime, recommended allowing private universities. But the PMC-led government strongly opposed the move in the state assembly. In 2016, SFI activists attacked TP Srinivasan during a global education rally in Kovalam. Srinivasan was then vice-chairman of the Higher Education Council.

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KT Jaleel, the former minister, was of the opinion that private universities should not be allowed with the approval of the UGC which ignores the restrictions imposed by the state government. But now, rejecting this, the state government has now submitted an ordinance that orders the Council for Higher Education to submit a report regarding the licensing of private universities. There are 19 graduate schools of arts and sciences and three self-funded engineering schools in the state that have stand-alone status. Most of them could now become private or considered as universities.