Only 26 colleges eligible to make admissions this academic year

Bangalore University Academic Council’s acceptance of the B.Ed. Task Force’s report is beginning to have its implications on the ongoing seat allotment process. The State government’s Central Admission Cell (CAC) has begun allotting seats in 123 B.Ed. colleges affiliated to the university. However, according to the task force’s recommendation, only 26 are eligible to make admissions for the academic year 2012-13.

In a letter to Commissioner for Public Instruction S.R. Umashankar, B.Ed. Task Force Chairperson H. Karan Kumar has suggested to the government to re-allot 479 seats given to 97 ineligible colleges that don’t have either affiliation to the university or the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), and give recognition to the 26 eligible ones.

This, Mr. Kumar said, should not be difficult as there are 406 vacant seats in the latter 26.

Lacunae in process

Pointing out the errors in the admissions carried out by the CAC, Mr. Kumar said the CAC, which conducted B.Ed. admission for government quota seats, has listed 121 colleges, including those that do not have NCTE recognition as well as those recommended for disaffiliation. Moreover, it left out two colleges that have got both the affiliation as well as NCTE recognition.

The task force had written to the Commissioner on November 16 requesting the CAC not to allot seats to colleges whose renewal of affiliation was pending.

Evaluation affected

In another development, some 50 evaluators were prevented from evaluating second semester B.Ed. exams on Tuesday, allegedly by colleges affected by the task force report. Bangalore University Registrar (Evaluation) R.K. Somashekhar conceded that this would delay announcement of results.

M.Ed. inaction

The task force is also taking exception to inaction with regard to the M.Ed. students. The university suspended management quota admissions to M.Ed. courses in affiliated colleges this year, but 127 university students were admitted.

They have all been accommodated in a classroom meant for not more than 35 (as reported in The Hindu in October). Till date, despite instructions from the then Vice-Chancellor N. Prabhu Dev, neither infrastructural measures were taken nor guest faculty appointed to teach.

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