As Govt tightens noose, ETT 'business' crumbles in Kashmir

Greater Kashmir

Elementary Teachers Training (ETT) courses were jointly started by School Education department and Board of School Education (BOSE) in 2006 after it was proposed by BOSE in 2003.

The much hyped Elementary Education, started with an aim to fulfill learning needs of children in an inclusive school environment, has failed to bridge social and gender gaps as it received zero response in Kashmir for current academic session.

Elementary Teachers Training (ETT) courses were jointly started by School Education department and Board of School Education (BOSE) in 2006 after it was proposed by BOSE in 2003.

However the move proved to be a hoax for students from outside the state who sought admission for the course which turned out to be a money minting machine for brokers who siphoned money in lieu of providing admissions to non-local candidates in ETT institutes.

Following the bungling in the ETT courses, a case under FIR No. 36 of 2013 under section 420, 468, 471, 120-B RPC r/w was registered in State Crime Branch and all the concerned records of BOSE and School Education Department were seized.

It was revealed that thousands of candidates were admitted for ETT institutions in gross violation of norms.

“Government has now adopted stringent policy for providing admissions to students in these institutes after large scale bungling were reported,” officials in Education department said.

Earlier, 585 ETT institutes were ‘illegally’ registered by State government after establishment of the policy in year 2006 of which 499 were functioning in Jammu and 86 in Kashmir.

However the number of institutes reduced after government stopped giving No Objection Certificates (NOC) to the institutes.

In November 2013, the School Education Department has admitted that 211 ETT colleges of Jammu division had illegally admitted 12476 students to the ETT courses in the session 2011-13.

“Government refused to renew the registration of these 211 institutions for admitting students fraudulently. They were not given NOCs to start new academic session for 2013-2015,” officials said.

After landing in the CB net for making thousands of admissions illegally in ETT institutes against cash during previous academic session, the State Education Department recommended only 92, out of 585 ETT institutes in JK, for the current academic year.

Out of 92, 15 institutes were recommended from Kashmir while 77 in Jammu, however only 35 institutes in Jammu received applications from students for taking up their ETT courses for the session 2013-15 while no application has been received in Kashmir.

The institutes were recommended on basis of the reports submitted by committees constituted at district level for conducting infrastructural inspections in ETT institutes.

“These institutes failed to attract any student, both in and outside Kashmir,” officials in BOSE said, adding that they didn’t receive any examination form from last two years for ETT course in valley.

Officials in BOSE said ETT culture was boiling down to zero as people are not showing any interest in it. “Actually there are no chances for any bungling now as the department has tightened noose around these institutes. We don’t give affiliation certificates to them without conducting inspection which was not prevalent in previous years,” officials in BOSE said.