There is good news for male students who want to study Bachelor's of Elementary Education (B El Ed). For a long time, available only in women's colleges, the course will find its way into a co-educational college.
“Dyal Singh College has been granted approval to start the B El Ed course by the Faculty of Education,” said Bharati Baveja, dean & head, Faculty of Education.
“We carried out inspections and found the college was equipped to hold the course. However, as the college still needs to seek approval from the National Council for Teacher Education, it’s not known when the course will start.”
So far, all the six of the colleges offering the B El Ed course-Aditi Mahavidyalaya, Jesus & Mary College, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Gargi College, Institute of Home Economics, Shyama Prasad Mukherji College, Miranda House and Mata Sundari College are women's college.
For a long time, Delhi University applicants have believed that there is a bias against men who want to take up teaching jobs.
"I had always wanted to be a school teacher," said Vidhan Gehlaut, a DU aspirant. "I felt that the B El Ed course would be perfect for me, as you immediately get a job after completing the course. But as DU does not allow me to study this course, I am going to apply for B Com (Hons). I feel it is unfair that there is a traditional bias towards female students."
But the Faculty of Education insists it was not because of bias that the course was being offered only to women.
“It is only a matter of luck that since we started the course, only women's colleges had approached us,” said Baveja. “But it has nothing to do with bias. We hope in the future several male students can take the course up.”
The B El Ed course is not the only course from which men are barred. Courses such as Bachelor's in Mass Media and Mass Communication and even psychology are available in mostly women's colleges. Zakir Hussain is the only coed college to offer psychology to men.