Meghalaya Rymbui
File image of Meghalaya education minister Lahkmen Rymbui Credit: EastMojo

Shillong: Meghalaya Education minister Lahkmen Rymbui on Thursday said the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) portal would soon open, giving the state a chance to apply.

Recalling the long-pending issue of setting up the B.Ed College in Jowai, Rymbui said that it was due to the change of regulation from time to time the NCTE has not allowed starting the college despite having appointed the faculty and also having space. Rymbui informed that the B. Ed College at Jowai is standalone.

“No standalone college is allowed. Only integrated colleges will be allowed to offer B Ed courses, so, we subsumed the college with Kiang Nangbah Govt College in Jowai,” informed Rymbui.

In December last year, the Government of India had agreed in principle that Kiang Nangbah is one of the model colleges to offer degree courses. But again, in March, they changed the policy. “As a government, we are looking at the need of the B Ed college which is a long aspiration of the govt and youth of the state. In the meeting, the Secretary of NCTE informed us that any time during this coming week, they will again open the online application for new college so that anybody from India can apply,” mentioned Rymbui.

Meghalaya education department is positive that they can soon start this college. Rymbui said that he wanted to keep his word since time and again he has been giving a commitment hence used this opportunity. “Due to change of rules and regulation and also with the coming of NEP, there is always a delay. It was a good meeting, and NCT has informed that curriculum is already prepared they will decide to open the portal for any college to apply,” informed Rymbui.

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