At last month’s investors’ meet, Emerging Kerala, 2012, the state received 22 proposals in the education space and these proposals are being evaluated by the state’s education ministry, said the officer requesting anonymity.
Bosch intends to setup a training centre in Kerala, similar to what Mercedes Benz has just announced; the Canadian university is eyeing courses in the higher education space; and the British Council proposes to introduce scholarships but details on the same are sketchy at the moment, the officer said.
An “international work group” has been formed at the higher-education department, and they are evaluating the proposal from the Canadian university, the officer said.
“Officials from Bosch are coming down. The meeting with the British Council will also be held soon,” the officer said.
Other proposals are from self-financed educational institutions in that state, wanting to invest in infrastructure to expand their own facilities, the officer said.
“The response at Emerging Kerala, 2012, hosted to showcase the investment potential of the state, was overwhelming. In total, 240 proposals were received and two memorandums of understanding (MoUs), with Mercedes Benz and Bharat Petroleum, have already been inked,” the officer said.
German luxury car maker Mercedes Benz will invest in an advanced mechatronics training centre, in Thiruvananthapuram. Oil marketing firm Bharat Petroleum will expand its refinery located in Kochi and build a petrochemical complex there, according to news reports.