Cabinet clears introduction of Bill to amend NCTE Act in Parl

RSTV Bureau

The Union Cabinet approved the introduction of a Bill in Parliament for granting recognition with retrospective effect, as a one-time measure, to central and state institutions running teacher training courses without permission.

Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar

Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar

The Bill is for amending the National Council for Teacher Education Act, 1993 (NCTE) which will make students, who are studying or those who have passed out from these institutions and universities which have not been recognized, 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,” an official release said.

“The retrospective recognition was being given as a one- time measure to ensure that the future of the students who had passed out or were currently enrolled was not jeopardised,” it added.

The amendment has been proposed by HRD Ministry’s Department of School Education and Literacy.

As per norms, all institutions running courses such as B.Ed. and D.El.Ed, have to obtain recognition from the NCTE under Section 14 of the Act.

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

The main objective of the Act Is to provide for the establishment of a NCTE to achieve planned and coordinated development of the teacher education system, regulation and ensure proper maintenance of norms and standards in the said 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 recognized Institutions/Universities.