Kerala is currently embroiled in an epic battle for control over its education system.
The government, backed by the Centre, is looking to make a major shift in how it runs the state’s arts and humanities.
It wants to open the state to women.
The new arts and sciences college, called Kashiwadam, will be a part of the government’s push to give women greater autonomy.
The college will offer an undergraduate degree in social work, arts, design and architecture, and a master’s in arts and design.
Its aim is to open up Kerala to the arts.
“It is a major step towards the state being open for women,” said Kashiwar Krishnamurthy, an independent leader in the Kerala Legislative Assembly who has been advocating for the move.
“If women are not allowed to study in the state, we will be deprived of the arts that we need.”
The college is set to open its doors in February, a year ahead of schedule.
The college’s name, however, is controversial, with many people opposing the term ‘sekhkaram’ or ‘women’s college’ in Kerala’s Hindi-speaking northeast.
Kashiwads parents are also furious.
They want the name changed.
“We have a government that is against us and has not listened to us,” said Krishnamurti, who runs the women’s rights wing of the ruling United Democratic Front.
“Kashiwar’s father and brother have been protesting for years and they’ve not gotten any response from the government.
It is a shame that we can’t just call the college women’s college.”
According to Krishnamu, a woman’s education is essential to the development of the state and that Kashiwaadam will serve to improve the status of women.
“The college is not a women’s university.
It’s a government college,” she said.
“Women have to study for the same subjects in the same universities.
There are only four universities in Kerala, which is a far cry from the six universities that have been opened for women.”
The college, which was originally set up in 2013, has since attracted criticism from several quarters, including the Kerala Human Rights Commission. “
Now the government has decided to close the school, which will have a negative impact on the lives of our girls and our women.”
The college, which was originally set up in 2013, has since attracted criticism from several quarters, including the Kerala Human Rights Commission.
It was also criticised by women’s activist and former Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
Kerala has not had a women-only college since 2011, when the government opened the school to the public.
The commission said the move was not in line with the Indian Constitution.
However, it was later changed to be gender neutral.
The change came as the government was faced with the backdrop of the Kannur school scandal, where it was revealed that students who were given exams in the first-year syllabus were being asked to wear ‘masculine’ clothing.
Kashiwatam has been the subject of a lot of criticism, particularly in the northeastern part of Kerala, where the school is located.
Some women’s groups say the move will only increase pressure on women to undergo further education.
“The new college will be used for the promotion of a new agenda that is not conducive to women’s well-being and autonomy,” said Anant Kumar, spokesperson of the Kerala Women’s Forum, a women group.
“This is the first step towards a radical change to Kerala’s education system, and to women as well.
There is no other option.”
Krishnamurthys son, Anil, who has also been campaigning against the school since he was a child, said the government must reconsider the decision.
“Why would they not allow women to study and do their best if they have to wear something that is a bit ‘masqueraded’ to them?” he said.
“But we are not going to sit by and watch the government turn away women from learning the arts and literature because we know that the state government is against women.”