Task force submitted report to Vice-Chancellor in November

Members of students’ organisations, including Students Federation of India, Dalit Students Federation, Democratic Youth Federation of India, and National Students Union of India, have urged Governor and Chancellor of Bangalore University H.R. Bhardwaj to direct the State government to recommend a CBI inquiry into irregularities in B.Ed. colleges.

Ananth Naik, State president, Students Federation of India, told journalists here on Sunday that though the B.Ed. Task Force report, which highlighted the irregularities, was submitted months ago, no action had been initiated against the colleges. “Instead of taking action against these colleges immediately, the university officials have given the colleges three months’ time to look into the irregularities,” he said, and added that the CBI should look into these irregularities.

The task force headed by H. Karan Kumar had submitted the report to acting Vice-Chancellor of Bangalore University N. Rangaswamy in November 2012. It had categorised the 99 B.Ed. colleges into various groups based on the level of compliance as per the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) norms. Only 12 colleges were found to have satisfactory performance, according to the report.

Meanwhile, B. Rajashekharamurthy, DYFI State secretary, said: “The B.Ed. colleges have extremely poor infrastructure and the authorities indulge in malpractices. This is extremely dangerous as these students are the ones being trained to become teachers. This is an unhealthy practice which needs to be stopped immediately.”

Members of these students’ associations have threatened to stage a protest during the Syndicate meeting on Tuesday.

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