New fields are going to open for physical education students, as their course is being given a makeover. A three-day national orientation workshop of National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) was inaugurated at Khalsa College for Education on Saturday; and on Sunday, HT spotted council chairman Santosh Panda at the event and talked to him about the workshop's objective and plans to promote physical education in the country.
He said the physical education course that has been extended from a year to two, and now will have compulsory modules such as information and communication technology (ICT), yoga education, gender studies, and disability study, besides an entire semester dedicated to internship (practical training). "We have gathered 15 experts from across the country in Amritsar to make the syllabus for diploma, bachelors and masters courses in physical education," said Panda.
The 15 experts and sports scientists include Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University vice-chancellor AM Moorthy, Swarnim Gujarat Sports University vice-chancellor Jatin Soni, former Guru Nanak Dev University dean and Arjuna Award winner Kanwaljeet Singh, and Arjuna Award recipient Suman Sharma. Institutions such as Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and Panjab University are also represented. The team is making the syllabus for various universities in the country.
"The NCTE has taken this initiative to enhance the quality of physical education in the country," said Panda. "The earlier one-year course stressed on theory more than practical knowledge, so we thought of making BPEd and MPEd as two-year courses, adding compulsory internship. The change would come into effect from the session 2015-16. In the session 2016-17, we plan to introduce four year integrated bachelors' courses and three-year integrated bachelors's and masters' programme," the council chairman said.
Physical education won't remain oriented to producing physical education teachers alone; and will open many new career doors. It will prepare students to be sports journalists, sports nutritionists, sports managers, coaches, event managers, sports medicine experts, and sports technologists. Their future employment, says Panda, will depend on their joining a specialisation programme in any chosen course.
The chairman confirmed that the NCTE would take strict action against institutes if they didn't run courses by the new rules. "Only ethical institutes will survive, those that have NAAC accreditation, which is reviewed after five years. They will be required to upload their entire institutional data on the NCTE website ncte-india.org," he clarified.
University Grants Commission (UGC) secretary Jaspal Singh Sandhu inaugurated the three-day workshop and hundreds of physical education educators and specialist from all over the country attended the event.
What students get
Information and communication technology, yoga education, gender studies, and disability study, an entire semester dedicated to internship
New career options
Sports journalist, sports nutritionist, sports manager, coach, event manager, sports medicine expert, sports technologist
Course duration extended from a year to two; four-year and three-year integrated courses to be introduced.