No additional seats to be given for new B.Ed courses in Himachal Pradesh

May 01, 2015 16:45 | Education&Sports
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The State Government would not give additional seats for new B. Ed courses in the State but the existing institutions could opt for integrated courses as per National Council for Teacher Education (Recognition Norms and Procedure) Regulations, 2014, as the large numbers of B. Ed. institutions are already running in the State.

Additional Chief Secretary (Education) Shri P.C. Dhiman disclosed this while presiding over a one day workshop on ‘Building a Vision for Quality Teacher Education in Himachal Pradesh’ organized by  the Himachal Pradesh Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Commission  (HP-PERC) at Himachal Institute of Public Administration, Fair lawn Shimla.  He said that the objective of the workshop was to build a vision and suggest measures for improving the quality of teachers’ education and creating good benchmarks for private higher education in the State. 

Chairperson of the Regulatory Commission Smt. Sarojini Ganju Thakur outlined the objective of workshop and described challenges in quality teacher education in the State.

Regional Director of the National Council for Teacher Education Dr. S. K. Chauhan highlighted the provisions of new Regulations.  He said that on-line applications for recognition of courses from the institutions including integrated courses would be received up to 30th May 2015 for the academic session 2015-16 and No Objection Certificate of the Affiliating body/University was mandatory before submitting application to the NCTE.

The extending duration of teacher education programs (B. Ed., M.Ed. and B.P.Ed.) from 1 year to 2 years, the NCTE has also included three new programs i.e B. Ed. (part time), BA-B.Ed/B.Sc-B.Ed 4 years Integrated program and B.Ed.-M.Ed. 3 years Integrated program from academic session 2015-16. It is for the first time that B.E./B.Tech qualification has also been included in the eligibility criteria of admission to the B. Ed. program.

The Regional Director informed that in the new Regulation provision of issuing deficiency letter stands omitted and now the non-complying institution would get show cause notice directly.  He also expressed concern for repeated relaxation in prescribed norms and criteria by the affiliating University and insisted upon establishing a level playing field both in public and private institutions.     

The other issues deliberated during the workshop include streamlining of admission processes, issues relating to inspections, affiliation and governance, low level of accreditation of educational institutions imparting teachers education. The representatives of the Private Colleges of Education emphasized that given the time constraints to switchover to revised pattern, the affiliating University i.e. Himachal Pradesh University should organize a workshop for framing of new syllabus within the broad framework laid down by the NCTE and to streamline admission process and other academic aspects in consultation with the stakeholder institutions.     

Shri Sunil Sharma, Member (HP-PERC), Sh. Dinkar Burathoki, Director (Higher Education), prominent academicians and management of the Private Colleges of Education of the State were also present in the workshop.