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Bengal: Private BEd colleges must obtain required infrastructure for affiliation

November 14, 2023

The authorities of 253 private BEd colleges in West Bengal, whose affiliations were revoked by Baba Saheb Ambedkar University, have received a caution from the university. They were advised against seeking financial assistance to regain their affiliations.

The university instructed these colleges to enhance their infrastructure in line with the National Council of Teachers’ Education (NCTE) guidelines to facilitate the restoration of affiliations. Out of a total of 600 private BEd colleges, 253 were denied permission to admit students in the next academic session due to insufficient infrastructure and non-compliance with the teacher-student ratio as per NCTE guidelines.

Vice-Chancellor Soma Bandyopadhyay of Baba Saheb Ambedkar University emphasized the importance of adhering to NCTE norms and warned against engaging with individuals offering affiliations through financial means.

The university had granted affiliation to approximately 350 other private BEd colleges, allowing them to continue with teacher training courses. These colleges were informed about the need for an adequate teacher-student ratio before submitting applications for permission by November 4. West Bengal has over 600 private and 25 state-run BEd colleges.

Also read: West Bengal: Governor discusses academic and administrative issues with interim VCs

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