Some major changes notified by the National Council of Teachers Education regarding Bachelor of Education (BEd) and Master of Education (MEd) programmes in view of the recommendations of the justice Verma Commission have evoked a mixed reaction from academicians.
A notification in this regard was issued by the NCTE on November 28, which would come into effect immediately.
The duration of BEd and MEd courses has been increased from one year to two years. The students have to pass the two-year BEd course in maximum three-year duration. Several other changes have also been affected in the two courses.
Most academicians, including Harneet Kaur and Shalini Rajput, principal and associate professor of Dharamjeevi Institute of Professional Education, Bagthala village, near here, have welcomed the move to increase in the duration of the courses as well as the new syllabus. They felt that with the introduction of new syllabus quality of subjects would improve as the curriculum would be clearer to students.
They felt that increase of teaching practice in schools from 20 days to four months would help create good teachers as the teachers of the educational institutions were not able to provide skills to the BEd students during 20 days of teaching practice in schools.
However, vice-chairman of Association of Education Colleges, Haryana, Roshan Lal Gupta felt that the increase in duration of the courses would adversely affect students. He said teaching from Class 10 till the end of graduation was increased from four years to five years over 15 years ago and now if the duration of course for educational courses in increased by one year more the students would have to spent two extra years for the same degree without any assurance of job.
Gupta added that the changes made in the syllabus as well as teaching practice could very well be managed as the total number of teaching days has been increased from 180 days to 200 in a year.
He felt that it would add to the financial burden of the students and the existing infrastructure of the colleges would go waste as the number of seats has been reduced to half.
He added that out of 500 self-financing colleges in Haryana, 300 have been accredited by NAAC up to 300 seats for BEd, MEd and DEd courses with sufficient infrastructure, besides a large number of staff, which would go surplus and has to be retrenched.
The Supreme Court after going through the recommendations of the justice
Verma Commission has directed the NCTE to submit a plan of action to introduce the new rules to promote professional quality of teaching education at all stages of education. The Poonam Batra committee, constituted by NCTE to draft new rules on the basis of the Verma commission's recommendations submitted its report in July last, which cleared the way for the new notification by NCTE.