B'lore University gets notice over 'tainted' BEd colleges

The Higher Education Department has issued a show cause notice to the registrar of the Bangalore University (BU), asking why the resolution of the Syndicate on the renewal of affiliation to BEd colleges should not be annulled.

This follows a number of complaints about the irregularities in the BEd colleges affiliated to BU.

In its letter on Thursday, the Department said that the Academic Council and the University Syndicate had approved the recommendations of the report of the Karan Kumar-led Task Force on the functioning of the BEd colleges on November 2 last year.

However, at the Syndicate meeting on December 12, the members set aside the Task Force report, decided to go with the Local Inquiry Committee (LIC) report and renew the affiliation of the colleges, throwing all norms to the wind. The BEd colleges which were blacklisted by the Academic Audit Committee in 2009 and whose affiliations were cancelled in 2010 got their affiliation with BU renewed.

Affiliations renewed

The letter said that even the affiliations of BEd colleges which neither existed nor were accredited by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) or the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) were renewed.

The Srinidhi College of Education for Women on Bannerghatta Road, run by Sri Venkateshwara Education Society, did not have either an accreditation of the NBA or the NAAC, as required.

The college also did not have adequate infrastructure or a library. It functioned in a nursing college premises, had no separate building and the teachers were paid low salaries.

These were some of the findings of the Local Inquiry Committee (LIC) comprising BU Syndicate member Dr Manasa Nagabhushanam, Academic Council member Jyothi Vijay, Dr M Ramachandra Mohan, Dr Lalitha Aswath and convenor N Sunanda.

Yet, the committee recommended the renewal of its affiliation for BEd course with an intake of 60 students for 2012-13, “subject to the fulfilment of the above observation and conditions”.

The cases of Venkateshwara College of Education and SEA College of Education at Ektanagar were no different. These were just a few of the many BEd colleges that mushroomed in the City, throwing all norms to the wind.

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