Indore: Department of Higher Education (DHE) on Friday released second merit list of students who have been granted admissions in BEd colleges. As per DHE, nearly 50 percent students were awarded seats in colleges. “In all 54,354 students had registered for second counselling out of whom 26,803 were given admission,” said Indore division additional director (higher education) KN Chaturvedi.

These students will now have to report to the colleges for confirmation of admissions. The counselling began on June 15 for filling 58,000 seats in BEd colleges in the state. The first merit list was announced on July 6. The first counselling had filled 30 percent (14,000) seats in the colleges.

While Chaturvedi described the allocations impressive, college directors cried foul stating that most students are from outside. “Many local students have been allocated colleges in other cities whereas students from other cities have been granted seats in Indore colleges. It is unlikely that students will leave their native places for admissions in colleges elsewhere,” said Matushree BEd college director Rambabu Sharma.

According to Sharma, a total of 63 students have been allocated seats in his college of which only three are locals. He alleged that the students were not allocated colleges as per their preferences. BEd aspirants were made to fill college preference, priority wise, during registration for online admission counselling.

Shri Yeshwant Singh College director Ravi Bhadoriya said that more than 80 students had applied online from his computer lab giving first preference to his college but merely six of them were allocated college of their choice. Indore Mahavidyalaya chairman Girdhar Nagar said rational approach was not adopted by while granting admission in BEd colleges. Apart from BEd, the DHE allocated admissions in seven other teacher education colleges including MEd, BPEd, MPEd etc.

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