AFTER DAYS of dithering, the Western Region Committee of the National Council of Teachers Education (NCTE) today finally handed over the list of recognised B Ed Colleges to the State Council of Education Research and Training, late on Thursday evening.
Sources said that the list includes names of 295 B Ed Colleges, including 277 private colleges and 18 government colleges. Of the 277 colleges, 189 have been given clear recognition, while 88 were given conditional recognition.
The 18 government colleges, including the including the Regional College of NCERT and five UTDs, have also been given recognition.
Consequent to the submission of the list, the SCERT would scrutinise and tally the list of the recognised colleges and would send it across to the higher education department. The admission process (distribution and collection of application forms) is thus expected to restart from Saturday, sources said, though there is no official word on this yet.
The issue of the recognised list of B Ed colleges stretched too long, with the NCTE keeping on dithering over finalisation. The delay led the senior officials of SCERT to contact the NCTE head office at New Delhi, expressing displeasure over functioning of the NCTE regional office.
Before this, Chief Secretary Vijay Singh, who is also chairman of the SCERT, had expressed displeasure over the entire controversy.
The controversy started with the release of a list of 146 recognised colleges by the NCTE last week. However, this list was later withdrawn following hue and cry from managements of colleges that were left out.
Since then, despite pressure from SCERT, the NCTE office has not been able to come out with a fresh list. Meeting on fees inconclusive: Meanwhile, a meeting regarding fixing of fees structure for private B Ed Colleges held at the Department of Higher Education on Thursday remained inconclusive.
It may be mentioned that a problematic situation has arisen regarding the fees structure of private B Ed Colleges. The State Government had fixed Rs 15,000 as fees for open category students and Rs 5,000 for reserved category students last year.
However, some colleges went to the High Court and were allowed to collect Rs 10,000 as extra fees. This has created a discrepancy and the government is seeking to sort it out.
However, the entire matter was examined today but no decision could be reached, Vice-Chancellor of Barkatullah University Prof R S Sirohi, who attended the meeting, said.