Indore: “Where have BEd aspirants gone?”

The question might sound awkward to many, but it was indeed asked by Malwa Region Private College Association to department of higher education (DHE), which is allocating students to BEd colleges through centralised online counselling.

“Nearly 55,000 students had taken entrance test for BEd course. Of that merely a few thousands students are allocated admissions in two rounds of counselling. Where have the rest students gone,” asked the association in a letter dashed off to DHE on Tuesday.

The association wrote the letter after MPOnline uploaded a list of colleges with vacancies in BEd course for the third and last round of counselling. A closer look at the list revealed that nearly 63 per cent seats are still vacant in BEd colleges in the city after two rounds of counselling.

“The first two rounds could fill up only 37 per cent seats in colleges in Indore. The condition of colleges in other districts is much worse in terms of admissions,” said Awadesh Dave, spokesman of the association.

Out of 3550 seats in 33 colleges in the city, 2234 are still lying vacant after two counselling. Maximum number of seats, to be precise 70 out of 100, is filled in Shri Yashwant Singh BEd college followed by Colonel Fateh Jang College (69 seats) and Christian Eminent Academy (68 seats). Moreover, half a dozen colleges witnessed admissions on seats below 10 per cent. For the poor admission scenario, BEd colleges held centralised online admission counselling accountable and demanded open counselling.

“Third counselling will do no magic. It won’t be able to fill more than 20 per cent seats. The DHE should allow us to hold college level counselling for filling vacancies,” said Matushree College director Rambabu Sharma.

He said that all seats in BEd colleges used to get filled when colleges used to hold counselling at their level. “Ever since DHE took the responsibility, the course witnessed drastic decline in admissions,” Sharma said.

He said that many students still do not understand online concept of counselling and messed up during filling registration forms. “Because of that, fewer students are left for admissions,” he added.

Colleges also say that popularity of BEd course declined since duration of BEd course was increased from one year to two years three years ago.

“Lesser number of students is opting for BEd course since its duration has been increased,” Abhay Pandey, an office bearer of Malwa Region Private College Association.

He said that there was no need for increasing the duration of BEd course. “Without taking advice from stakeholders of teacher education, National Council for Teacher Education had increased duration of BEd course from one year to two years and its consequences are before us.”

Spot counselling for Group D courses on Aug 12

The DAVV on Tuesday decided to hold spot counselling/open counselling to fill up vacant seats in courses under Group D on Saturday (August 12). Candidates who have not taken CET can also appear in the spot counselling. CET counselling is being conducted online for four groups of CET– A, B, C and D. Despite three rounds of counselling, 109 seats out of total 180 in Group D remained vacant. Concerned over the poor response, the DAVV on Tuesday announced plans to hold spot counselling for filling up seats in courses under Group D. This group comprises six courses, including LLM and five MSc courses in Life Science, Industrial Microbiology, Electronics, Electronics and Communication and Biochemistry. Barring MSc (Life Science), seats in all the five courses are vacant. In MSc (Electronics) course only one out of 40 seats is filled while MSc (Electronics and Communication) is filled. “We are hopeful that spot admission counselling will change the picture,” CET organising committee chairman Anil Kumar said. Spot counselling would also be held for Bachelor of Journalism (Group A) on August 13, as all the 25 seats are still lying vacant in the course.

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