BERHAMPUR: A two-member expert team of National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) visited Berhampur University (BU) and Khallikote Cluster University here to inspect the available infrastructure in these institutes for introducing bachelor of education (BEd) and master of education (MEd) courses.
BU had proposed to open these courses from 2016-17 with 100 seats each and Khallikote University 100 BEd seats.
During the visit yesterday, the team members held discussions with BU Vice-chancellor and officer on special duty, Khallikote University.
"We fulfil all the requirements and are hopeful that the team will recommend for opening of these courses in BU," said BU Vice Chencellor Deepak Kumar Behera.
Manmath Pandhy, OSD of Khallikote University, too sounded optimistic. "We tried to convince the experts on the need to introduce the BEd course in our varsity," he said.
To tide over teacher shortage in the state, the state government had decided to launch BEd course in 17 government run colleges and seven universities from 2016-17 and increase the intake capacity of five District Institutes of Education and Training, official sources said.