Dayal Singh College (Evening) was to be the first co-ed college at the Delhi University (DU) to start the Bachelor of Elementary Education (BElEd) from this year but, much to the dismay of boys, the matter is pending with the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE).
Even though the department of education at the varsity welcomed the move and gave its approval last year, the NCTE has allegedly put hurdles in the work of DU.
“We expected the approval to come before the session begins. But we are really surprised by the slow procedure,” said Anita Rampal, head of department, Department of Education, DU.
The college authorities are also miffed by the delay. “The inspection by university officials was done in February last year and they gave their go-ahead soon after. We sent letters to NCTE to seek their approval but the officers there said that they never received any correspondence. We submitted the form again in October last year to get the approval for this session,” said Shivani Singh, assistant professor at Dayal Singh College.
The NCTE, however, refutes these allegations. “Dayal Singh College didn’t complete the formalities according to the required format,” said Mohammad Akhtar Siddiqui, chairperson, NCTE.
BElEd is a four-year programme after which a graduate is entitled to work as a teacher for any class up to the eighth standard in any government or private school. The course also offers a great chance of employability, making it immensely popular among the prospective teachers.
This year, 10,500 students, (read girls), applied for a around 375 seats in the eight colleges including Lady Sri Ram College, Miranda House and Gargi College.