No management quota for seven MEd colleges

Seven colleges affiliated to Bangalore University will not be allowed to admit students for MEd course under the managment quota this year.

On Wednesday, at the BU academic council meeting, the members decided to bar the seven colleges for failing to comply with the norms set by the National Council for Teachers Education (NCTE).

The seven colleges barred from making admissions under the management quota are: St Pauls MEd college, Smt Mehra’s College of Education, Bangalore City College of Education, Gold Field College of Education, KIET College of Education, SJES College of Education and Vijaya Teachers’ College.

Bangalore University Vice-Chancellor, N Prabhu Dev said at the Academic Council meeting that the University will not be under loss if there are no management seats made available for MEd this year.

“The managements have defrauded the university and the government. I can understand lapses in any other field of education, but not in teachers’ education,” he said.

It was stated at the meeting that as many as 400 applications have been received by BU for the MEd programme for the current academic year. Of these, 50 per cent of the seats are under the University quota and the rest are available under the management quota.

Sending a warning to the debarred colleges, Prabhu Dev said the BU will provide extra faculty, accommodation and classrooms for those admitted under the university quota into these colleges.

Task Force Committee Chairperson H Karan Kumar stated the NCTE had declared BEd and MEd as professional courses.

“By 2020, we need three crore teachers from primary to PG level. As of now, we have about 1.25 crore. This is why changes in the teachers’ education scenario becomes important,” he said.

During the BU Task Force visit to these colleges, several irregularities were identified which included dissertations which were paid for by the students. About 70 per cent of dissertations were found to have been completed in this manner.

In another instance, Dr Nandini N, BEd principal at St Paul’s MEd College, had apparently sought approval in another name to be the Principal of MEd course as well, hence drawing salaries from both the places.

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