As the University of Jammu has still not been able to decide about the two-year BEd programme through the Directorate of Distance Education (DDE), its fate now depends on the upcoming university academic council meeting.
Meanwhile, the University of Kashmir had already passed a resolution to go ahead with the course.
It is pertinent to mention here that BEd and MEd through distance mode were banned in all universities/colleges across the country in 2015 after the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) cited that the programme was mainly for teacher educators and it should be conducted through face-to-face mode only.
Sources claimed that after the NCTE relaxed the norms for the state universities, the University of Kashmir in its council meeting had passed a resolution to start the BEd course despite non-recognition from the NCTE and simultaneously, asked the Jammu University to start the two-year degree programme.
“Without NCTE recognition, BEd degree obtained through distance mode is not valid. Thousands of aspirants prefer pursuing BEd through distance mode from the Jammu University and after the completion of the degree, they are eligible to apply for teacher jobs in educational institutes, both in the state and outside,” a Jammu University official said.
“The Jammu University does not want any injustice with the aspirants, so the issue will now be discussed in the upcoming academic council meeting,” the official added.
“Earlier the course was open to graduates with a teaching experience of two years. However, as per the new NCTE norms, it is mandatory for all BEd applicants to obtain a degree in any of its recognised teacher education programme such as Diploma in Elementary Education (DEEd) through a face-to-face mode before pursuing BEd. In case, the Jammu University decides to run the course through distance mode, the condition will apply to the aspirants,” sources claimed.