Bangalore University, decided to postpone the First Semester B.Ed exams from April 24 to May 23 in view of the ongoing affiliation row concerning colleges with irregularities.
The decision has been taken as BU is in the process of constituting expert committees to inspect 55 teacher education colleges that have been recommended for disaffiliation by the BU Task Force in its November report.
"We cannot hold two exams, so we have decided to postpone them. The affiliation of these colleges will be determined by the expert committees, whose reports will be placed before the Academic Council and Syndicate," said R K Somashekhar, Registrar (Evaluation).
The Task Force report listed 23 colleges for ‘gross irregularities' and 20 colleges as ‘other non-functional colleges'. Twelve colleges, have been recommended for disaffiliation.
Government quota students of colleges, whose affiliation will be discontinued, will be relocated to other colleges, while the fate of management quota students is yet to be decided, he added.
With the first semester B.Ed exams commencing in 10 days and nearly 75 per cent government quota seats lying vacant in Bangalore, many B.Ed colleges affiliated to Bangalore University (BU) have sought the higher education department's permission to convert the vacant seats to management quota.
Most of the colleges that have approached the department are those that have been recommended for disaffiliation by the BU Task Force. At least 18 B.Ed colleges under the scanner for academic irregularities have approached the department in February for conversion of vacant government quota seats into management quota.
The premise for this is the huge number of vacant government quota seats in the Bangalore district alone. Statistics from the Central Admission Cell show the total government intake in 88 B.Ed colleges in Bangalore Urban and Rural was 4,625, of which an appalling 3,429 seats are vacant - almost 75 per cent.
The Task Force report, which inspected 99 B.Ed colleges under BU, listed 23 colleges for "gross irregularities" and 20 colleges as "other non-functional colleges". Twelve colleges, which do not have recognition of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), had been recommended for disaffiliation. Only 26 colleges had been recommended for renewal of affiliation, while admissions for 2012-13 in 18 colleges had been recommended for suspension.