With this order, closure threat looms large over two old institutes –– the 132-year-old Government Teachers’ Training Institute for Women in Dharwad and the 91-yearold Maharani’s Teachers’ Training Institute in Mysuru –– which have produced hundreds of teachers. The move to close six district institutes of education and training (DIET) in Dharwad, Kalaburagi, Hosadurga (Chitradurga), Sindhanur (Raichur), Chikkanahalli (Sirsi) and Mysuru has not gone down well with academicians and activists.
The department has also temporarily suspended courses in Bengaluru South, Belagavi and Illkal (Bagalkot) teachers’ training institutes.
Several organizations have slammed the government’s move and have threatened to launch an agitation if the government goes ahead with its decision. Former chief minister Jagadish Shettar has urged the government to reconsider its decision regarding closure of the Dharwad institute.
With no takers for the two-year diploma in education (DEd) course, 34 DEd colleges run by the government are facing the threat of closure. Aspiring primary school teachers can opt for DEd after clearing PU. DSERT regulates the DEd course, which was earlier known as the TCH course.