CHANDIGARH: The Union government will start clamping down on fake BEd colleges in the country soon, said Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar at an event organized by the Ministry of Human Resource Development here on Friday.
Speaking on the concluding day of the Northern Region Workshop On Innovative and Best Practices In School Education organised by the Ministry of Human Resource Development in collaboration with the Department of School Education in Punjab, Javadekar said that in order to crack down on shops being run in the name of BEd colleges, the Union Government had sought affidavits from as many as 7,000 colleges with complete information about their courses and criteria for admissions.
Responding to a query on whether students failing in class 5 and 8 board exams should be detained, the Union minister said that the states had been given the authority to decide on the issue. He also highlighted the need to impart education in native languages besides English and the role of teachers, students as well as parents in shaping the future of the students.
“The inculcation of humanitarian values, gender sensitivity and dignity of labour should also be a significant aim of education besides subject knowledge and skill development,” he said. He also batted for improvement in the infrastructure of government schools.
Punjab education minister Aruna Chaudhary thanked Javadekar for making the workshop a grand success and said that the exchange of ideas among the participating states during the workshop would go a long way in ensuring that novel methodologies were being adopted in the education sector.
Haryana government to give concessions to students of JK
With an aim to integrate students from Jammu and Kashmir into the national mainstream, the Haryana government has decided to provide various concessions to such students during admission in the colleges and universities of the state. The concessions included relaxation in cut-off percentage of up to 10 per cent subject to minimum eligibility requirement, and increase in intake capacity up to five per cent, course-wise. The other concessions included reservation of at least one seat in merit quota in technical and professional institutions, waiving of domicile requirements and setting up of a grievances redressal mechanism for such students in every institution. A written communication in this regard has been sent to all Vice-Chancellors of state and private universities, deputy commissioners, superintendents of police and principals of government and aided colleges for compliance in letter and spirit.