IN A bid to put an end to the duplication and confusion arising in running of B Ed course in the State, efforts have been renewed to bring the course under the purview of a single department. Sources said that from the next academic session onwards the Higher Education Department is all set to take over the reins of the course thereby snapping its links with the School Education Department – precisely the Rajya Shiksha Kendra.
Currently, the Higher Education and the School Education Department both are involved in running of the B Ed course. The Rajya Shiksha Kendra of the School Education Department gives the basic no-objection certificate, based on which the regional office of the National Council of Teachers Education (NCTE) gives permission to the private institutions to colleges in the State.
After the colleges are permitted to open, they have to seek fresh no-objection certificates from the Higher Education Department to be able to get affiliation from the universities concerned.
Till the last academic session (2005-06), the Rajya Shiksha Kendra conducted the entire admission process to the B Ed colleges, but this year another entity – in the form of the MP Board of Secondary Education — came into play as it was given the responsibility to conduct the admission process. The process got into hitches, as there was confusion regarding the list of recognised colleges issued by the NCTE.
Added to this, a Supreme Court directive and revised NCTE guidelines that seek to curtail the role of states’ higher education departments in granting permission to the private B Ed colleges added to the confusion of the situation.
Several colleges failed to apply for no-objection certificate from the Higher Education Department under the light of the Supreme Court directive. However, the department came out with a diktat to the universities that no affiliations are to be given without the no-objection from the department. This created a deadlock because without affiliation, the course is deemed illegal and students cannot appear for exams.
The matter is in process of being resolved with the Higher Education Department deciding to soften stand for this year keeping in view the welfare of students already admitted. But, the State Government has taken a very stern view of the confusions and violation of their norms.
In a review meeting held some months ago, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had suggested unification of the course under one department.
Following a recent meeting between the officials of the Higher Education Department and the Rajya Shiksha Kendra, a decision was taken to renew efforts for bringing the course under the umbrella of the Higher Education Department, so that there are no duplications and confusions.
Higher Education Principal Secretary Dr Bhagirath Prasad told HT that steps are being initiated in the direction of unification of course but the matter is in preliminary stages now.