The Madhya Pradesh state higher education department is to start open counseling for admission of students in private BEd colleges from this year. This step comes amid requests from private colleges running BEd courses specially those which have suffered poor enrollment of students in terms of number of seats available.
Out of 60,000 registered students nearly 80 percent appeared,in the first ever online examination conducted by Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB).
Madhya Pradesh (MP) has roughly 56,000 seats for B.Ed,whereas the number of colleges in Indore division alone is 55 and is 550 across the state. In 2014, nearly 1.44 lakh students had applied for the course, which subsequently dropped to 65,000 in 2015.
Much of the reason of the loss of interest in BEd programme is attributed to National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) which made the one-year course to two-year duration from 2015-16. Nearly 80 per cent seats in BEd colleges of Indore city remained vacant after first counselling for admissions. Of 3,200 seats in 31 BEd colleges in the city, 2,549 seats were vacant after first counselling.