The Himachal Pradesh government on Friday made it clear that it would not allow new courses for Bachelor of Education (B Ed) colleges running in the state.
"Many B Ed institutions are already running in the state, therefore, the government has decided not to give additional courses to them," said additional chief secretary (education) PC Dhiman at a work shop organised by Himachal Pradesh Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Commission on "Building a Vision for Quality Teacher Education in HP" at Himachal Institute of Public Administration, Fair Lawn in Shimla.
The government, however, gave B Ed colleges an option of integrated course as per the new regulations National Council for Teacher Education (Recognition Norms and Procedure) Regulations, 2014. The chairperson of the regulatory commission, Sarojini Ganju Thakur, outlined the objective of workshop and described challenges faced in the quality teacher education in the state.
National Council for Teacher Education regional director SK Chauhan highlighted the provisions of new regulations and clarified that for the academic session 2015-16 online applications for recognition of courses from the institutions, including integrated courses, would be received up to May 30, 2015 and no objection certificate (NOC) of the affiliating body/university was mandatory before submitting application to the NCTE.
Besides, extending duration of teacher education programmes (B Ed, M Ed and B P Ed) from 1 year to 2 years, the NCTE has also included three new programmes- B Ed (part time), BA-B Ed/B Sc-B Ed (4 years) integrated programme and B Ed -M Ed (3 years) integrated programme- from academic session 2015-16. It is for the first time that B Ed/B Tech qualification has also been included in the eligibility criteria of admission to the B Ed programme.
The other issues deliberated during the workshop included streamlining of admission processes, issues relating to inspections, affiliation and governance, low level of accreditation of educational institutions imparting teachers education.
NCTE regional director Dinker Burathoki informed that in the new regulation provision of issuing deficiency letter stood omitted and now the non-complying institution would get show cause notice directly. He also expressed his concern for repeated relaxation in prescribed norms and criteria by the affiliating university and insisted upon establishing a level playing field both in public and private institutions.
The outlined objective of the workshop was to build a vision and suggest measures for improving the quality of teachers' education and creating good benchmarks for private higher education in the state.