Norms for in­te­grated BEd cour­ses re­laxed

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Nation - Musab Qazi [email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

In a bid to en­cour­age teacher train­ing col­leges to take up four-year in­te­grated Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion (BEd) pro­grammes, Na­tional Coun­cil for Teacher Ed­u­ca­tion (NCTE) has re­laxed some of the norms for these cour­ses.

The num­ber of full-time fac­ulty mem­bers re­quired for a unit of In­te­grated Teacher Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gramme (ITEP) has been re­duced from 16 to nine. The built-up area re­quired for the in­sti­tutes run­ning this course has also been shrunk from 2,500 square me­tre (sq m) to 2,000 sq m.

The changes have been in­tro­duced through a no­ti­fi­ca­tion is­sued by the Cen­tral gov­ern­ment last month. NCTE, the apex body for teacher train­ing pro­grammes, has also is­sued a no­tice invit­ing pro­pos­als from ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tutes for the in­te­grated pro­gramme.

The Cen­tral gov­ern­ment has been push­ing for ITEP, as it seeks to im­prove the qual­ity of teacher train­ing pro­grammes. “ITEP em­ploys the best prac­tices of teacher ed­u­ca­tion from across the world. It is also aimed at bring­ing qual­i­ta­tive changes in pre­par­ing teach­ers for the school sys­tem,” reads the no­tice.

The aca­demi­cians, how­ever, fear that the push for ITEP might make it dif­fi­cult for the ex­ist­ing BEd and Diploma in Ed­u­ca­tion (DEd) pro­grammes to sur­vive. “It’s im­plicit that the gov­ern­ment doesn’t want the in­sti­tutes of­fer­ing plain BEd cour­ses as per the new rules for the in­te­grated pro­grammes,” said a for­mer pro­fes­sor at the depart­ment of ed­u­ca­tion of the Univer­sity of Mumbai (MU).

Badrul Is­lam, an Au­rangabad-based ed­u­ca­tion­ist and as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor at Hyderabad’s Maulana Azad Na­tional Urdu Univer­sity, said that the ex­ist­ing in­sti­tutes may find it dif­fi­cult to switch to in­te­grated cour­ses.

“The fac­ulty re­quire­ments for plain BEd is much smaller than that for the in­te­grated course. The col­leges will have to hire ad­di­tional staff to meet the norms,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the Cen­tral gov­ern­ment no­ti­fi­ca­tion, the in­te­grated BEd pro­gramme will be of­fered in two spe­cial­i­sa­tions pre-pri­mary to pri­mary and up­per-pri­mary to sec­ondary.

MUMBAI:

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