JU goes tough against B Ed Colleges showing bogus attendance of students

Nishikant Khajuria
JAMMU, Aug 20: Going tough against the erring B Ed Colleges, Jammu University has reduced number of seats of those institutions where the attendance of students was found below satisfactory during the surprise inspections.
Number of seats of the erring colleges, affiliated to the Jammu University, has been reduced from the current academic session for which the fresh admissions for Bachelor in Education course are going on.
According to the official sources, the punitive action was taken on the basis of findings of surprise inspections, conducted by the special teams constituted by the Jammu University Board of Inspection.
These teams conducted surprise inspections of all the 72 private B Ed College, affiliated to Jammu University and prepared a detailed report, which was submitted to the university for further action.
The State of affairs in these private Colleges of Education can be gauged from the fact that in 37 B Ed institutions, the attendance was less than 20 percent during the first inspection and therefore subsequent inspection was conducted, sources added.
Some colleges, which include Trikuta College of Education, Sher-e-Kashmir College of Education, CMH College of Education, Shirdee College of Education, Beacon College, Thakur Anant Singh College, Guru Teg Bahadur College and KC Minerva College, the attendance during first surprise inspection was zero.
Similarly, in a number of other colleges, the presence of students was almost negligible if not zero. The attendance was less than 20 percent in 37 BEd Colleges during the first inspection and therefore subsequent inspection was conducted, sources added.
Taking a lenient view, the University did not disaffiliate such colleges but conducted two more inspections and then average percentage of students present in the best two inspections was taken into account for further action, sources explained.
However, despite that, the average percentage of students present in best two inspections remained below 20 in 22 colleges.
These BEd Colleges included; Sher-e-Kashmir (3.33 percent), Atman College of Education (4.6 percent), CMH College of Education (8.77 pc), B N College of Education (17.45 percent), Shirdee College of Education (1.33 percent), Tagore College of Education (6.08 pc), Kawa College of Education (10.2 percent), Sacred Heart (15.74 pc), Beacon College (0.95), Taawish College Narwal (15.65 pc), Galaxy College, Sainik Colony (8.81 percent), Thakur Anant Singh College ( 15.84 pc), Surya College of Education (18.73 pc), Bhagat Kabir College (10.54 percent), Satyam College ( 3.35 percent), Guru Teg Bahadur College (2.87 percent), Shri Shri Parmahansa Yoganand College (6.28 percent), Adarsh College of Education ( 8.49 percent), Saraswati College of Education (2.28 percent), K C Minerva College (3.79 percent), Kalra College of Education, Kud (19.24 percent) and Bhim Singh College of Education (12.96 percent).
On the basis of best two inspections, the Jammu University adopted a formula on reducing the number of seats of erring B Ed colleges, sources said.
The Jammu University is also believed to have taken consent of the Governor House for taking this punitive action, which was formally approved by the Colleges Development Council during its last meeting.
It may be mentioned here that in the JU affiliated private B Ed Colleges, whose total number is 72, there are total 22372 seats for local and non-local candidates. The admission for these seats is made every year through Jammu University.
Even as the JU had been receiving numerous complains of bogus attendance in these B Ed Colleges, no stringent action was taken against them earlier.
By taking this action, the Jammu University has sought to send a tough message to the erring B Ed College, which are bringing bad name to reputation of the premier institution and its degree.

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