There has been a mixed response from states to the Centre’s proposal to increase the duration of Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) and Master of Education (M.Ed) courses from one year to two years.
At a meet of Vice-Chancellors hosted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development in New Delhi on Monday, several States expressed their unwillingness to allow the teacher training programme to be handed over to universities.
Ministry sources informed that there was lack of consensus on the issues raised and no decision had been taken. The meet saw Vice-Chancellors of Central, State and private universities engaged with the University Grants Commission and the National Council for Teacher Education.
Many states have disagreed with the view that the programme should be handed over to universities, as elementary and secondary-level teacher training is conducted in association with bodies such as the SCERT and Teacher Education Institutions, and these, they feared, would become irrelevant.