OUT Of the 301 disputed colleges visited by committee members,only 44 met the criteria fixed by the NCTE
A Committe appointed by the Supreme Court has recommended that 249 Diploma in Teachers Education (D TEd) colleges that were opened in the state post 2008 be de-recognised. The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court in 2009 had cancelled the permission given to 291 DTEd institutes in the state.
In 2008,the Maharashtra government had written to the National Council for Teachers Education (NCTE) requesting the body to stop giving permission to new DTEd colleges as there were enough institutes in the state and new institutes would create an army of unemployed primary teachers.
The state government had also filed an affidavit in the High Court asserting the same but the NCTE kept granting new DTEd colleges arguing that it had the powers to do so.
After the state government approached the Bombay High Court,its Nagpur bench had cancelled the permissions given to new 291 DTEd colleges but the latter approached the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the order. The Supreme Court had subsequently formed a committee under the chairmanship of Justice J S Verma to probe the matter.
The committee has now filed its report recommending that 249 colleges be de-recognised by the NCTE.
The committee members visited all the 301 disputed colleges and evaluated them on the fixed criteria set up by the National Council for Teachers Education ,such as availability of land,library,teachers,non-teaching manpower,playground among others.
Of the 301 colleges the committee found that only 44 colleges met the criteria while several others requested they be allowed to voluntarily close down.