Integrated BSc, BEd courses receive NCTE green signal in Tamil Nadu | Chennai News


CHENNAI: Two central institutions from Tamil Nadu – IIT Madras, Central University of Tamil Nadu in Tiruvarur – have got permission from the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) to offer a four-year integrated BSc BEd programme from 2023-24.
Students joining these programmes will have an advantage of studying one year less compared to students who do BSc BEd separately. The BEd course duration is generally two years. It is one of the key suggestions in the National Education Policy (NEP).
IIT Madras plans to introduce the integrated programme from 2023-24.
“We are very good in sciences like physics, chemistry, and maths. For the education degree (BEd), we are planning to tie up with Tata Institute of Social Sciences. We want to take the best of both and start the programme,” IIT Madras director V Kamakoti said.
“We are planning to offer BSc Maths plus computing, and a BEd degree. It is yet to be approved by the Senate. We want to produce good maths teachers at upper primary level,” he added.
Students who have completed Class XII will be eligible to join the programme. The programme will be offered in hybrid mode. The BSc course is likely to be offered online and the BEd in offline mode.
Central University of Tamil Nadu is planning to offer the integrated programme from 2024-25. “We want to admit students through the Common University Entrance Test (CUET). We also need new faculty members for chemistry, physics and mathematics. We will make the arrangements this year and offer the programme from next academic year,” said M Krishnan, vice-chancellor of Central University of Tamil Nadu (CUTN).
The course will have an intake of 40 seats. The university expects to fill all seats due to the demand for the integrated degree courses.
The CUTN already offers a BEd degree and the education department will offer the new integrated degree programme as well.
“There will be a huge interest in the BSc BEd programme as it reduces one year for teacher aspirants. The teacher education can be incorporated in the curriculum from second or third year of UG programme onwards. It will help to produce better teachers,” said P Duraisamy, former vice-chancellor of Madras University.

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