In order to increase the number of government colleges offering BEd and MEd courses from the proposed 14 to 29, the state government of Odisha has taken decision after concluding a meeting with university functionaries and various college principals. The decision was taken keeping in mind that the teacher training course can actually get operated from all the colleges along with the seven universities in the state. The Joint Secretary of Higher education in the state, Ajaya Kumar Nayak had voiced similar opinion in the meeting. The meeting was chaired by Higher Education secretary Gagan Dhal.
According to Nayak, “Since it would be opened on self-finance mode, there is no burden on the government. Besides, there is a huge demand for the courses.” To run the courses from the 2016-17 financial year, the colleges would hire faculty members and have assistance from guest faculty members. The enrollment in these colleges would vary according to the infrastructure of the colleges and can vary from 50 to 100.
The government of Odisha has already asked the institutions to apply to the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) in order to get approval of the seats within the next three months. The colleges can produce innumerable number of skilled and qualified teacher who can fill the gaps rampant in the teacher’s position at various schools and colleges around the country.
After this move of the government the colleges would offer two years BEd and MEd courses or integrated BA/BSc with Bed and Integrated Bed/MEd.
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