After two rounds of B.Ed admissions, about 72% of the seats are lying vacant due to the confusion and lack of clarity in the admission details provided to the colleges for admission in Madhya Pradesh. In the month of April, the Madhya Pradesh government had conducted the B.Ed entrance test which was conducted by Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board for Department of Higher Education (DHE). For the offered 57000 seats, only 44000 candidates appeared for the examination.
The whole point of conducting such an examination came under scanner when only 12500 students took admission in the first round and even lesser (3500) took admission in the second round from the 8000 registered candidates for second round of admission. From this academic year onwards, three new academic courses namely BA-Bed, BSc- Bed and Bed-MEd would be introduced and the students are still not aware of the fees structure and other vital details.
The three new integrated courses would be offered in 21 institutes. The DHE had earlier requested the Admission and Fee Regulatory Committee (AFRC) to announce the fees for the knowledge of students. The fees were finally declared by the committee as Rs. 18500 for BA- Bed course, Rs. 20500 for BSc- Bed course and Rs. 24500 for Bed-MEd integrated course. Quite a few students found this fee to be too expensive and thus many retreat from taking admission.
In both round of admissions, the filling and reporting got changed multiple times as well due to the holidays and server problems, resulting in irked students branching out from the courses.
According to the MP Private Colleges Association Vice President, Jitendra Rawat, “The department didn’t follow the schedule of admission process. In both rounds, candidates were given only one day to take admission, to issue demand draft and to take transfer certificate. How is it possible for a student to get all things done in a day?”
In light of the small number of turnout of students, the DHE Commissioner Umakant Umrao said, “I agree that small number of candidates have taken admissions. We are trying to review the whole process. The issue of announcement of fees was resolved by AFRC on our request.”