BEd courses are in high demand after the state government made it mandatory for pre-university college lecturers to have the degree.
Admission for BEd courses for the academic year 2013-14 is almost complete and the centralised admission cell (CAC) is all set to start the process for the academic year 2014-15 from September 2014.
According to information available with the CAC, of the 19,223 seats available for the year 2013-14, 17,200 have been filled. Compared to 2012-13, this is a 50 per cent increase.
Speaking to Express, Rathnaiah, deputy director, CAC, said, “In the last five years, we have seen more students getting admitted to BEd course. For the next academic year, we will start the admission process from September.”
This year, the state government made it mandatory for all PU college lecturers recruited by the government to possess a BEd degree and also gave leave with pay to complete the course. Officials from CAC said this is the main reason for the increase in admissions.
Meanwhile, the state government has decided not to hand over the vacant government seats to managements of aided and private colleges to be filled up under the private quota. “As the first and second round of counselling are over and most of the colleges have started classes, we have decided not to sign an agreement with the private colleges on handing over government quota seats,” said a source in the Higher Education Department.