State universities bat for four-year integrated B.Ed. programme

State universities, including Bharathidasan University, have shown an interest in completing a four-year integrated B.Sc. Bed. and BA programs.

The inspection by a team from the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) was conducted at Alagappa University, Karaikudi, and Madurai Kamaraj University, according to sources.

As New Education Policy 2020 encourages colleges to start integrated four-year teacher training programs in a multidisciplinary environment, affiliated colleges will likely follow in the footsteps of I. Muthuchamy Universities, Chair, School of Education and Professor. Stepping and Head Department of Educational Technology, Bharathidasan University, said.

The launch of the Central University of Tamil Nadu, Tiruvarur Integrated Teacher Education Program, will encourage state universities to follow suit. Some of the universities considered universities have also launched the integrated program modeled on the Regional College of Education, Mysore.

CBSE schools have a corresponding relevance for candidates who have completed the four-year integrated teacher training program, according to school principals.

Although the NCTE had given its consent to allow arts and science colleges to offer the four-year integrated programs by sharing the available material resources, the university administrations appear to have taken no action due to the lack of clarity.

One such is the equivalence of the four-year course with the three-year course for the purpose of postgraduate studies in the respective subject.

“Graduates of the integrated four-year teacher training course have the option of deciding to start their careers after completing their studies. The colleges are looking for more clarity on this issue, “said a senior professor.

Currently the B.Ed. is offered as a two-year program for students after graduation. The integrated program enables student teachers to start their profession a year earlier.

The colleges will in all likelihood offer the three-year undergraduate and four-year integrated programs in parallel. There needs to be more clarity on the part of the NCTE regarding the modalities of sharing the infrastructure, said a school principal.

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