Govt grants retrospective recognition to teacher edu programmes run without approval from NCTE

Govt grants retrospective recognition to teacher edu programmes run without approval from NCTE

EDUCATION | MAY 15, 2020:

Human Resources Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank today announced that his Ministry has brought out two Gazette Notifications to regularize retrospectively certain Teacher Education Programmes being conducted by some Central and State Government Institutions.

These programmes were being conducted without any formal recognition from National Council for Teacher Education, NCTE. The Minister said that the decision was taken in the interest of students who were likely to suffer in this.

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NCTE legally grants formal recognition to academic institutions for conducting any of the NCTE recognized courses meant for pre-service teacher education. It is only after qualifying any of these NCTE recognized courses that a person becomes legally eligible for appointment as a school teacher in India.

It was brought to the notice of Ministry of Human Resources Development that some of the Central and State Govt institutions had inadvertently admitted students in teacher education courses which were not recognized by NCTE. This rendered invalid the qualification acquired by these students for the purposes of employment as school teachers in India.

An amendment to the NCTE Act, 1993 was initiated by Ministry to enable retrospective recognition to such courses. The amendment was notified on 11th January 2019, after being passed by both Houses of Parliament.

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Notably this amendment only allows retrospective recognition up to Academic Session 2017-2018, thereby only regularizing the qualifications acquired by students in the past. It does not propose to leave it open for institutions to run unrecognized courses in future and thereafter approach for ex-post facto regularization.

Total 23 institutions of the Central and State Govt have benefitted involving about 13000 students and around 17000 in-service teachers.

As a result of these notifications the qualifications acquired by affected students and in-service teachers, now stands legally validated.

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