The Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) has granted permission for the introduction of a four-year Bachelor in Education (B.Ed). The move will ensure that the new course is in accordance with the international teaching practices that are followed across the world.
The decision was taken after due deliberations with experts and increasing demand of teachers. According to the new curriculum, an exhaustive hands-on teaching will be provided to those who are pursuing the course.
Benefit of Four Years B.Ed
Speaking about the move an expert in this field in Bangalore stated that the move will benefit the students as they would be able to save a year. Earlier students could pursue B.Ed only after they completed their graduation. However, with this move of the government, students will be able to enroll for the course immediately after the second Pre-University (IIPU) exam.
Pressing Need for Change
Commenting on the issue, a former vice- chancellor of the state university stated that in the current scenrio, the need was not to have teachers who merely copy paste or do craft work. The need of the hour is to have a workforce, which is more creative and can keep pace with the changing technology. The teachers have to learn as well as teach in a holistic manner.
Proposed Changes in NCT Act
Presently, B.Ed or any other academic courses in the country are governed by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE). MHRD is mulling to bring about amendment in the NCTE act. The NCTE is currently working to bring about changes in the syllabus, which will be in accordance with the four years B.Ed.