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History of Department of Education &  Allied Sciences

The 'Department of Education' came into existence in the campus of Rohilkhand University in 1986. At that time, the department had just an M. Ed. programme as a regular study course (10 seats) and Ph. D. programme, and as its faculty strength had just one Reader and one Lecturer. With the passage of time, rigorous efforts of the teachers and persistence at the administrative level resulted into upgrading and modernization of the M. Ed. course, introduction of newer course of teacher education, increase in the infrastructure and faculty strength, completion of numerous research projects, and organization of various National/Regional seminars, symposia and workshops on themes of educational importance. And now the Department has gained its well deserved status on the national map of teacher-education institutions. 

Keeping in view the scope and needs of the academic activities of the department, the University decided in 1995 to create an altogether new faculty - the "Faculty of Education and Allied Sciences" for the courses running in the university campus and this department became a part of this new faculty.

The existing M. Ed. course was upgraded in line with the UGC-NET syllabus, and the inclusion of additional practical content-cum-theory paper on computer applications in education resulted into a distinct course of its nature - the Applied M. Ed., a course running in the University campus only.

The Department took lead in developing curriculum for pre-service teacher-training programme to teach vocational trades in secondary schools at national level and developed courses for 80 trades related to Home Economics Education, Business & Marketing Education, Science & Technology Education, and Agricultural Education along with pedagogy content and various philosophical, psychological and technological foundations of education for B. Ed. Vocational Education programme. 

In 1993, the department submitted a proposal to the State Government to start B. Ed. (Specialization in Vocational Education) course in the university campus. The State Govt. endorsed the initiatives and for the first time in the whole country a teacher-training programme especially targeted to pre-service training of vocational teachers was started in 1995 in the Department. Meanwhile, the programmes of B. Ed./M. Ed. Special Education, Computer Application in Education, and Environmental Component in Teachers training were sanctioned by the U.G.C. and the Department materialized these programmes in the courses of B. Ed. (Specialization in Special Education) and B. Ed. (Specialization in Educational Computing), the courses started in 1995.

In 1995, the UGC gave the distinct status of Department of Research Support (DRS) to the department under its Special Assistance Programme (SAP) for promoting excellence in research in the thrust areas of Educational Technology, Vocational Education and Special Education. And the same year, considering the academic and research achievements, the infrastructure, and growth and development, the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India gave department the distinct status of Institution of Advanced Studies in Education (IASE).

From the session 1996-97, the Department of B.Ed./M.Ed. increased intake to 30 seats in Applied M. Ed. and 220 seats in B. Ed. (all three specializations). During this session, the Department played an important role in establishing its Practice Teaching Lab. - "Pt. Deena Nath Misra Model School" - on the land donated by a freedom-fighters' society, in the nearby sub-urban area. During the same session National Seminar on 'Women Participation in Science, Technology & Management Education' and National Conference on 'Re-engineering Education' were organized with all grandeur.

In the next session (1997-98) a new course – M.Ed. (Special Education) – was introduced in the Department. And at the same time, new vocational trades were introduced in B. Ed. (Specialization in Vocational Education). This year the department organized a National Seminar on 'Environmental Awareness through Education'.

During 1998-99, a National Seminar on 'Higher Education in 21st Century: Vision & Action' was organized and in the session 2000-01, the department hosted dignitaries from all over India for National Seminar on 'Information Technology & Education: Vision & Prospects'.

The next session (2001-02) UGC extended the status of D.R.S. to the department for the second term of five years and the department got another honour from the UGC to be a Refresher Course Centre for organizing Refresher Courses in Education for in-service higher education teachers. And the department organized two such refresher courses - one during 2001-02 and other during 2004-05.

During 2004-05, the intake in Applied M. Ed. was increased to 40, and the department organized another National Conference on 'Education for All' – with special reference to Inclusive Education. This session has been important to the department in yet another manner that the same year, the department was recognized as one of the premier teacher-training institutions with the high rating of A+ accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).

In 2007, the UGC granted the status of D.R.S. to the department for third consecutive term of five years from 2007 to 2012.


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