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Parliament passes National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill, 2018

The bill aims to grant retrospective recognition to Central and State institutions which had conducted teacher education courses without approval by the Council. This will ensure that the future of about 17 thousand students having degrees from such institutions is secured.

Jan 4, 2019 09:39 IST
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The Indian Parliament on January 3, 2019 passed the National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill, 2018, following the approval of the Rajya Sabha.

The Lok Sabha had already passed the Bill on July 23, 2018. The Bill seeks to amend the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) Act, 1993.

The Bill was introduced by the Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar in Lok Sabha on December 18, 2017.

Significance

The bill aims to grant retrospective recognition to Central and State institutions which had conducted teacher education courses without approval by the Council. This will ensure that the future of about 17 thousand students having degrees from such institutions is secured.

All institutions running teacher education courses, such as B.Ed, have to obtain recognition from the Council.

Around 23 State and Central universities and colleges offering B.Ed courses were found not recognised by the Council.

Retrospective recognition of certain teacher education institutions

The Bill seeks to grant retrospective recognition to these institutions:

Institutions notified by the central government

Institutions funded by the central government or state/union territory government

Institutions which do not have recognition under the Act

Institutions which must have offered teacher education courses on or after the establishment of the NCTE until the academic year 2017-2018

Retrospective permission to start new courses


The Bill also seeks to grant retrospective permission to start a new course or training in teacher education to these institutions:

Institutions notified by the central government

Institutions funded by the central government or state/union territory government

Institutions which have satisfied certain conditions required for the conduct of a new course or training in teacher education

Institutions which must have offered teacher education courses on or after the establishment of the NCTE until the academic year 2017-2018.

National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) Act, 1993

• The NCTE Act, 1993 came into force on 1 July 1995 and is applicable throughout the country, except the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

• The Act establishes the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE). 

• The NCTE plans and co-ordinates the development of the teacher education system throughout the country. 

• It also ensures the maintenance of norms and standards in the teacher education 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.

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