Now, get a BEd along with BA or BSc in 4 yrs

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION - NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: In the new aca­demic ses­sion, those clear­ing Class XII board ex­ams will have the op­tion to join four-year in­te­grated BA-B Ed or BSc-B Ed cour­ses.

Ac­cord­ing to a HRD min­istry source, the move to drop the present two-year course in Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion is to en­sure that only se­ri­ous as­pi­rants opt to be part of the teach­ing pro­fes­sion like in the case for en­gi­neer­ing or medicine.

The min­istry is plan­ning to re­vamp the twoyear B Ed course to a 4-year in­te­grated teacher train­ing pro­gramme. The min­istry had writ­ten to the Na­tional Coun­cil for Teacher Ed­u­ca­tion (NCTE) to start work­ing on this plan which was also an­nounced by fi­nance min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley in his bud­get speech.

NCTE sources said the re­vamped syl­labus for the in­te­grated BA-B Ed and BSc-B Ed will be more prac­ti­cal-ori­ented.

In Novem­ber 2014, NCTE had un­veiled new mod­els for teacher train­ing cour­ses, in­clud­ing the two-year B Ed af­ter grad­u­a­tion, re­plac­ing the one-year course and the four-year in­te­grated course af­ter Class XII. As of March 2016, 15 lakh stu­dents were pur­su­ing teacher train­ing cour­ses. Of them, only 4,000 were pur­su­ing the in­te­grated pro­gramme.

Ac­cord­ing to HRD sources, NCTE is likely to sub­mit the draft pro­posal by March, 2018. The min­istry is likely to fi­nalise the rules and reg­u­la­tions for the cour­ses be­fore the com­mence­ment of the 2018-19 aca­demic ses­sion so that uni­ver­si­ties can opt for it and an­nounce the ad­mis­sion sched­ule.

The re­vamped syl­labus for the in­te­grated BA-B Ed and BSc-B Ed will be more prac­ti­cal-ori­ented, said NCTE sources

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