Pitching against the move by Devi Ahilya Vishwavidhyalaya (DAVV), Indore to conduct pre-affiliation inspections on their campuses, 57 B.Ed colleges affiliated to the university have unanimously decided to remain shut for an indefinite period from Wednesday.
The decision was taken after a meeting between college directors and university vice-chancellor Narendra Kumar Dhakkad on Wednesday failed to agree to pre-affiliation inspections. The directors claimed that they would remain closed until the university revoked its decision.
The directors told the VC that the idea of carrying out inspections on their campuses for affiliation would be illegal, and claimed that half of the academic sessions for the year were already over.
As many as 57 B.Ed colleges are affiliated to the DAVV and more than 4,000 students are pursuing B.Ed and M.Ed courses in them.
Girdhar Nagar, Indore Mahavidyalaya director and patron of Malwa Region Education College Association, said that during their meeting with the VC, the directors tabled letters of Gwalior and Bhopal universities, which shows the universities had given affiliation using special power.
“We had even shown high court order in which the court has asked universities to renew affiliations after taking affidavit from the colleges. But the VC was adamant on his decision,” he said.
During the meeting, the directors had argued that the Madhya Pradesh high court, in its ruling in February, stated that only National Council for Teacher Education can inspect teacher education colleges.
The VC, in turn, informed the directors that the university has gone through the court’s order that does not prevent the varsities from carrying out pre-affiliation inspections at teacher education colleges.
Earlier, Dhakkad had made it clear that the university will conduct pre-affiliation inspection as per the norms and it won’t deviate from this norm.
“We don’t want to compromise with the norms anymore and we are going to conduct inspection at all the colleges,” Dhakkad said.