After launching the four-year integrated Bachelor of Education (BEd) course, the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) will introduce counselling as a prominent component in BEd curriculum. NCTE will soon decide on having a dedicated BEd course in Counselling, which will be introduced in around 18000 institutes.
The BEd curriculum is being revised almost after four decades and hence, counselling can also be added to the existing courses.
“New generation students are prone to stress and other psychological issues. A cadre of trained professionals is required to deal with the problem at the school and college level. The ongoing BEd courses do not equip teachers with counselling skills, hence, we will soon launch a BEd in Counselling course,” said Satbir Bedi, chairperson, NCTE.
Students with an academic background in Psychology and inclined towards the teaching profession will be eligible to pursue this course.
The Council is also working towards developing a model BEd college in every district to train teachers. “The model college will help in guiding other colleges while setting up an ideal example. The plan is targetted at around 700 colleges and will train more than 70,000 teachers in a year,” added Bedi.
Around 19 lakh teachers pass out from BEd colleges every year which is a surplus, as the country has the requirement of only 3 lakh teachers. “Matching the demand and supply is one of the major challenges that the Council needs to address immediately,” said Bedi.
The future BEd students may also be able to participate in international training programmes as global exposure is on the list of the council’s future plans. “Schools affiliated to CBSE are functioning all around the world; similarly we want NCTE affiliated BEd colleges to impart education in foreign countries. The move will help in facilitating student exchange programmes to give them global exposure,” said Bedi.
HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ recently launched the NCTE web portal, which will facilitate online verification of degree, diploma and certificate in teacher education.
“Students pursuing BEd and teaching courses in different parts of the country will no longer be required to come all the way to NCTE office to collect and verify the documents. Essential documents will be readily available on the web portal,” said Bedi.