Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 20:
Considering the large-scale vacancy of teachers, lecturers and professors in schools, colleges and universities in Odisha, the state government has decided to set up a teachers’ education university to fill up these posts.
The School and Mass Education department has sought a detailed report from the Directorate of Teacher Education (TE) and State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) on the infrastructure requirement and estimated cost for the proposed university.
Besides, the department has also sought s report on the justification for setting up of the university and the comparative study of the quality of education to be provided in the proposed university vis-a-vis the B.Ed institutions in the state.
While over 70,000 posts of teachers are lying vacant in schools, more than 50,000 posts of lecturers and professors are lying vacant in the colleges and universities of the state. As a result, students are deprived of quality education.
Presently, there are more than 7000 seats for certified teachers (CT) course and 1600 seats for Bachelor in Education (B.Ed) course.
Since the number of these seats is insufficient, most of the students are forced to pursue CT and B.ED courses in other states while some of them fall victim to fraud.
Taking note of such instances, the Higher Education department has decided to introduce B.Ed and M.Ed (Master in Education) courses in 16 autonomous colleges and seven universities in the state from the 2016-17 academic sessions.
On the basis of the report, the department will take a decision on the setting up of the proposed university.
A senior official of the department said the National Council of Teachers’ Education (NCTE) has effected some changes in the educational curriculum guidelines in which the duration of the B.Ed and M.Ed courses have been extended to two years. The decision of the Council has paid off as more and more students are, of late, keen on pursuing these courses.
About three lakh students had appeared in the CT and B.Ed entrance examinations some days back.
Keeping the number of students in view, the department has decided to set up a teachers’ education university in the state.
It may be mentioned that states like Tamil Nadu and Gujarat have set up a special university for teachers’ education.