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Education Crisis: Over 250 B.Ed Colleges in West Bengal Barred from New Admissions

  • Posted on November 11, 2023
  • Education

West Bengal has barred 253 private B.Ed colleges from new admissions due to inadequate infrastructure and non-compliance with National Council of Teachers' Education (NCTE) guidelines. This decision, affecting a substantial portion of B.Ed colleges, follows concerns about a cash-for-school-jobs case, with central agencies linking education institutes to the recruitment of primary teachers.

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In a significant development, 253 private Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) colleges inWest Bengal face admission restrictions for the upcoming academic session. The denial of permission by the West Bengal University of Teachers' Training, Education Planning, and Administration (WBUTTEPA) stems from concerns about inadequate infrastructure in these institutions. Consequently, these colleges won't be able to admit students, affecting their operations.

The decision, rooted in non-compliance with National Council of Teachers' Education (NCTE) guidelines, emphasizes the necessity of proper infrastructure for teacher training. An official from WBUTTEPA indicated that the guidelines specifically outline requirements such as maintaining an appropriate teacher-student ratio. Colleges were alerted to adhere to this ratio before seeking permission.

The denial affects a substantial portion of B.Ed colleges, considering there are over 600 private and 25 state-run institutions in West Bengal. This move follows a notification from Baba Saheb Ambedkar Education University (BSAEU), the nodal university overseeing B.Ed and D.El.Ed colleges in the state. The notification cautioned against institutes lacking necessary affiliation or accreditation, linking it to the denial of admissions.

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BSAEU addressed concerns about misinformation, stating that certain individuals are exploiting social media to tarnish the image of colleges and the university. The notification clarified that meeting NCTE norms is the sole criterion for granting affiliation, dismissing claims of monetary considerations for affiliation.

The backdrop of this development involves a broader investigation into a multi-crore cash-for-school-jobs case in West Bengal. Central agencies have identified the involvement of numerous Diploma of Elementary Education (D.El.Ed) and B.Ed institutes in the recruitment of primary teachers, adding complexity to the regulatory landscape in the education sector.

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