Indore: The Bachelor of Education (BEd) course, once high in demand, has few takers now. The fact that 71 percent seats in BEd colleges in the city remained vacant after first round counselling is an indicator. Out of 3050 seats in 30 BEd colleges in the city, 2174 seats are still lying vacant after first counselling.
That means merely 876 students took admission against 3050 seats in the colleges here. These figures surfaced when MPOnline, a service provider of state government, released list of vacancies at BEd colleges across the state for second round of counselling.
A closer look at the list revealed that maximum number of seats was filled in Christian Eminent Academy in the city. About 53 out of 100 seats were filled in this college followed by Col Fateh Jan college (50 seats), Comp-Feeders AISECT College (48), Shri Yashwant College (47 seats) and New Era College (47 seats).
“Out of 30 colleges in the city, 15 received below 30 percent admissions,” said Ravi Bhadoriya, director of Yashwant Singh BEd college. This year, the BEd admission process was delayed. As a result, Department of Higher Education, which holds entrance test and centralised online admission counselling for admission in BEd course, skipped the entrance test and held counselling on the basis of qualifying exam marks.
The DHE advertised 50,000 seats and called applications from students. Over 43,000 applications were received. Later, the number of vacancies was extended up to 58,000 with more than 80 colleges getting permission to participate in the counselling.
The first allotment list was issued on July 6. Admissions were allocated on nearly 70 percent of seats in colleges in Indore but less than 30 percent paid fee and confirmed their admissions. “Many students who took admission in BEd were from other cities. They do not show up for admissions thus many seats remained vacant,” said Akshay Tiwari, director of Akshay Academy.
Only 7% seats filled in MEd course
Out of total 450 seats in eight MEd colleges in the city, merely 35 got filled which makes 7 percent of total vacancies. Maximum vacancies, 100 to be precise, were with Tagore Mahavidyalaya. Only one student took admission in the college. Rest seven colleges have 50 seats each. Maximum of 11 seats were filled in School of Education followed by Arihant College (10), Vidyasagar College (6), Victoria College (5), Matushri College (2), Indore Mahavidyalaya (1) and Khalsa College (0).
Choice filling starts but not registrations
Department of Higher Education was to start registration for second counselling of BEd and MEd course on Thursday. The students waited all day for the registration window to open but DHE did not open it. “It opened choice filling window, which was for re-filling preferences of colleges by students who had already registered for counselling,” said Matushree Education director Rambabu Sharma.