Concerned over the quality of the teacher training institutions, the Centre has decided that no new BEd college will be allowed in the country this year.
Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar observed today that BEd colleges were opening like "fly by night operators" until now. "You pay today and get the degree tomorrow."
"With the enhanced focus on the teacher training, all this need to be stopped. So it was decided no new BEd colleges will open in the country," he told reporters here.
He said as far as opening of new colleges is concerned it will be a 'zero-year' and also existing colleges will have to undergo a quality audit.
"We have asked for quality affidavits and so far only 7,000 of them have submitted. We have also issued show-cause notices to nearly 4,000 BEd colleges," he added.
The government has also decided to increase the practical component in the Bachelor of Education (BEd) and Diploma in Education (DEd) courses.
"The practical component will be increased in the teacher training modules and practical sessions will be conducted in government schools which will be under observation of the teachers there and student feedback will also be given importance," Javadekar said.