With the number of students seeking admission in DEd colleges going down, the future of teachers is also bleak
DR RADHIKA INAMDAR, principal, Tilak College Of Education
PUNE: The number of students seeking Diploma in Education (DEd ) course, previously known as Teacher Certificate Higher course (TCH), is falling for lack of job opportunities. Over 50,000 of the total of 60,000 seats in across Maharashtra are vacant.
The admission process for DEd began on May 31, and continued over five phases till June 31. And only 10,800 applications were received for 60,000 seats, with only 9,846 candidates seeking admission.
With only 16 per cent of admissions, the jobs of professors of these institutes are also jeopardised, said Dr Radhika Inamdar, principal of Tilak College Of Education, Pune.
“With the number of students seeking admission in DEd colleges going down, the future of teachers is also bleak. If an unaided college gets no or low admission, it will eventually shut down as the salaries of teachers depend on fees. And, for government and aided colleges, if such low number of students are admitted over a period of three years, the governing body will close down a division. As per the standard, we are to have two divisions, with 12 teachers for 100 students, 50 of them in each division. So, closing down of one division means six teachers lose their jobs, as transfer is rare.”
Vijay Dhamne, a professor at DEd institute in Pune said, “Unlike the last decade, this problem is aggravating each year. It is mostly because of lack of job opportunities. Moreover, making it a two-year course has made the course less promising for secure job. Also, if they manage to get a job in the private sector, then the pay is also very low.”