IN A blatant reversal Devi Ahilya Viswavidyalaya (DAVV) acting Vice Chancellor (V-C) Dr Rajkamal today overruled the Executive Committee (EC) decision clearly stating that B Ed colleges not having accreditation from National Council for Training and Education (NCTE) and fulfilling about 80 per cent conditions should not be considered for affiliation.
All the 23 B Ed colleges were given time till tomorrow for presenting their NCTE certificates and those having the same a month’s time to implement NCTE norms.
The strange behaviour by university higher-ups in this matter has confused everyone including the colleges on what they have to present and given wind to the belief that a patch up has been made between the university and colleges starting rumours of a possible scam.
Of the 23 B Ed colleges six are owned directly by politicians and their close kins. Most colleges run from small premises and do not come even close to fulfilling the required norms as acknowledged by the EC.
The college owners had already started pressurising the university to change its decision and NK Lad posted at the V-C office acting on the instructions of deputy registrar (administrative) Dr Anil Sharma summoned them for a meeting today.
Incidentally Sharma’s role is not above suspicion as he has consistently denied having the list for the B Ed Colleges and of those fulfilling the scale of 80 per cent compliance despite his having the charge for the same.
His conspicuous silence under the guise of some lame excuses like antiquated directive of not speaking to media persons and trying to hide even information of a very general nature has cast aspersions on to his integrity.
After the heated meeting ended the college authorities came out with a jubilant look while university officials left fuming. Ishaq Patel Women Teacher Training College principal Dr Renu Jha said that Lad had informed them of the meeting called on the directive of Sharma though he himself was not present in the same. She presented excerpts from Code 28 of the University Act regarding provision for ad-hoc appointment.
Girdhar Nagar of Indore Mahavidyalaya said that almost all colleges had NCTE accreditation in complete contrast to the university claim that most were lacking on this front. SD Malviya of IPS Academy seconded him on the same.
Levying allegations on those university officials who were asked for inspection he said that despite repeated reminders and call for inspection they did not visit the colleges and the university information was based on the July inspection report since when much had changed and almost all colleges had come above the survival mark.
Dr Rajkamal, who had yesterday given names of three colleges and said that the EC decision would be complied with, did a complete u-turn today.
Even after 48-hours of the EC decision he was unable to present the clear picture and could not give the number of colleges that fulfilled EC requirements and those, which failed to do so thus loosing their affiliation.
He had earlier said the fate of a few hundred students studying in these colleges weighed less in comparison to the thousands who would be taught by them and receive inferior quality education from poorly trained teachers. However, he was clearly brought under the sphere of influence of a powerful coterie as witnessed during the tenure of former V-C CS Chaddha.
Acting under pressure from B Ed college administration and this coterie having vested interests he overruled EC decision of not even considering colleges other than those fulfilling 80 per cent NCTE condition and not giving them conditional affiliation. He later instructed his staff to not allow press persons inside.
The status of the B Ed colleges and the future of hundreds of students is becoming a puzzle with the perplexity of university officials on the issue adding to the conundrum. As witnessed every year most of these colleges owned by people looking to deposit their black money by turning the institutes into money minting institutions seem to have an upper hand and looks like they would get away with their act once again.