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Bihar Govt to de-link intermediate education from colleges

Arun Kumar  Patna, June 29, 2007
First Published: 21:34 IST(29/6/2007) | Last Updated: 21:36 IST(29/6/2007)

From  2008, Intermediate teaching will be de-linked from all the degree colleges of the State.

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The Human Resource Development Department has already initiated the process of upgrading a large number of schools to the plus two level to accommodate the students.

The syllabus of plus two has also been revamped to make it in tune with time.

This year, Patna University became the first university in the State to de-link Intermediate from its degree colleges. Now, the process for other universities will commence. The Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) had also recommended de-linking of Intermediate from degree colleges.

To compensate the loss of seats due to de-linking Intermediate from PU, the government upgraded 25 government schools in different parts of the city to plus two level.

Besides, 250 other schools have also been identified for plus two education. More schools will also be identified.

The government will assess the requirements in consultation with university authorities to complete the de-linking exercise.

The classes in the newly upgraded plus two schools in the current session will commence from July 16.

The HRD has made elaborate plans to make the transition smooth and effective. If required, the teachers from the PU would also be roped in for training in conducting practical classes.

The instructors from the training colleges will be deployed in the schools, Intermediate colleges and those degree colleges where Intermediate will continue this year to ensure regular classes and practicals.

Principal Secretary, HRD, Dr MM Jha said efforts were on to revive all the defunct training institutions by filling up large-scale vacancies.

“The training institutions will be linked with the institutions for constant monitoring. There will be proper lab facilities. Besides, there will also be additional facilities of coaching for the students to make sure that they don’t bunk classes, as is usually seen in colleges,” he said.

The government had taken a policy decision to phase out Intermediate education from colleges to conform to the national policy of 10+2+3 and introduce CBSE format in plus two from 2007-09 batch. The new syllabus has already been unveiled, which has several changes from the old Intermediate syllabus.

With the dissolution of the Bihar Intermediate Education Council and revamping of the Bihar School Examination Board, the State now has just one body for both X and plus two, in line with the CBSE and ICSE. “It will also give opportunities to the colleges to grow. The government has already approved PU move to increase the number of seats significantly for its graduation courses,” he added.

arunkr@hindustantimes.com


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