Bangalore University, recently approved 49 B.Ed colleges affiliation for the academic year 2013-14. The number of B.Ed colleges goes down.
Because of the lack of facilities, quality and poor infrastructure, out of 98 only 49 B.Ed colleges are allowed admit students.
On 30 November 2013, BU council had conducted meeting to finalise the affiliation process of B.Ed colleges.
The list of 39 B.Ed colleges which satisfied the norms of the university, Government of Karnataka and National Council for Teachers Education (NCTE) was sent to Central Admission Cell of the state government, which conducts counselling for B.Ed colleges.
Local Inquiry Committee (LIC) reports pertaining to these 30 colleges were discussed. Even though the LIC committee heads had recommended that permission be given to some colleges that lack infrastructure and other facilities, committee members opposed this, saying it will set a bad precedent.
Later in the meeting BU academic council decided to approve 10 more B.Ed colleges affiliation. Also issued show-cause notices to 20 B.Ed colleges.
According to the sources, in 2008 it was 110 B.Ed colleges, 98 in 2010 and 59 in 2012 and now 49 for the year 2013-14.
Vice-Chancellor Dr B Thimme Gowda said, "We will send the list of 10 colleges to CAC. There are chances that some colleges will approach the court and the state government. If we get direction from the court or the government we need to consider it."
"If the LIC recommends for renewal of affiliation subject to fulfillment of condition, we will not accept it. This applies even for general degree courses," said the Vice-Chancellor.
Dr Jagadish Prakash, who visited 15 colleges tried his best to prevent his report recommending regeneration of affiliation to some of the colleges.
He said, "These are model colleges and even the VC can visit them once".
VC said, "I too have visited the colleges personally during the exams and the students who were not present even during the admissions, attended the exams. This is a serious lapse and we should not recommend for renewal of affiliation."