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State takes up Jowai B.Ed college issue with NCTE  

Shillong, July 8: The government has apprised the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) regarding the delay to start the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) College in Jowai, West Jaintia Hills.

Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui told reporters that he along with the additional chief secretary in-charge education had met the secretary of NCTE to discuss regarding the B.Ed College in Jowai, which is a long pending issue.

Rymbui said the NCTE has not allowed the state government to start the college, inspite of having the space besides appointing faculty members.

“Since they said that standalone colleges will not be allowed anymore and that only integrated colleges will be allowed to offer B.Ed courses, we have subsumed the B.Ed college with the Kiang Nangbah Government College (KNGC), Jowai,” he said.

Rymbui said in December last year, the Centre had agreed in principle that KNGC, Jowai will be one of the model colleges to offer a 4-year integrated degree. “But again in March, they changed the policy.”

Answering a question, Rymbui said the secretary of the NCTE informed the state delegation that anytime during the coming weeks, they will again open the online application for new colleges to apply.

“We had a good meeting and we know what we need to do. The NCTE secretary had also informed us that curriculum and everything has been prepared and that they will take a decision to open their portal for any college to apply, which we are ever ready to apply,” he added.

According to him, the B.Ed college has been pending due to the frequent change in the rules and the regulations and also with the start of  National Education Policy.

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