September 27, 2020

AMU course yet to get approval from council

Patna: A Bachelor of Education (BEd) course being run by the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) centre at Kishanganj since 2013-14 is yet to get affiliation from the National Council for Teacher Education.

University sources said NCTE is not giving affiliation because of poor infrastructure at the varsity. The AMU centre at Kishanganj, 362km north-east of Patna, is presently running from two buildings. “The campus has failed to create infrastructure as the Centre is not releasing funds,” AMU-Kishanganj’s liaison officer Prof M.J. Warsi, said. “The university started its academic programme in 2013 and we also received land from the Bihar government in 2011. But no construction work has commenced for a permanent campus due to lack of cooperation from the Centre in releasing funds.”

Warsi claimed that the university received just Rs 10 crore against the approved Rs 136.82 core in 2016.

The poor infrastructure is taking a toll on students’ intake. “Due to poor infrastructure, the university is failing to attract students,” an AMU-Kishanganj official said on condition of anonymity. “In 2013-14, when the university started BEd course, all 50 seats got filled up. But there has since been a drop. In 2016-17, 27 students had enrolled for the course; last year (2017-18) it was 15.” It is the same with the MBA course too. In 2014-15, 58 students took admission against the sanctioned 60 MBA seats; in 2017-18, admission dropped to 16.

Students also blame the institute’s administration for its poor growth. “The varsity’s director, Rashid Nehal, is not very pro-active,” a BEd student at AMU-Kishanganj said on condition of anonymity. “In the past five years he has failed to get recognition for the BEd course. Many institutes running BEd courses with poorer infrastructure facilities have got NCTE recognition.” The student also claimed that the director failed to appoint permanent teachers.

Director Rashid Nehal refused comment when asked about poor infrastructure on the campus. “Only AMU-Aligarh administration can say anything on this,” he said.

A decision to open AMU campuses at Murshidabad in Bengal, Mallapuram in Kerala and and Kishanganj in Bihar was taken during the UPA I government at the Centre. In 2011, the Bihar government allocated 224 acres for construction of the campus. Sources said construction of the new campus has already started at Murshidabad and Mallapuram.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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