Gangtok, 25 Apr:
The Human Resource Development Department, in a press release, has clarified that the increase in number of students in B.Ed College, Soreng from 100 to 150 has already been approved by National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE) with effect from 2017 session.
Regarding the approval of the number of students for the batches of 2015 and 2016, the HRDD informs that a bill to regularize the approval for B.Ed College, Soreng as well as 21 other Government Colleges/Universities including some Central Universities has already been introduced in the Lok Sabha by Union Minister of Human Resource Development Department, Prakash Javadekar in December, 2017.
However, the department says that the bill could not be passed during the budget session due to repeated adjournment of the Lok Sabha.
“The future of additional 50 children admitted in 2015 and 2016 session has in no way been jeopardized,” the release reads.
According to the release, a written clearance has also been received from NCTE by Human Resource Development Department as well as Sikkim University regarding the issue.
“As far as Sikkim not performing well in education sector, this may please be noted that Sikkim is among the top performing states in education sector in the country. In 2013, Sikkim stood third at the national level in elementary education. In 2017, Sikkim topped the list of best performing states in education in the small states category. Several programmes and initiatives, interventions like training and non-training needs, leadership programmes, quality improvement programmes under the HRDD speak loudly about the progress being made in education. As all know, achieving quality is not an overnight action. It is a slow and steady process and Sikkim has achieved much till date,” the release reads.