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No additional seats for B.Ed courses in Himachal

No additional seats for B.Ed courses in Himachal
With 80 odd B.Ed and M.Ed colleges in Himachal churning over 8,200 B.Ed graduates every year, the state government has decided not to give additional seats for new B.Ed courses.

However, the existing B.Ed colleges 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), P C Dhiman said here on Friday.

He was speaking during a one-day workshop on "Building a Vision for Quality Teacher Education in Himachal Pradesh" organised byHimachal Pradesh Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Commission here on Friday.

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, he said.

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

Regional Director of the NCTE, Dr S K Chauhan highlighted the provisions of new regulations and said that online applications for recognition of courses from the institutions including integrated courses would be received up to May 30, 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 namely, 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, he added.

B.Ed, M.Ed programmes to be of 2 years duration

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 included streamlining of admission processes, issues relating to inspections, affiliation and governance, low level of accreditation of educational institutions imparting teachers education.

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