Kerala is all set to get its 1st Open University named after social reformer Sree Narayana Guru. The Open University will be officially inaugurated by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on 2nd October 2020. The announcement regarding the 1st Open University of Kerala being dedicated to social reformer Sree Narayana Guru came on a day after the state observed Sree Narayana Guru Jayanti on September 2.
CM Pinarayi Vijayan said that the new varsity will act as a link between the existing distance education system and infrastructure developed by the state government as part of its existing 4 Universities. The university will admit students of all age-group and eminent teachers and experts will be roped in to provide quality education at the university through online classes mode.
Apart from this, for practical training, the new varsity will be aligned to use Laboratories and other basic facilities of government and aided colleges in the state. Open University will also offer courses on skill development as well.
People of all ages can study in the university where eminent teachers and experts will provide online classes, he added.
Sree Narayana Guru was born on August 22, 1856 in the hamlet of Chempazhanthi near Thiruvananthapuram. He was born into a backward Ezhava family, in the caste-ridden Kerala society.