Of the 754 D.Ed colleges in the state that were inspected by the Maharashtra State Council of Educational Research and Training (MSCERT) earlier this year, as many as 600 were found violating norms and standards prescribed for recognition of colleges. The month-long hearing for these colleges culminated on Wednesday and the report deciding their fate will be submitted to the government after Diwali, said officials.
The Supreme Court had constituted JS Verma commission to inspect D.Ed colleges last year. Of the 291 colleges that were inspected in 2012, as many as 249 were found flouting norms — include availability of land, infrastructure and instructional facilities etc — stipulated by National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE).
There are 1,045 D.ED colleges in the state. The SCERT inspected the remaining 754 colleges earlier this year and issued showcause notices to erring colleges giving them 14 days to clean up their act. After another round of inspection, over 600 colleges were found below standard.
“Over 600 colleges were called for hearing. The number is likely to go up as we have received complaints against more colleges. These colleges will be called for hearing in a couple of days,” said N K Jarag, Director, SCERT.
He added, “In some districts, all colleges were called for hearing. We have completed hearing in all 8 divisions of the state,” said Jarag.
When asked about the number of erring colleges from Pune and the action that will be initiated against them, Jarag said, “The break-up of the number of colleges flouting norms is yet to be done. We have also been receiving complaints against more colleges. Exact number will be clear after the entire process is over. SCERT will submit a report to the state government before Diwali. The government will take a decision on whether the erring colleges will be recognised or not,” said Jarag.
Meanwhile, students who have passed out of these colleges are finding it hard to find jobs. This has resulted in D.Ed colleges having over 40 per cent vacant seats.
“The state government has no vision for education. They opened D.Ed colleges when they needed teachers without thinking about the future. Every year over a lakh students pass out of these colleges while there are only 10,000 teachers that retire annually. Since they need a reason to shut down colleges to hide their mistakes, they are conducting these inspection drives,” said Vikas Lavande, State Organiser, Yuvak Kranti