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It seems that Uttar Pradesh is witnessing saturation when it comes to pursue Bachelor of Education. Unlike previous years, when the number of applicants exceeded 5.31 lakh, this year, 3.78 lakh candidates have evinced their interest towards B.Ed. Thanks to the lengthy admission procedure, selection criteria and most importantly, the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET), the number of aspirants has come down.
Officials at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Avadh University, Faizabad, which will conduct the B.Ed - joint entrance exam (JEE) 2012, blame the TET for the tremendous dip in the number of applicants. "B.Ed is no more a criteria for getting jobs in primary and upper primary schools. Hence, the candidates have themselves opted a way out. But, now since TET has failed to provide employment, the figures might rise in the coming years," said S. K. Shukla, university registrar. Experts highlight reasons such as mismanagement in conduct of examination and round the year counselling, which has led to great disenchantment among the candidates. "Once perceived as a job-oriented course, B.Ed is no more lucrative. The employment quotient has gone down after the government putting a full stop in special BTC for B.Ed candidates," said an official. In fact, many others feel that UP will soon be a state where supply will outstrip demand. This has already happened in Haryana. "Recruitment in government primary institutions happens at a snail's pace. Moreover, the salary given to the teachers is too low. Hence, there is resistances among the candidates opt for teaching," said a teacher in Lucknow University. The state, however, saw a surge in B.Ed applicants in the year 2010-11, when Lucknow University conducted the exam. As many as 6.92 lakh B.Ed applications were received by the university. Experts, however, reasoned that the sudden increase in the number of applicants was because the previous year (2009-10) was a zero year. This year, the exam is scheduled on April 23, and the results are likely to be announced on May 21. The counselling procedure will begin from first week of June.
Courtesy: Times of India
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