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Illegal admissions of 16000 ETT students
Can Govt bite the bullet?
4/15/2013 12:04:15 AM


Srinagar, Apr 14; 16000 admissions in Elementary Teacher Training (ETT) Institutions in violations of set norms by the private ETT institutes has become a bone of contention between the BOSE and the political establishment. Though the Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand who holds the School Education portfolio while taking note of the violation of norms for admission in the Elementary Teacher Training (ETT) institutes in the State had said on the floor of the House on March 23 that he has ordered a time-bound inquiry into the issue, few of his colleagues are building pressure on BOSE for regularization of illegal ETT admissions.
The Deputy Chief Minister had said that in violation of rules, thousands of students were given admission in ETTs which have mushroomed in J&K over the years.
"11000 students were given admission after counseling and their registration done in 2011 while another 16000 students were given admission without following proper procedure.
Now there is a demand that these students shall be allowed to sit in examination" Tara Chand had said. "The ETT involves the students from outside state and it (mess) is bringing bad name to J&K," Chand said.
But despite the assurances from the Deputy Chief Minister on the floor of the House, pressure from political establishment continues to mount on the BOSE for regularizing these illegal admissions.
"Pressure is being build up on BOSE for regularizing 16000 illegal ETT admissions for holding exams" a senior BOSE official told Early Time Plus. He said the BOSE in its Board of Governors meeting has now recommended to government to decide about regularization of illegal admissions in Elementary Teachers Training (ETT) for 2011-13.
"The governing body has rejected the proposal of college owners to legalize their admissions. In case, government wants to accept these admissions, it is their job and they can decide it in cabinet. But we don't support it," observed the meeting.
The governing body has decided to send a memo to the government (education department) which could place it before the cabinet, sources said.
Pertinently most of the ETT colleges which have illegally admitted students from outside the state are owned by some senior ministers, politicians and influential people. Sources said the pressure from the ministers was also evident from the fact that the BOSE chairman and four other senior officials were called back by the Minister for Higher Education, Muhammad Akbar Lone, however, the education department did not relieve the officials saying
the appointment of chairman was made under a circular by the government and the minister was not competent to call him back. They said the Higher Education Minister actually owns three or four ETT colleges where a number of students from outside have been admitted illegally. Sources said the BOSE authorities refusing to regularizethe illegal admissions irked the minister wrote to the School Education Department to relieve the BOSE officials ignoring the basic fact it was not in his jurisdiction.
They said under duress, BOSE authorities last year postponed the first session of ETT exams and set up two inquiry committees led by joint secretary exams, Jammu Vidyaratan Sharma and joint secretary exams (Kashmir) Mahboob-ul-Hassan Dhar respectively to check the
credentials of candidates admitted in violation of the norms.
"Both the committees submitted their reports to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and termed the regularization of candidates illegal and unethical," sources said adding they felt it would adversely affect the quality of education system and earn bad name for J&K in other states, where BEd and ETT degrees awarded by state government are already under scanner.
They said members of the inquiry committee informed government that some of the states even refuse to accept BEd and ETT degrees awarded by J&K to the candidates, who apply for jobs in education sector in their respective states. Sources said the governing board of BOSE in its meeting the other day has urged the government to settle the issue at the earliest.
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