KERALA

Row over M.Ed. courses

The University of Kerala plans to start M.Ed. courses at its teacher education centres at Thiruvananthapruam, Alapuzha, Kollam and Adoor. The university is yet to finalise the number of seats to be given for this course to these centres.

The report of a syndicate sub-committee set up to study the feasibility of starting M.Ed. courses in various centres is scheduled to come for discussion in the Syndicate shortly. According to university sources the plan is to start the M.Ed. programme this academic year itself. The university, say sources, took this decision after it became clear to university top brass that there was a severe shortage of personnel qualified to teach in the B.Ed. colleges spread across its affiliation territory. There are 23 unaided teacher training colleges, 10 teacher education centres, one Government training college and seven aided B.Ed. colleges under the University. For the M.Ed. course there are only 31 seats now; 25, at the department of education and six, at the government Training College, Thycaud.

Although there seems to be no two opinions in the academic community about the need to increase the number of seats for the M.Ed programme the university and the State Government have now locked horns over how to go effecting such an increase.

The previous senate of the university had passed a resolution to the effect that the university would not start unaided M.Ed. courses in aided B.Ed. colleges. The Government on the other hand has thrown its weight behind unaided M.Ed. programmes in aided B.Ed. institutions. During the last Syndicate meeting held a few days ago a note sent from the office of the Chief Minister arguing the case of offering unaided M.Ed. courses in aided B.Ed. colleges had led to heated discussions.

Any decision on this issue can only be taken by the next elected senate, sources add.

G.Mahadevan

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