Government of India to roll out four year BEd course from 2020

The Union Government is proposing to roll out a four-year Bachelor in Education (B.Ed) course from 2020, citing the MHRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, an NDTV report said.

While addressing principals of Kendriya Vidyalayas and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas on the second day of the two-day conference, Javadekar said, “We are going to launch a four-year integrated course from next year. The standard of teaching has gone down because it tends to be the last option for those who join. This should be the first choice. This should be a professional choice, not some leftover.”

Three Streams

The B.Ed course, it works for over a year, will be conducted in three streams – BA, B.Com and B.Sc. The curriculum has been reworked by the National Council for Teacher Education, a statutory body responsible for coordinating teacher education, the report pointed out.

The course, when implemented, will save one year of aspirants’ since they can join it right after their Class 12, against the current system of first doing graduation and then the two-year B.Ed, noted the report. The Minister also said 15-20 states will be conducting examination from Class 5 to 8 after the scrapping of the no-detention policy, a part of the Right to Education Act in January, it said.

No Detention Policy

“We lost 10 years of education because of the no-detention policy. It was a mistake. But now, about 15-20 states will start conducting exams from this year,” Javadekar added.

As many as 25 states supported the scrapping of the clause. An amendment was passed in both Houses of Parliament last month leading to the abolition of the clause that proscribed examinations for students from Class 5 to Class 8, the report added.

The MHRD was established on September 26, 1985. Currently, the MHRD works through two departments:

  • Department of School Education & Literacy
  • Department of Higher Education

While the Department of School Education & Literacy is responsible for the development of school education and literacy in the country, the Department of Higher Education takes care of what is one of the largest Higher Education systems of the world, just after the US and China.

The Dept of SE & L has its eyes set on the “universalisation of education” and making better citizens out of our young brigade. For this, various new schemes and initiatives are taken up regularly and recently, those schemes and initiatives have also started paying dividends in the form of growing enrolment in schools.

The Dept of HE, on the other hand, is engaged in bringing world-class opportunities for higher education and research to the country so that Indian students are not finding lacking when facing an international platform. For this, the Government has launched joint ventures and signed MoUs to help the Indian student benefit from world opinion.

Objectives

  • Formulating the National Policy on Education and to ensure that it is implemented in letter and spirit
  • The planned development, including expanding access and improving quality of the educational institutions throughout the country, including in the regions where people do not have easy access to education
  • Paying special attention to disadvantaged groups like the poor, females and the minorities
  • Provide financial help in the form of scholarships, loan subsidy, etc to deserving students from deprived sections of the society
  • Encouraging international cooperation in the field of education, including working closely with the UNESCO and foreign governments as well as Universities, to enhance the educational opportunities in the country

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