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A first for Dyal Singh College

Parul Sharma

Photo: V.V. Krishnan

Queuing up: Students submitting common admission form for the under-graduate courses at Delhi University on Monday.

NEW DELHI: Dyal Singh College (Evening) is likely to become the first co-educational college of Delhi University to offer Bachelor of Elementary Education (B.El.Ed.) programme.

The college will introduce the course in the next academic session 2010-11.

As of now, eight women’s colleges at the University teach the B.El.Ed. course.

“The University team visited our campus about three months ago and they have submitted their recommendations for approval. We have asked for 50 seats in the course, but we may get a minimum of 30. Since introduction of several new courses at different colleges have been put on hold this year because of the OBC expansion, we will start B.El.Ed in 2010,” said college Principal Deepak Malhotra.

“We believe that colleges should introduce courses that are job-oriented. Students of B.El.Ed. get cent per cent placements. Therefore, we applied to the Faculty of Education and our proposal is under active consideration. We have the infrastructure required to run this course,” Dr. Malhotra added.

Meanwhile, for admission to B.El.Ed. for the coming academic year, the Faculty of Education has sold about 7,316 forms till June 5, the last date for the sale and receipt of forms.

This has gone up considerably from over 4,500 forms in 2008.

The B.El.Ed. programme is a four-year integrated professional course of elementary teacher education. The seat intake this year is 336, which includes all kinds of quota. The course is unique because it is bilingual and the students can choose to study either in the Hindi or English medium.

“It is a very rigorous course and requires more hard work than other honours courses. The fourth year is completely dedicated to hands-on training during internship,” said a member of the admission committee for this year.

“A student who has completed his/her B.El.Ed. is trained for teaching up to Class VIII. They can also pursue other Master’s level programmes.” The Faculty of Education, which manages the centralised admission process, will now hold an entrance examination (115 marks) on June 13, and interview (35 marks) to be conducted on June 23.

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