COIMBATORE: While the new regulation of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) allows a four-year integrated BEd programme (BSc BEd/BA BEd), academicians feel that students from Tamil Nadu will not be able to pursue the programme since teacher education and arts and science universities function separately in the State.
According to the NCTE new regulation, the four-year integrated programme aims at integrating general studies comprising Science (BSc BEd) and Social Science, Humanities (BA BEd) and professional studies comprising foundations of education, pedagogy of school subjects and practicum related to tasks and functions of a school teacher.
The BSc BEd and BA BEd programmes shall be of four academic years, including school based experience and internship in teaching period. The eligibility criteria for this integrated programme is a minimum of 50 per cent marks in Plus Two.
“Since arts and science universities and education universities function separately, offering a four-year integrated programmes is not possible in Tamil Nadu. Because of this, if a Plus Two student is interested in pursuing BEd programme, he/she has to first pursue graduation for three years and then do the BEd programme for two years,” said a faculty member of the BEd college.
“Majority of the students who want to pursue the BEd programme is from economically backward sections. It will be a waste of time and money for these students to enter the teaching profession,” he added.
“After the Tamil Nadu Teachers Education University was formed in 2008, a committee was set up and four-year integrated BEd programme was mooted. But, later it was dropped. Such programmes should have 60-70 per cent academic and 30 per cent educational content. But such an integrated BEd programme is not feasible in the State in the near future,” said D Kumaran, former Head of the Education department in University of Madras.
C Pichandy, vice president of the Association of University Teachers, however, said offering integrated Bachelor of Arts BEd or BSc BEd programmes in Tamil Nadu is still possible. “Only thing is that we have to appoint faculty members in BEd colleges for these humanities and science courses,” he added.