Bachelor of Physical Education (BPEd): Proposed 4 Years Integrated Teacher Education Programme (ITEP)
Keywords:National Education Policy, 2020(NEP 2020), Integrated Teacher Education program (ITEP), National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), Teacher Education Institute (TEI), Bachelor of Physical Education (BPEd)
National Education Policy 2020 (NEP 2020) mentioned that students will join the teaching profession not by chance but by choice. They recommended a four-year integrated teacher education program (ITEP). Also, it has been pointed out that the teacher education institute (TEI) will run independently; either they must join the college cluster model or offer other UG/PG courses, including a teacher education program. The Gazette of India notification (26th October 2021) was released by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) to implement the NEP:2020 recommendations in the TEI. On that, NCTE mentioned ITEP (No. 15). UG teacher education courses, as per the ITEP directives, will be i.BA BEd ii.BSc BEd iii.BCom BEd. In Physical Education, there are three courses i. Diploma in Physical Education (No. 6) ii. Bachelor of Physical Education (No 7) iii. Master of Physical Education (No 8). In this article, the present author, an experienced teacher in the field of Physical Education, Exercise, and Sport Science, proposed four years integrated Bachelor of Physical Education program with a Physical Education major and Sport Science minor and also invite debate, discussion, modification and further upgradations from the all-cross sections of our society.