Monday, October 04, 2010

Universities to offer B.Ed. course along with graduation

In a move aimed at providing more trained teachers, select universities will soon offer B.Ed. course along with graduation in science or arts subjects under the 3+1 pattern. In a meeting presided over by HRD minister Kapil Sibal, Vice-Chancellors of central universities have agreed to the proposal. "Decks will be cleared to introduce it in July 2011, once it gets the nod of the academic councils of select universities," V.N. Rajashekharan Pillai, VC of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), said.

The four-year integrated course will not be available to the students of commerce stream. The students in three-year graduation course can choose to study for another academic year to get a bachelor's degree in education. Some regional colleges in India already have this kind of integrated course, he noted. A committee, headed by Pillai, has been asked to give suggestions regarding the curriculum to the HRD ministry. Some top-notch colleges in India have agreed to this proposal, he said, adding, "We have approached National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to help us in designing the course materials."

The proposal aims at providing more trained teachers in lesser period to propel the development of school education. In the meeting, VCs also agreed to facilitate swapping of teachers between colleges. They also agreed to have a Navratna for central universities that will include those which follow strict guidelines and educational standards. But, this does not mean that there will only be nine universities in Navratna. It is only to increase positive competition between the central universities.

Meanwhile, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to introduce a six-month diploma course for academic administrators to train them in developing skills to manage the education system. "NCERT has been asked to design the course subjects," UGC Under Secretary Veena Nayyar said.

Source: The Economic Times, October 4, 2010
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