The National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) is likely to reduce the duration of Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) course to one year. The duration of the course was extended to two years in 2014. However, the initiative taken by NCTE did not yield positive results as most of the students are not joining in B.Ed course.
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A committee had been formed in the year 2015 to study ‘infirmities and anomalies' in the NCTE Regulations 2014. Currently, the committee has been taking feedback from public and stakeholders regarding the duration of B.Ed course. The people can send their feedback to NCTE on or before October 30, 2016.
However, some of the college managements were of the opinion that ever since B.Ed course was changed into a duration of two years, students are not joining the course and the demand has declined gradually.
In Maharashtra, the demand for B.Ed course declined and around 70% of seats are vacant. The teachers also demanded to scrap common entrance test for the admission to B.Ed course. They pointed that the duration of B.Ed course has barred many students to taking up the course. The minimum qualification for B.Ed is Bachelor’s degree. Hence, the students are not willing to waste an extra year for studying B.Ed.
NCTE had increased the duration of B.Ed course in 2014 and did not make any developments in the curriculum. The syllabus which was taught in one year is being taught in two years.
Around 60% of B.Ed seats are vacant in Andhra Pradesh too. At this juncture, the government has granted permission to 149 new colleges. However, Tamil Nadu received a good response for B.Ed course this year. Around 90% seats have been filled.