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TURA | AUG 22, 2020:
Various NGOs of the Garo Hills region of Meghalaya have sought the intervention of Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma into the problems faced by the College of Teachers' Education (CTE) following the cancellation of its courses by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) over non-fulfillment of norms.
The NGOs including Garo Students' Union (GSU), Federation of Khasi, Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP), A'chik Youth Welfare organization (AYWO) have submitted a memorandum to the CM in this regard.
"The present COVID situation has meant that people from here will not be able to venture out of the state to seek admission. This will put added pressure on the present colleges in the region and this needs the evolution of a corrective strategy," said the NGOs, in their memo to the CM.
The NGOs expressed displeasure over the developments in CTE. The affiliation of the institute has been stopped after the CTE failed to provide an approved faculty list, an approved building plan, and Fixed Deposit Receipt (FDR) towards Endowment Fund and Reserved Fund as prescribed in the regulation.
They said that while many such institutions have failed to respond, it still did not alleviate the grim outcome of the revocation on CTE. Further, they added that if reports of the present principal of CTE not possessing the required credentials are true, the same was of grave concern.
"The government also bears some responsibility because it failed to recruit two teachers on vacancies for many years. This inaction on the part of the government has also contributed to the present crisis. The state government should now negotiate with the NCTE while at the same time prepare the necessary documents to be submitted to the statutory body to fulfill the conditions specified," they added.
They further felt that the regulations laid down by the NCTE to integrate other courses at the B.Ed College could be a boon for Garo Hills.
"It will not only prepare the groundwork for a specialized course of 4 years Integrated Teacher Education Programme but it will give admission opportunities for many students in various general studies if varied mainstream subjects are introduced thereby further relieving the admission pressures on the existing institutions," felt the NGOs.
According to them, the present crisis is not for the lack of infrastructure but due to failure to provide an approved list of faculties and the recruitment of the necessary number of teachers. The immediate concern was the loss of a year for aspiring students.
They also pushed for the government to ensure the NCTE regulations are subscribed to as B.Ed colleges in India have been given one and a half year to follow the integrated course of 4 years.
"If a private institution like Don Bosco College for Teacher Education, Tura is ready for the integrated course, there is no reason that CTE, Tura (Rongkhon) cannot be made ready," they added.
As per their findings, the new buildings were to be completed by 2018 but its non-completion has put the PWD department on a wrong foot and led to the present situation.
"If the government directs the contractors to proceed for completion of the building on a war footing, the institute will have conformed to one of the other conditions of NCTE," they felt.
They further felt it was important for the government to ensure recognition to the CTE as the loss of the institute to grant admission for students for the year 2020 will be a catastrophe for Garo Hills as the region still needs more educational institutions.