The National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) has issued show-cause notices to Vijaya Teachers College and six other MEd colleges under Bangalore University (BU) to explain why recognition to their MEd programmes should not be withdrawn.
This follows the decision that was taken in its meeting of the southern regional committee.
The colleges have been given 21 days to explain in writing why their recognition should not be withdrawn in light of the irregularities mentioned in the BU Task Force report.
While the Task Force and the NCTE found the infrastructure satisfactory at Vijaya Teachers College, the Council has sought explanation over unsatisfactory library contents and lack of separate teaching faculty for MEd course.
Presently, four teaching faculties, including the head of department and principal, are also teaching the MEd course, besides the undergraduate programme.
“All four of them are research guides for MEd project works. Each one has guided more than eight students in 2011-12. This is a serious academic lapse,” the notice said. According to norms, an independent MEd unit should have five lecturers for a student strength of 35, besides one HoD.
NCTE has sent show-cause notices to Gold Field College of Education (Kolar), St Paul’s MEd College, Smt Mehra’s College of Education, SJES College of Education, Bangalore City College of Education and KIET College of Education. A Syndicate meeting has been convened on Wednesday to discuss the Task Force report pertaining to MEd and BEd colleges among other points in the agenda. A section of the Syndicate has requested acting Vice-Chancellor N Rangaswamy to allow the media into the meeting.