Patna: Only training colleges recognised by the National Council for Teacher Education and affiliated to universities will be allowed to be a part of the combined BEd entrance test, the Bihar government has decided to check the rise of substandard teachers.
This decision has been taken following complaints of teachers getting jobs on degrees obtained from institutions without proper infrastructure and academic facilities. Nalanda Open University will conduct the first combined entrance test for two-year BEd courses on July 1. It has sought a list of the institutions recognised by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE).
S.P. Sinha, the registrar of Nalanda Open University, said: “Going by the NCTE website, we have come to know that many of the institutions have uploaded old recognition letter from the NCTE. The parameters on which their institutions was recognised is also incomplete.”
There are 328 government and private BEd colleges in Bihar, but how many of them are unrecognised will be clear after the university gets the list from the council. According to the criteria fixed by the government to select institutions for the combined entrance test, only those colleges recognised for the 2018-20 session can take students for admission.
Registrar Sinha said if any institution hid details and participated in the entrance test, the varsity would cancel admission of the students. Governor Satya Pal Malik, who is also chancellor of universities, had come down heavily on the mushrooming of BEd colleges, saying private colleges has become a thriving business.
The government also aims to check the fee structure of the institutions.
While the government colleges charge around Rs 10,000 for two years, many private BEd colleges take Rs 2-2.5 lakh for two years.
The chancellor’s office, to regularise the fees structure, has constituted a five-member committee headed by Patna University vice-chancellor Rash Bihari Prasad Singh.
Courtesy: The Telegraph