Jharkhand Teachers’ Training College Association (JTCCA) on Monday blamed a certain government rule on subject-wise admission into BEd colleges for a number of seats going vacant at these cradles every year.
According to the association’s members, this guideline, which is in place since 2004, not only deprives many students the chance to pursue BEd, but also causes revenue losses to these unaided and self-financed colleges.
“According to the notification issued by the state human resources development department, seats available in BEd colleges have to be divided into various categories like science, arts and languages. These categories are further sub-divided on the basis of subjects. For example, if the class of a certain subject is full, we cannot take in more students even if there are seats in other streams,” explained JTCCA secretary Satish Kumar Sinha at a news meet on Monday.
According to him, this rule was unique to Jharkhand, as the National Council of Teachers’ Education (NCTE) doesn’t stipulate any subject-wise admission.
“Odisha also has such a provision, but that is flexible. If sufficient number of candidates are not available in a particular subject, those seats can be filled in by candidates opting for other subject,” said Nitin Parasar of Bharthi College of Education, Mandar.
“Often, very few science graduates opt for BEd, while those who have graduated in other streams apply in huge numbers. Every year, many seats in science subjects go vacant, whereas we have to turn down other students as we can’t accommodate them for want of seats specified for those subjects,” Sinha added.
The NCTE has given colleges offering BEd courses permission to admit 100 students every academic session provided they fulfil all norms. “The rules say that around 40 per cent of seats should be reserved for science subjects, while the rest are for other streams,” said Manish Tiwari, co-ordinator of NNGS Teachers’ Training College, Pithoria (Ranchi).