Counselling for additional MEd seats tomorrow

BU has increased intake following agitation by students

Counselling for additional MEd seats tomorrow

Following a demand from aspirants for its MEd programme, Bangalore University has decided to hold a second round of counselling on Saturday.

The counselling will be conducted for admissions to an additional 35 seats in the department. After the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) withdrew recognition to the BU-affiliated MEd colleges, the number of seats have drastically come down this year.

There were seven teacher education colleges affiliated to the university offering MEd. Each college had 35 seats in all, of which 50 per cent belonged to the management and the rest to the university quota. Apart from this, the programme run in the university department had 35 seats. The NCTE, in April this year, withdrew the recognition to all these seven colleges.

In the interest of the students of these colleges, the university accommodated some of the students in its department on the Jnanabharathi campus. From the 140 seats on offer last time, only 35 seats were open for admissions this time (the seats belonging to the university department). Following agitation from students to increase the intake, the university decided to add another unit of 35 seats in the department itself.

The colleges for which affiliation was withdrawn include: Vijaya Teachers’ College, Bangalore City College of Education, KIET College of Education, Smt Mehra’s College of Education, St Paul’s MEd College and Gold Field College of Education.

Of these, Vijaya Teachers' College is likely to get the NCTE nod as the college's recognition was not given earlier this year due to delay in submission of documents.

Bangalore University on its part is not opposed to giving affiliation to Vijaya College, said Vice Chancellor B Thimme Gowda. If approval for Vijaya Teachers' College comes through, the university will conduct separate counselling to fill the 18 seats under university quota in the college.

 “If the approval is secured within a week, we will be able to conduct separate counselling for these seats,” he told Deccan Herald.

Prof Gowda said the affiliation status of the other six colleges will be decided in the university's Academic Council and the Syndicate meeting next week. The V-C recently constituted a special committee to revisit these colleges and give a fresh report on their infrastructure and quality of education offered.

Prior to the special committee, the University Task Force that visited the colleges, had recommended disaffiliation of these institutions owing to their irregularities. The special committee's report will be submitted before the Council and the Syndicate meetings to be held next week, the V-C said.

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