Enhancement of M.Ed. course duration a wastage of time

Following the intervention of Governor N N Vohra, the University of Kashmir has adopted Justice Verma Commission recommendations on Teacher Education and therefore enhanced the duration of  B. Ed., B.P.Ed. and M.Ed. courses to two years from the current academic session.

A formal order in this regard was issued today by the Kashmir University in suppression of the earlier notifications for fresh admission to the B.Ed. courses this session.

“In pursuance of the adoption of the recommendations of Justice Verma Commission as per final Plan of Action approved by the Supreme Court of India, it is notified for the information of all candidates who have applied or are desirous to apply for admission to B.Ed, B.P.Ed. and M.Ed. programmes through University Department or Government/ Private Colleges, that the duration of the aforementioned courses from the current academic session 2015-16 shall be of two years,” said the notification number (Admission-B.Ed/B PEd/M Ed)DDA-KU/2015, dated 22nd July 2015.

Apparently, the motive of the government to enhance the duration of the aforementioned courses looks noble but taking into account the paucity of experienced teaching staff and several other factors, the decision looks like crude joke. Kashmir University is in a serious crisis as far as availability of experienced teaching staff is concerned. The stopgap arrangements by way of appointing contractual teachers not only amounts to playing with the future of students but also raises serious questions on the credentials of the varsity which enjoys the privilege of being a NAAC-accredited university. The lackadaisical approach of the departments in preparing the syllabus has been another worry as the university was in no way prepared to adopt the two-year duration.

More importantly, the increase in the duration would result in unnecessary wastage of time as the same course material, it looks like, would be taught in some form of expansion without the proper thought as to what should be included in a two-year format.

Many students who have been enrolled in the M.Ed. course have already qualified P.G. course in one discipline or the other and staying at the university for two more years amounts to wasting one precious year in their lives. Can the authorities reconsider the decision of reverting back to the one-year format?

Sincerely,

Abdul Basit

Shopian, Kashmir

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