Mohali February 09, 2019: On the one hand due to the shortage of funds, State Govt. is facing financial crisis while on the other hand due to absence of clear cut policy, Dept of Higher Education is denying admissions to the willing students of other states in 5000-6000 vacant B.Ed seats in Punjab.
If the Dept of Higher Education permits the Colleges to fill these vacant B.Ed seats then the fresh revenue of over 60 Crore will be added this year to the State.
Students of Various States with fewer seats in B.Ed course like Delhi- NCR, Bihar, Jharkhand, North East etc are ready to come to Punjab. From the fees share, Govt. Universities will get Registration fees, Affiliation fees, Student Related Funds, Exam fees while the Colleges will get the Tuition fees, Hostel Charges etc as additional revenue.
Sh. Jagjit Singh, President, B.Ed Federation said that when govt. can open the admission to all candidates after entran/counselling (like law, Engg., Nursing etc.) the same benefits should be given to B.Ed aspirants.
Due to the absence of clear cut policy in Punjab, students are in dilemma over their admissions and are migrating to the neighbouring States like Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir etc where there no such condition of entrance test in B.Ed exists.
It is to be mentioned that last year also Hon'ble Punjab and Haryana High Court has instructed the higher education dept to make some policy to fill the left out seats in B.Ed Colleges. This year also in the civil writ petition No 30397 of the Year 2018 dated 22nd January, 2019, the bench of Hon'ble Mr. Justice Mahesh Grover and Hon'ble Mr. Justice Lalit Batra has strictly asked the Govt to the make the policy to fill these B.Ed seats in four weeks.
Moreover the Department of Higher Education has allowed Physical Education Colleges to fill the vacant seats and in Law Colleges also no such condition of Entrance Exam exists. The students, parents and Colleges are in dilemma over such double standards for B.Ed Colleges.