This year, B.Ed colleges in Andhra Pradesh enrolled fewer admissions. A total of 200 colleges recorded ‘zero’ admissions. None of the students joined in any of these colleges. The situation has made clear that the functioning of these colleges have become a question and most of the college managements have come to the conclusion that B.Ed course does not have future and it is time to shut down the colleges instead of running it in losses.
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Some of the college managements were of the opinion that most of the students are not turning up to B.Ed course as the duration of the course has increased to two years. On the other hand, the government has implemented semester system this year which also might be the reason for less number of admissions.
There are 508 B.Ed colleges across the state which offer a total number of 45,680 seats. This year, around 9,500 students took the AP EDCET examination which was conducted for the admission to B.Ed course. EDCET examination received a poor response in some districts where at least 500 students did not take the examination.
The admission counselling which was held in the month of August also received a poor response.Only 3,402 seats out of 45,680 seats have been filled. This year, the seats under management quota too did not get an adequate response from the students.
Recently, the government has granted permissions for new 149 B.Ed colleges. It has become difficult to fill the existing seats and the new colleges added more seats which are of no use.