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BEd colleges under scrutiny

The affiliation of over 15,000 colleges is to be reviewed following PMO's intervention, writes Chetan Chauhan.

india Updated: Apr 28, 2006 16:28 IST

The affiliation of the country's over 15,000 BEd colleges is to set to be reviewed following the PMO's intervention.

This comes after there were complaints from many states — especially Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal — about the functioning and proliferation of private teacher-training institutes.

Recently, Uttar Pradesh Governor T.V. Rajeshwar had alleged that several institutes had been given affiliation without proper inspection and the result was the creation of commercial education centres.

In West Bengal, the future of thousands of students is in jeopardy as the state high court has ordered the closure of institutes which do not have the mandatory affiliation from the National Council for Teachers Education (NCTE). In Bihar many NCTE-affiliated institutes are said to be there just for issuing certificates.

During the regime of chairperson Professor Sardindu, the NCTE was said to have turned a deaf ear towards such complaints. In March, the Human Resource Development Ministry had sacked Sardindu.

"The Rajasthan HC imposed a penalty of Rs 25,000 on him for telling a lie but he had still continued at helm of affairs," said R.P. Singh, president of the All India Association of Teacher's Education. "We took up the issue with the PMO and action was taken."

Singh said that there had been large-scale corruption in giving affiliation to private BEd colleges. In one district in Uttar Pradesh, 75 new BEd colleges were given affiliation in two years. Meerut University has about 170 BEd colleges, said Singh.

Now, things seem to be finally moving at the NCTE. "We've directed all regional offices to find out which institutes are running without inspection and to review the process of inspection in the suspect institutions," said S.K. Thakur, acting chairperson, NCTE. A schedule of inspection will be ready in a few days.