Academic Divisions of the Council

             Kerala State Higher Education Council functions as a collective of the Government, Universities, academics, experts and people’s representatives in order to forge a synergic relationship among them by occupying an operational space in between the Government and Universities and between Universities and apex level regulatory bodies, with the objects of
(i) ensuring the autonomy and accountability of all institutions of higher learning in the State,
(ii) promoting academic excellence and social justice by providing academic input to the State Government for policy formulation           and perspective planning, and
(iii) guiding the growth of higher education in accordance with the socio-economic requirements of the State.

In order to achieve such objectives, the Council has the role to
(i) review and coordinate the implementation of policies in all higher education institutions in the State including Universities,              research institutions and colleges,
(ii) network various programmes in higher education undertaken and promoted by the Central and State Governments and by               national level regulatory bodies,
(iii) undertake independent work for the generation and dissemination of new ideas in higher education,
(iv) provide common facilities for all Universities, research institutions, colleges and other
centres of higher learning
(v) provide for the generation and optimum utilization of funds for the expansion and development of higher education and
(vi) undertake such other programmes for promoting the objectives of social justice and excellence in education.

As a part of enhancing the activities more systematically, to provide common facilities for the entire State by establishing following Three centres,

(1) Centre for Research on Policies in Higher Education
The Kerala State Higher Education Council provides advice on policy matters to the government in general and on specific issues referred to the council by the government. In accordance to the issues, committees are constituted for making policy recommendations to the government. The council takes independent studies also. Financial assistance is provided to conductSeminars/Workshops/Training etc. at various levels for the above purposes. Consultation n on policy issues, conduct of periodic/annual public lectures on highereducation, organising international/national/state level workshops/seminars/conferences on higher education etc. are some of the programmes initiated by the council under this division

      (2) Centre for Curriculum Development and Examination
The Kerala State Higher Education Council suggests improvements in curriculum and syllabi of undergraduate and post graduate courses in the state, in accordance with the evolving social and academic changes and challenges. The council also facilitates the development and publication of appropriate teaching materials including textbooks, educational software and e-learning facilities etc. in order to improve the quality of education. In order to fulfil these objectives, necessary committees are formed to study the situation and revamp curriculum/syllabi. Besides, seminars/workshops on curriculum development, curriculum revision, examination reforms etc. are conducted at various levels, orientation/training programmes for teachers are also held. Conduct of workshops on Outcome Based Education (OBE) is one of the important activities presently undergoing. 

      (3) Centre for Human Resources Development and Capacity Building
Centre for Human Resource Development and Capacity Building is one of the three academic divisions of the Council. The Centre strives to improve the intellectual and academic resource available to us. It envisages a socially oriented approach in all its activities. Some of the major on-going projects of the Centre include Prabudhatha (Community Higher Education) and Workshops for researchers and faculty. The former attempts to establish public participation in higher education in the state while subjecting these institutions to social auditing, and promotes in them a sense of answerability to the society in their visions and methods. The workshops of the Centre equip teachers and researchers with latest trends and paradigms in academic trajectories.

      (4) Faculty Development Centre (FDC)
FDC engages with various activities for enhancing the quality of teaching-learning activity in the state universities and the affiliated institutions through by providing advanced training with the help of experts from emerging areas of pedagogy, and other domains of knowledge in higher education. Professional development of faculty members has gained the attention of educational institutions from all over the world. The present higher education sector of the country has to address the growing trends of globalization, advent of the knowledge economy, revolution and modern technology, social dissemination of educational outcomes in terms with Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) affecting university education. This can be accomplished through innovative as well as proven approaches in preparation and delivery of quality learning contents, conducting scientific research and solving community problems in the context of blended learning.

The future trend of training activity recommends the following thrust areas,

i) Induction Training Programmes for newly appointed faculty As per the budget document, new recruitments of 1000 faculty members is expected to be completed in an year. Currently, KSHEC has MGP (Moulding the Guru Programme) for recent entrants the foray teaching profession in higher education. FDC will organise such induction level training programmes in collaboration with major centres of excellence in the country utilising the resources of eminent scholars who can impart innovative pedagogical skills and capacity building of new entrants in the field of teaching. 
ii) Nourishing Guru Programmes (NGP) Discipline specific training for newly recruited teachers is being provided by KSHEC since 2018 but with a limited number due to financial constraints. This in collaboration with centres of excellence in the country as well as national research institutions. It can be done through providing financial & academic support to the HE institutions for organising such programmes. The lead college can conduct such training with participation from faculty of nearby colleges (as clusters)
iii) Mid Service Training for teachers The council has a scheme called Pruning the Guru Programme (PGP) for mid service training for teachers using professionally designed training modules. This can be oraganised at university and at the college level as part of the Career Advancement Scheme (CAS) for promotion at par with the functions of HRD centres of UGC in selected Universities. This will ensure continuous quality assurance of teaching profession.
      (5) State Assessment and Accreditation Centre (SAAC)
The primary objective of the SAAC is to assess and assign state level accreditation and grades to all higher education institutions in the state including universities, government and aided colleges, autonomous colleges and self financing institutions/colleges. The Council had incorporated the establishment of SAAC as a major initiative in our plan proposal for 2019-20 and accordingly, the Honourable Governor declared the decision of the Government to establish the Centre under KSHEC. The Council conducted several district wise programmes for colleges pertaining to various aspects of SAAC. The proposed initiatives of SAAC, the council scheme out (1) The PATH: Scheme for Mentoring Accreditation Aspirant Higher Education Institutions in Kerala, which organises Residential Orientation Programme (2/3 days) for Non-Accredited Higher Education Institutions, (2) Mentor- Mentee Scheme: For those institutions willing to go for accreditation within 3 years for Non-Accredited Higher Education Institutions (3) Continuous Quality Improvement Programme (CQIP) & Institutional Development Plan (IDP) for those Institutions with NAAC grade point 2.5 or less.