Indore: Popularity of BEd course is on the wane is no new news but the drastic decline in number of students this year has certainly left college directors shocked.
The situation is so grave that nearly 80 per cent seats in BEd colleges in the state are still vacant after first round of centralised online admission counselling conducted by Department of Higher Education (DHE).
The decline is to such an extent that out of 3250 seats in 30 colleges in the city, 2548 are still lying vacant after first counselling. More shockingly, as many as 78 colleges out of 570 in the state witnessed no admissions in the first counselling. The list includes four colleges of Indore.
These facts came to fore 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 is filled in Christian Eminent Academy. As many as 49 out of 100 seats have been filled in this college followed by Shri Yashwant Singh BEd College (45 seats) and Cambridge International College (43 seats).
Out of 32 colleges in the city, eight colleges recorded below 20 per cent admission. The overall admission percentage of the city is nearly 21.
Colleges cry foul, demand open counselling
Colleges held centralised online admission counselling accountable for poor admission scenario and demanded open counselling.
“All seats in education courses used to get filled when colleges had the right to admit students on their own. Since online admission counselling concept was introduced never it happened that all seats in colleges got filled,” said Malwa Region Private Education College Association patron Girdhar Nagar said.
Association spokesman Awadesh Dave echoed similar views adding that the colleges should be allowed to fill seats through open counselling. “If colleges were allowed to conduct open counselling after centralised online counselling, then all seats in colleges would get filled. Why colleges are not allowed to hold open counselling is beyond my understanding,” he said.
Nagar said that they would be meeting the Chief Minister and raise the issue of government’s counselling failing to fill seats in BEd colleges. “We will demand from the CM to intervene in the matter and direct higher education minister to permit colleges to fill seats through open counselling,” he added.
Shri Yashwant Singh BEd college director Ravi Bhadoria and Matushree Education College Rambabu Sharma said that they were thinking of moving court over the issue of poor admission in online admission counselling.
“Through two rounds of online admission counselling are still due but the situation is not likely to change much. If the government don’t permit us to hold college level counselling, then we are going to file a petition in High Court demanding quashing of centralised online admission counselling,” the duo directors stated.
Increase in course duration also responsible for poor admission
BEd colleges used to witness 100 per cent admission till three years ago when the course was of one year duration. In 2014, the duration of BEd course was increased from one year to two years which led to a drastic decline in its popularity.
“There was no need for increasing the duration of BEd course. Without taking advice from stakeholders of teacher education, National Council for Teacher Education increased the duration of BEd course from one year to two years and its consequences are before us. It’s not that popularity of this programme is declining only in Madhya Pradesh. Other states are too witnessing poor admissions in the course, which was once high in demand, but the fact is that MP is worst hit,” said Abhay Pandey, an office-bearer of Malwa Region Private Education College Association.
He said that the association has written a letter to the NCTE requesting it to withdraw its decision of increasing duration of the course.
Meanwhile, the registration window for second round of counselling has been opened by DHE which will remain opened till July 29.