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NCTE introduces changes to BEd rules, course now to be 2-year programme

With an objective to ensure quality teacher training, the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) is making some across-the-board changes from the next academic year. The NCTE is increasing the duration of the Bachelor of Education (BEd) programme from one year to two years with major change in the curriculum. With this move, the aspirants, who would have been planning to take a plunge into teaching profession, will have to study for one more year in the next academic session.

The minimum eligibility to apply for B.Ed. is a three year undergraduate programme degree. And with B.Ed. becoming a 2 year course, one has to study for five years to become a teacher (3 years of graduation + 2 years for BEd). The experts feel that the change in duration of the course and curriculum will give a professional edge to the aspirants like any other professional courses like BE (four years), MBBS (five-and-a-half years), CA (five- years) etc.

This change also comes with some other strict norms for students. Students have been mandated to complete BEd within three years from the date of admission. With attendance requirement of 80 per cent and vigilance of one teacher for every 25 students is required.

P Revathi Reddy, regional director of NCTE, said that syllabus for BEd will also be changed. A framework to formulate the syllabus will be sent to all universities. The aim is to produce quality teachers, she said, adding that all colleges and universities across the country offering BEd must follow the new norms.

Strict norms for Colleges are also coming, only those Colleges that have the required infrastructure and facilities will only be permitted to increase intake of students. Hope this increase in duration generates better, professional and outstanding teachers.
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