A very highly-qualified Sanjeev Bhardwaj, with MSc and MPhil degrees from Jawaharlal Nehru University, did something unexpected after he found his rank “too” low in the IAS exam’s list of selected candidates. The man who finds human nature to be “strange” turned to education and went on to do his BEd and MEd from the University of Delhi.
Education as a subject “apne aap mein science, arts…sab ko samete huay hai (encompasses science, arts),” says Bhardwaj, now an assistant professor at Aster College of Education, Greater Noida, where he teaches education philosophy. He is also a PhD candidate at Central Institute of Education, University of Delhi.
Does he feel satisfied with teaching? It’s very difficult to tell, he says. How can you understand how satisfied your students are just by looking at their faces and scores, he asks.
He doesn’t agree with the common notion that equates marks with a person’s capability. What baffles him is that students can do MA (English) in Hindi. (They can write detailed answers on poems in Hindi, he says.) “Iska thoda impact hota hai education par (this has some impact on education.” If products of this background are coming to you, then the system of BEd should change, says Bhardwaj, adding, it should take this reality into account. “The BEd syllabus should change.” Otherwise, it’s difficult to maintain quality, he says.
He doesn’t blame students for any of this as this a “question mark” on the system.
Teaching profiles and institutes at a glance
PGT and TGT
To become a trained graduate teacher (TGT), one requires a bachelor’s degree in any discipline and a BEd. A postgraduate teacher (PGT) should have a master’s degree (normally in a subject taught at the school level or thereabout) plus a BEd. A TGT teaches Class 6 to Class 10 and a PGT, Class 11 and Class 12
Delhi government schools - Rs 33,000 a month
Kendriya Vidyalayas and Navodaya Vidyalayas - Rs 34,000-Rs 35,000
Delhi government schools - Rs 35,000 a month
Kendriya Vidyalayas and Navodaya Vidyalayas - Rs 37,000 a month
The salary is generally a bit lower — Rs 2,000-Rs 3,000 less — outside Delhi due to the difference in the costs of living in non-metro areas, says Sanjeev Bhardwaj, an assistant professor of education. In the case of private schools, it’s hard to generalise because the range is wide, from a few thousand rupees to close to a lakh, he adds
* University of Delhi www.du.ac.in
* Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi www.jmi.nic.in
* Banaras Hindi University, Varansai www.bhu.ac.in
* University of Hyderabad www.uohyd.ac.in
* Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi www.ipu.ac.in
* National Council of Educational Research and Training’s Regional Institute of Education, multiple locations www.ncert.nic.in