The Tamil Nadu government has told the Centre that it is not in favour of an entrance exam by the National Testing Agency and institutional restructuring as given in the new National Education Policy 2020.
State Higher Education Minister KP Anbalagan said in a letter dated 4 September to Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank that such a move would impact rural students by adding to their academic burden.
He said that the state government may be allowed to continue with the present model of having autonomous colleges and colleges affiliated to a university.
Anbalagan said that the strategy of categorising colleges only as autonomous or constituent colleges will deprive affiliated colleges the capacity or capability of becoming autonomous degree-granting colleges.
He said the affiliated colleges will not get suitable guidance from the affiliated universities.
Anbalagan also pointed out that of the 587 colleges in Tamil Nadu, only 53 are autonomous while the remaining need to be nurtured to improve their standard.
The Tamil Nadu Minister also said that the gross enrolment ratio (GER) in the state is 49 per cent and would touch 50 per cent this academic year.
The teacher-student ratio in Tamil Nadu is 1:17 as against the national average of 1:26.
However, Anbalagan welcomed the NEP proposal to convert B.Ed course into a four-year Integrated Degree Course with two major subjects.
He said this would enable students to complete their course early and enter the teaching profession quickly.
(The story has been published via a syndicated feed, only the headline has been changed)
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