Institutions running teacher-training courses without permission from the government will get a chance to be recognised — as a one time measure. The Centre has decided to amend a law to enable the exception.
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday decided to introduce an amendment to the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) Act, 1993, in Parliament to grant recognition to such institutions with retrospective effect. This recognition will make those enrolled in, or those have graduated from these as-yet-unrecognised training institutions and universities eligible for employment as teachers. “The NCTE (Amendment) Act, 2017 will grant retrospective recognition to the central/state universities that are found to be conducting teacher education courses without NCTE permission,” according to an official release on Wednesday. “The retrospective recognition was being given as a one-time measure to ensure that the future of students who had passed or were currently enrolled was not jeopardised.”
The amendment has been proposed by HRD Ministry’s Department of School Education and Literacy. As per norms, all institutions offering courses such as BEd and D.El.Ed (Diploma in Elementary Education), have to get recognition from the NCTE under Section 14 of the Act.
NCTE Act, 1993, came into force on July 1, 1995 with an objective to provide a planned and coordinated development of the teacher-education system, regulation and ensure proper maintenance of norms and standards in the system.
In order to achieve the objectives of the Act, separate provisions have been made in the Act for recognising teacher education courses and to lay down guidelines for compliance by recognised institutions/universities.