A boon to teachers
DEBORAH, A teacher in Bangalore, who underwent the rigour of the two-year Indira Gandhi National Open University (www.ignou.ac.in) (IGNOU) Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) programme, cleared it successfully and believes that she has become a better teacher herself.
There are many like her all over the country. IGNOU offers 11,000 seats of which the Regional Centre for Karnataka offers about 500 seats including Bangalore (200), Udupi (100) and Hubli (100) besides 100 seats in Ponda, Goa. IGNOU has scheduled the entrance test for August 7, 2005.
The following are the B.Ed colleges that have been identified as the programme centres for the IGNOU B.Ed programme:
Bangalore: MES College of Education, Rajinagar; New Horizon College of Education, Indiranagar.
Udupi: TMA Pai College of Education.
Hubli: KLE Society's College of Education.
Goa: GVM College of Education.
The B.Ed. programme aims at developing the competencies required by teachers for effective teaching-learning process at the secondary stage. The programme also provides opportunities for sharing the experiences gained. In addition, it develops knowledge and understanding of essential areas required by teachers in the emerging socio-cultural, political and technological context in general, and education system in particular.
Only in-service teachers with i) A bachelor or higher degree from a recognised university, and ii) Two years full time regular teaching experience in primary, secondary/higher/senior secondary school recognised by the Central or a State Government/Union Territory are eligible.
Admissions are done Regional Centre-wise on the basis of the score obtained in the entrance test. The programme is of two years duration but students may take up to four years to complete. Offered through English and Hindi medium, it has attracted a large number of teacher-educators, who were not in a position to augment their B.Ed qualification in the regular mode.
IGNOU has come as a boon to the teachers who hitherto were not in a position to afford the exorbitant fees and donation that the multitude of B.Ed colleges charged. "The IGNOU B.Ed programme has definitely democratised the very facet of teacher education," says B.P.R. Narasimha Rao, Regional Director, IGNOU Regional Centre, Karnataka and Goa. "The fee for the whole course (two years) is Rs. 12,000 which is a sure advantage to the teacher-educators who would like to come into the fold."
S.M.S. Gowda, Academic Counsellor at the Bangalore Centre, says that "with experienced teacher-educators coming to pursue the B.Ed programme, they will be preferred to the regular students who do not possess any experience, and hence, will make a mark in the field of education."
IGNOU also offers the B.Ed in Urdu through a tie-up with the Maulana Azad National Urdu University (www.manuu.ac.in) and one can contact the Urdu University Programme Centre located on the campus of Al-Ameen College of Education, Bangalore for the application or download the application form the website of the University. The entrance test is to be held on August 7 on the college premises.
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