Andaman & Nicobar Islands floating in the Bay of Bengal in
isolation is a paradise on earth. The rate of literacy in these islands
is higher than many states in the Union of India. The Tagore Govt.
College of Education plays a vital role in shaping the education of
these islands by producing competent and skilled teachers.
historical perspective of these islands shows that there has been a
steady growth in the field of education from the pre- independence era.
History says that the British had established a penal settlement in
these islands after the first war of Indian independence in 1857 and
brought the freedom fighters to these islands and kept them in
captivity. The Census Reports and official documents of the British era
states that Primary Schools were set up by the British in these islands
in the early 19th century to provide education to the free
people as well as to the convict children. Compulsory primary education
was the rule of the Penal Settlement. Regular teachers, convict teachers
and student teachers were appointed by the School Education Committee
to cater the educational needs of the Penal Settlement. The non
availability of trained teachers was a constant problem of the
Indian independence the Andaman administration faced the same problem
of non availability of trained teachers to teach in the schools. To meet
the impressing demand, a Teacherís Training Institute was set in the
year 1958 to meet the requirement of the Primary School Teachers. The
problem of Trained Graduate Teachers remained the same. Untrained
Graduates and Post Graduates were being appointed by the Education
Department to meet the demands of the Middle and High Schools. Then
these untrained teachers were provided Summer Training in Teacher
Education by the Department. To meet the requirement of Trained Graduate
Teachers in these Islands, the Govt. B. Ed College was set up in the
same building with the Teacherís Training Institute in August 1981. It
was affiliated to the Panjab University and had got its permanent
recognition from the University Grants Commission (UGC).
TGCE has been growing ever since its inception in 1981. The college
started providing a platform for the graduates and postgraduates passing
out of JNRM, Port Blair and Mahatma Gandhi College, Mayabunder to seek a
professional course and also to seek a job. There were 50 trainees in
the first batch of the College and itís a matter of pride for this
college that many of the officers and teachers working in the Education
Department and other departments of A&N Administration and Central
Govt. Departments are its products. In 1987-88, the affiliation of this
College was shifted to Pondicherry Central University. With the
establishment of National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) in 1993
with statutory authority, the Govt. B.Ed. College got its recognition
from the NCTE in 1997. As per the revised norms of NCTE 2014, two years
B.Ed. degree programme has began from the academic year 2015-16.
the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of Indiaís Independence in August
1998, the Govt. B.Ed. College was re-christened as Tagore Govt. College
of Education (TGCE). In the same year, a 34 bedded Rani Lakshmi Hostel
for Women Teacher Trainees for the women trainees hailing from inter
islands has started functioning. The present whomen's hostel has a capacity of 65 bed. The College got a new building in April
2004 with all facilities required for teacher training.
The 4 year Integrated U G Ed courses were introduced in TGCE in 2003 which was a feather in its cap with Computer Science and English. Later Mathematics was added to this programme. From the academic year 2018-19, the intake in Four Years Integrated Programme has been increased from 30 to 100 with the introduction of two new subjects namely, Hindi and History. The Bachelor of Science and Education ( B.Sc.B.Ed.) in Maths and Computer Science and Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (B.A.B.Ed.) in English, Hindi and History are meant and designed as integrated programmes of Teacher Education, aimed at preparing competent teachers for the secondary school level and incorporate appropriate components of General Education, Subject Specialization and Professional Education.
TGCE that had been a tiny sapling in 1981 has grown up into a huge tree
with its branches stretching out in various directions.