• The Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed the National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill, 2019 that seeks to retrospectively grant recognition to certain institutions running teacher education courses as well as grant retrospective permission to start new courses.
• The Bill amends the National Council for Teacher Education Act, 1993.
Background of this bill
• The Bill grants retrospective recognition to institutions which offered teacher education courses after the establishment of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) until the academic year 2017-18.
• The Bill also seeks to grant retrospective permission to start a new course or training in teacher education to institutions which satisfy certain conditions and which have offered teacher education courses after the establishment of the NCTE until the academic year 2017-2018.
• In his reply, Human Resources Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said that granting retrospective permission was necessary as the fate of thousands of students who completed courses from unrecognized institutes would be in jeopardy as their degrees would not be recognized anywhere.
National Council for Teacher Education Act, 1993
• The act came into force on July 1, 1995
• It is applicable in the entire country except for Jammu and Kashmir.
• It establishes the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE).
• The act allows government organisations to plan and coordinate the development.
of the teacher education system throughout the country.
• This also takes care of the maintenance of norms and standards in the teacher education system.
• Moreover, it talks about recognising teacher education courses and to lay down guidelines for compliance by recognised Institutions/Universities.
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Prelims level: National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill
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