Chandigarh – The craze among students to pursue Bachelor of Education (B Ed) course for carving a career for themselves in teaching seems to have died down as the state is struggling to get at least as many as applicants so that all 32,000 seats are filled. Forget the entrance test to choose the best among applicants.Last year, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the National Council of Technical Education (NCTE) chairman and Principal Secretary, Education, Punjab, to review the number of seats before inviting applications for the current academic session-2018-19. “The two-year B Ed programme, which is being run in 215 colleges affiliated to Panjab University (PU), is going through a major dip in the applicants,” said a PU functionary, requesting anonymity.Till date, the PU has received only 21,716, a significant dip in the number as compared to the past year’s applicants whereas there are more than 32,000 seats in the colleges affiliated to PU. Earlier, the admission in B Ed was based on the merit, whereas in the year 2016, the Panjab University started conducting entrance test for admission.The fee for the entrance test is Rs 2,200 for the general category candidates, which means that 21,716 candidates having applied for the course has left the university richer by around Rs 4 crore so far. Last year, the PU had to conduct two entrance tests as 8,000 seats were left vacant. The matter went to the High Court, which had directed the PU to conduct entrance examination for the vacant seats whereas only 4,037 students turned up for B Ed examination.
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