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Updated: October 6, 2009 19:03 IST

TNTEU seeks govt. recognition for new programme

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T. Padmanaban, Vice-chancellor, Tamilnadu Teacher Education University. Photo: R.M. Rajarathinam
The Hindu T. Padmanaban, Vice-chancellor, Tamilnadu Teacher Education University. Photo: R.M. Rajarathinam

The Tamil Nadu Teachers’ Education University (TNTEU) has plans to offer B.A.Ed and B.Sc.Ed programmes of four-year duration.

“The university will soon be sending a proposal to the government after securing the Syndicate’s approval, seeking a Government Order recognising the new programme for employment,” the Vice-Chancellor T. Padmanaban told The Hindu on Monday. The degree programme will be offered in all subjects taught at the higher secondary level. Dr. Padmanaban, however, was not in a position to say from which academic year the programme will be introduced.

The TNTEU, the first of its kind in Asia and the third globally, could secure UGC recognition within a year of its formation. To enhance the quality of the functioning system, the university conducted all examinations of the regular B.Ed programme in the Government Arts and Science Colleges. The practice will continue in the coming years, too, he said. Also, dummy number system was used for valuation, and the mark sheet was printed with the candidate’s photograph.

The new curriculum that the university has prepared with the help of experts and subject teachers will be followed uniformly by all the 630 colleges, including 30 new institutions, from the current academic year. Socially relevant topics such as Human Rights, Value Education, and Environmental Education have been introduced as electives. The university, Dr. Padmanaban said, has made it mandatory for B.Ed colleges to adopt villages for the purpose of implementing the adult education programme, as an outreach initiative. B.Ed trainees will be required to impart education to school drop-outs in the age group of 15 to 35 years.

The 20 per cent internal marks that the university has extended to all the six papers will facilitate colleges to have a hold over the students. The internals will be based on internal assessment, attendance, conduct of seminars and conferences, and assignments, he said.

On the priorities of the university, the Vice-Chancellor said the Six departments: Languages, Curriculum Development, Comparative Education, Educational Technology, Educational Administration and Supervision, and ‘Edu Clinic’ were being formed. The Edu Clinic, he explained, was a new concept to provide counselling for parents of problematic wards on the approach they need to adopt. Affiliated colleges will also be permitted to start such ‘clinics’ subsequently, he said.

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