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B Ed colleges take refuge under SC order

THE B Ed college association of the city today presented Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidyalaya (DAVV) acting Vice Chancellor (V-C) Dr Rajkamal with a Supreme Court decision stating that if they possessed National Council for Training and Education (NCTE) recognition they were not bound to have State government or university affiliation.

india Updated: Oct 14, 2006 17:41 IST

THE B Ed college association of the city today presented Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidyalaya (DAVV) acting Vice Chancellor (V-C) Dr Rajkamal with a Supreme Court decision stating that if they possessed National Council for Training and Education (NCTE) recognition they were not bound to have State government or university affiliation.

Meanwhile, National Students Union of India (NSUI) activists protested at the RNT Marg campus of the university against the confusing diktats given from time to time by the university, thereby, endangering the future of hundreds of students.

The association president and Indore Mahavidyalaya chairman Girdhar Nagar said that a delegation called upon the V-C in response to the two-days of conundrum created by the university by declaring that out of 23 B Ed colleges only three met 80 per cent NCTE norms and as per the decision of the Executive Committee (EC) others would just not be considered for affiliation.

NCTE chairman Vishnu Rajoriya provided a copy of the Supreme Court document presumably on the plea of the B Ed college directors after they perceived harassment at the hands of the university.

The decision states, “the field of teacher education is fully and completely under the NCTE Act and not open for the State governments or other agencies to encroach upon”.

More importantly “…. verification of physical and instructional infrastructure of the institution or putting restrictions as to location of the institution, shall not apply in case of orders of recognition issued by NCTE”.

Citing this decision Nagar stated that the direct implication of the same was that the university, which had pointed out several shortfalls in almost all colleges as the grounds for not giving affiliation could not do so with those having NCTE recognition. The V-C unable to make a head in this matter asked for time for consulting legal advisors on this point newly brought to the notice of the university.

Dr Rajkamal had held a meeting with the association members attended by representatives from about 15 colleges yesterday where he presented documentary statistics based on stale reports.

The university inspection team headed by DCDC Dr PN Mishra and Department of Education Director Dr DS Sansanwal had visited the colleges four months back and the report was issued on June 13. Since then the colleges had rectified their discrepancies leaving no ground for complaint.

Nagar alleged that when he pointed out these glaring discrepancies Sansanwal left the meeting mid-way and Deputy Registrar Anil Sharma who had purportedly arranged for the meeting remained absent.  The incident of creating the hoopla by whacking the axe on one day and giving flowers on the next has raised doubts about whether some university officials wanted to extract bribes in the name of affiliation. 

The issue of granting affiliation to B Ed colleges by DAVV has become a bone of contention as the matter becomes more puzzling with each passing day. NSUI activists under the leadership of city president Abhinandan Sharma took out a rally from Madhumilan Square to the RNT Marg campus and demonstrated using ‘Gandhigiri’ methods.

He alleged that the university was unable to clearly state how many colleges would be given affiliation, thereby leaving a question mark on the future of nearly 2,000 students. They demanded an enquiry against section officer Sharma and asked for his removal. They also demanded appointment of a person on the post of DCDC so that he could mange the affair better. At present Mishra heads the post along with that of some other important offices.

Fingers have been pointed against Dr Rajkamal, Mishra, Sharma, Sansanwal and acting Registrar MK Tiwari. Leaving the affairs of the university in a mess Dr Rajkamal today left on a three-day visit to New Delhi.