West Bengal gets country’s first four-year integrated BEd course
Aspiring teachers in West Bengal can now pursue a BEd course while studying graduation.
The West Bengal University of Teachers Training, Education Planning and Administration (WBUTTEPA) has launched the country’s first four-year integrated BA BEd and BSc BEd programmes.
“This is a unique programme where instead of spending two years on a BEd course after graduation, a student can do honours graduation and at the same time complete BEd in just four years. While the student saves a year, it also brings teachers’ education on a par with other professional education as mentioned in the National Education Policy 2020. This is the first time in the country that a university has launched a four-year integrated BEd programme,” said Prof. Soma Bandyopadhyay, vice-chancellor of the university.
The university has completed the admission process for both the courses. Minimum eligibility criteria was at least 50 per cent in the Class XII board exam.
Though the programmes are of four-year duration, students will be allowed to opt out and complete leftover credits later. The time allowed is a maximum of six years from the date of admission to the programme.
In the 2020-21 session, integrated BA/BSc BEd students can take honours (core) in six subjects — Bengali, English, geography, history, chemistry or zoology. The pass subjects on offer are Bengali, English, geography, history, mathematics, physics, chemistry, zoology and botany.
The university has also developed a four-year integrated BEd course in art education, where students can do honours in performing arts and visual arts. “We are trying to launch this first-of-its-kind course soon. Music teachers, art teachers, dance teachers or drawing teachers usually don’t have BEd degrees or even if they do it is in another subject. This course will allow them to do honours in their core subject and also complete BEd at the same time. To begin with, we will be offering honours in just two subjects,” VC Bandyopadhyay said.
To begin with, the integrated courses offer 50 seats and the selection process is merit-based. “All these BEd integrated courses would target students who want to become educators. All our curriculums are based on local needs following the NCTE (National Council for Teacher Education) guidelines,” Bandyopadhyay said.
Next on the anvil is a PG Diploma in Education Planning and Administration that would target the heads of academic institutions. The course would focus on management of academic institutions, curriculum designing and planning. The one-year course will be credit-based and a total 25 seats will be on offer.
The university has also designed a PG Diploma in Sports Science Education where sports trainers will learn to impart their knowledge as a trainer, a teacher, and a coach. The university will also offer PhD in Sports Science Education. “Such courses exist aboard but again in India this will be the first of its kind,” Bandyopadhyay said.
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