From next yr, pursue B.Ed in combo with BA or BSc

In a move aimed at providing more trained teachers, select universities will soon offer B.Ed course along with graduation in Science or Arts subjects under the 3+1 pattern.

New Delhi: In a move aimed at providing
more trained teachers, select universities will soon offer
B.Ed course along with graduation in Science or Arts subjects
under the 3+1 pattern.

"In a meeting presided by HRD Minister Kapil Sibal,
vice-chancellors of central universities have agreed to the
proposal. Decks will be cleared to introduce it in July 2011,
once it gets the nod of the academic councils of select
universities," V N Rajashekharan Pillai, V-C of Indira Gandhi
National Open University, told PTI-Bhasha.

The four-year "integrated" course will not be
available to the students of Commerce stream. The students in
three-year graduation course can choose to study for another
academic year to get a Bachelors degree in Education.

Some regional colleges in India already have this kind
of integrated course, he noted.

A committee, headed by Pillai, has been made to give
suggestions regarding the curriculum to the HRD Ministry.

Some top notch colleges in India have agreed to this
proposal, he said, adding, "We have approached National
Council of Educational Research and Training to help us in
designing the course materials."

The VC said additional seven B.Ed teachers would be
required for each college to implement this curriculum, which
will "not be a tough task".

The proposal aims at providing more trained teachers
in lesser period to propel the development of school
education.

In the meeting, VCs also agreed to facilitate swapping
of teachers between colleges. They also agreed to have a
"Navratna" for central universities that will include those
which follow strict guidelines and educational standards.
But, this does not mean that there will only be nine
universities in "Navratna". It is only to increase positive
competition between the central universities.

Meanwhile, University Grants Commission has decided to
introduce a six-month diploma course for academic
administrators to train them in developing skills to manage
the education system.

NCERT has been asked to design the course subjects,
UGC Under Secretary Veena Nayyar said.

PTI

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