Visit the Central Institution of Education (also known as department of education) now and you will find students queuing up to submit their application forms. With the last date of application drawing close (May 5 is the last date for the BEd programme), thousands of students-cum-prospective teachers are busy completing the pre-admisison formalities for one seat among the 300 (approx). It is expected that like last year, this year too the number of applicants will cross 8000.
After finishing his BSc from a DU college, Ashok Meena applied for MSc, LLB and BEd – all in DU. Much to his delight, he was selected for all three. The reason why he chose BEd was because “in just one year, you become job-ready. During the time of training in school, we are treated with a distinct respect, all because of the CIE,” says Meena. Another student, Divyanshu Patel, came from Lucknow to study here, because of the “top notch” faculty of CIE. “Some of them have held key positions in policy-making bodies related to education. We have a professor, Krishna Kumar, who retired as the director of the NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training) and the dean Anita Rampal was a member of the NCF 2005 (National Curriculum Framework). These teachersfamiliarised us with important and contemporary issues like the RTE Act and its ramifications,” says Patel.
Famous for: Its good placement record and 63-year-old heritage.
Programmes: BEd (Bachelor of Education), MEd (Master of Education) - part time and full time, Bachelor of Elementary Education (BElED), MPhil (part time and full time) and PhD
Extra curricular: Cultural events make an integral part of the curriculum. The college has a panchayat system, which organises quizzes, debates, dance, and musical events. “I developed a different kind of personality here. I am from Rajasthan (Jaipur) and came to Delhi for BEd. Here, we are encouraged to participate in all kinds of activities like dance, theatre and sports which I really enjoy,” says Bhawani Shanker, a student.
Infrastructure: The BEd programe is being run at the CIE building in north campus and MV college of education while the BElEd is run at Aditi Mahavidyalaya, Gargi College, Institute of Home Economics, Jesus and Mary College, Lady Shri Ram College, Miranda House etc.
Central Institute of Education (CIE), was established in 1947, the year India got independence. The first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and his Education Minister Maulana Abul Kalam Azad took interest in its establishment and its activities and progress. Maulana Azad visualised the function of CIE as not merely an institute churning out teachers but as one that evolves into a research centre that will solve all problems regarding education in the country. The first programme, a BT (Bachelor of Teaching), was started in 1947. It later became BEd in 1951. BEd (correspondence) and MEd (evening) courses started in 1966