Union Human Resources Development Minister Prakash Javadekar yesterday (May 16) declared that no new Bed colleges would be allowed in India in 2017. Concerned over the poor quality of institutions that train teachers, Javadekar mentioned that till now ‘fly by night operators’ were setting up BEd colleges.
The Union Minister, during a press interaction, said, “With increased focus on teaching training, setting up of more and more BEd colleges need to be stopped. Hence no new BEd college would be coming this year. Existing BEd colleges would also have to undergo a quality audit. We have asked for quality affidavits and so far, only 7000 colleges have submitted the same. We’ve also issued a show-cause notice to almost 4000 BEd colleges.”
Speaking about the training module for the same course, he added, “The practical component would be increased and practical sessions would be conducted in government schools. This would be under teacher’s observation and students’ feedback would be given due importance. The government plans to reform teacher’s education.”
The minister also said that the government plans to expand Kendriya Vidyalaya in the coming years.