Reallotment of BEd seats sought

Bangalore University BEd Task Force has requested the government to reallot seats for BEd course through centralised admission cell.

The Task Force has written to the Commissioner of Public Instruction (CPI), who is in charge of monitoring BEd admissions for government quota, asking for another round of allotment of seats by excluding blacklisted BEd colleges.

On Thursday, the Higher Education department issued a show-cause notice to Bangalore University, asking why it had renewed affiliation to tainted teacher education colleges. The university had set up BEd Task Force to inspect the status of its affiliated teacher education colleges and, the panel had recommended disaffiliation of many of the colleges as they lacked basic infrastructure.

The report was passed in both the Syndicate and Academic Council. In spite of this, the university chose to renew affiliation to the  blacklisted colleges. Questioning its action, the Higher Education department has asked the university to implement the recommendations of the Task Force.

In this light, the Task Force has asked the CPI to reallot seats. The government has allotted 479 seats in 97 blacklisted colleges. The panel has requested the government to accommodate these students in ‘eligible’ colleges. The number of seats vacant in the 26 ‘eligible’ colleges, as per the Task Force report, are 406. Now, the government will have to work out a way to accommodate the remaining 73 students after filling the 406 vacant seats.

BU acting Vice Chancellor N Rangaswamy said that the university has been given a week’s time to respond to the showcase notice. He said the university will be merely stating reasons for not implementing the Task Force recommendation and, the notice does not place any obligation on it its implementation.

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