'Most BEd colleges under UoM lack infrastructure'

'Most BEd colleges under UoM lack infrastructure'

Varsity warns colleges of disaffiliation for non-compliance

 More than 50% of the teachers education institutions, affiliated to the University of Mysore and recognised by National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), are not in a position to produce quality teaching professionals due to lack of basic facilities and qualified teaching faculty.

A study by the UoM officials has revealed this disturbing fact.
There are 40 teachers education institutions affiliated to the UoM in Mysuru, Mandya, Hassan and Chamarajanagar districts, and 24 of them lack basic facilities.

As per the norms, there must be seven qualified teaching faculty and one principal for one basic unit of 50 students, sufficient infrastructure, well-maintained laboratories with sufficient equipment, libraries and the institutions must conduct workshops, seminars, etc on a regular basis. However, a majority of the colleges have failed to follow the norms. They make do with temporary affiliation to the university. The varsity has also observed that many colleges do not maintain proper attendance of students and are indulged in other irregularities.

Under the UoM, 38 institutions are private and only one is government-owned while one is the Regional Institute of Education (RIE), located on Manasagangothri campus. According to the authorities, even the government-run institution lacks infrastructure to produce quality teachers.

According to sources, of the 40 colleges, only nine have permanent affiliation (renewal of affiliation once in three years), and rest are non-permanent affiliations, which should be renewed every year. An official said, the varsity has warned of not renewing the affiliation if they fail to fulfil the conditions laid down by the varsity.

The university has constituted a committee to monitor attendance of students in each college.

UoM College Development Council (CDC) Director Lingaraja Gandhi said, teachers education is not inferior to any course like medicine or engineering and they play a vital role in the system of education.

To revamp teachers education institutions, the government has constituted Justice Verma Committee, based on a Supreme Court direction, which recommended several important changes in the academic pattern a few years ago. Based on the committee’s recommendations, NCTE Regulations-2014 was implemented. Gandhi said, as there were a large number of teachers education institutions, establishment of new institutions was banned from 2009 to 2014. Of 40,000 colleges offering various programmes in the state, 9,000 institution offers education programme, he said.

OFFICIAL, UNIVERSITY of MYSORE: Of the 40 teachers education institutions, only nine colleges have permanent affiliation (renewal of affiliation once in three years), and rest are non-permanent affiliations, which should be renewed every year. The varsity has warned the colleges that the affiliation will not be renewed, if they fail to fulfil the conditions laid down by the UoM.


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