Three former chairpersons and two vice-chairpersons of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) have formally approached HRD Minister Smriti Irani to make a request from her for immediately intervene and halt the implementation of the proposed changes in NCTE regulations.
On 9 June, former chairpersons J S Rajput, S K Thakur and Shardendu, and former vice-chairpersons B K Passi and SVS Chaudhuri had written to Irani that skim in teacher education commenced with the formation of new structure of the NCTE council.
According to what the Chairperson mentioned in their letter to HRD Ministry, they are against the nomination of non-official members in the council as per them it was against the letter and spirit of NCTE Act. Further, it contained that the credentials of many non-official members were unfit if gone by the definition of the constituencies they are hired to represent.
Hey added that majority of the non-official members were not trained teacher educators. In addition, there was uneven representation from JNU and University of Delhi.
They even mentioned that some non-official members had a "certain ideological orientation".
The petitioners fear that the new council will bring in major revisions in the regulations of NCTE and will also get rid of the compulsory requirement of masters and bachelor for teacher educators of which the petitioners are against, said Rajput.
It was allegedly claimed by Rajput and the other petitioners that the revision in regulations was being pushed under the excuse of having to obey the order ruled by the Apex Court.