'Strict action against DTEd colleges that flout norms'
Out of 1,405, SCERT to conduct inspections of 1,114 colleges across the state in the coming week
Institutions offering Diploma in Teachers Education (DTEd) courses will be facing stringent action if found flouting norms set by the government, as the State Council Educational Research and Training (SCERT) has decided to conduct thorough inspections of 1,114 such colleges across the State between January 7 and 12 this year.
Of the total of 1,405 DTEd colleges in the state, 291 colleges have been inspected and were found to be flouting norms. The inspection drive comes on the backdrop of the 291 colleges facing disapproval by the State Government last year. The management of all these colleges approached the Supreme Court (SC) against the government’s decision and the matter is sub judice.
“We are assigning the task to the education department officers across the state. There would be three members in every team and each team will inspect 10 DTEd colleges,” Dinkar Patil, joint director, SCERT said.
Patil added that the SC had formed a commission, which has inspected all these 291 colleges and submitted its report to the SC.
“The report states that out of 291 colleges, only 44 colleges are eligible to run. Hence, the state government has taken the initiative and decided to inspect the remaining 1,114 DTEd colleges,” Patil said.
In a recent Government Resolution (GR), the state government tasked this inspection to the SCERT, which looks after the central admission process of DTEd colleges in the state.
“We were asked to thoroughly inspect all DTEd colleges. Various parameters have been set by the government for inspection, and our officers will be video graphing the entire process while at these colleges,” Shakuntala Kale, joint director of SCERT, said.
All Zilla Parishads (ZP) and the municipal corporations will be assisting SCERT to form teams of education officers.
According to sources, the government will ensure stringent action is taken against DTEd colleges that are found flouting the norms, as the number of such colleges has increased considerably since the past few years.
“Though the DTEd colleges are increasing every year, the demand from students for the course is decreasing, as the requirement for teachers has reached saturation level,” said Patil.
Currently, the 1,114 DTEd colleges in the state produce around 90,000 aspiring teachers each year, while on the other hand, the requirement for teachers from the government’s side for government and aided schools in the state is only 15,000 per year.