The Academic Council of the University of Kerala on Thursday resolved to recognise on a reciprocal basis the conventional degrees — up to doctoral level — of the top 150 universities in the world as identified by Times Higher Education.
Of these, 58 universities are in the U.S.; 22 in the U.K.; 11 in the Netherlands; seven in Germany; six each in Switzerland, Canada and Australia; five in Sweden; four in France; three each in Denmark and Korea; two each in Belgium, Singapore and China; and one each in Finland, Ireland, South Africa, Taiwan and Israel.
The M.Sc. Applied Microbiology course of the Madras University would be recognised only for the purpose of higher education. It was decided not to grant recognition to the M.Sc. Aquaculture course of the M.G. University.
The Council recommended that the departments of Physics and Chemistry at Fatima Mata National College, Kollam, be elevated as research centres. A similar recommendation was made for the Department of Physics at TKM College of Arts and Science, Kollam. The Council recommended that the Department of Economics at Government College for women, Thiruvananthapuram, the Department of Physics at Bishop Moore College, Mavelikara and the Department of Chemistry at S.D. College, Alappuzha, be elevated as research centres.