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Centre Amends Law for Unrecognized Teacher Training Institutes

The Centre, as a one-time measure, has decided to amend a law to recognize those teacher training courses which are running without the permission of the government.

An amendment to the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) Act, 1993, was decided to be introduced on Wednesday by the Union Cabinet in the Parliament to grant them recognition with retrospective effect.

This amendment will enable recognition to those teachers enrolled in, or those having graduated from these yet- unrecognized training universities and institutions eligible to be employed as teachers.

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

The HRD ministry’s Department of School Education and Literacy proposed the amendment. Normally, the NCTE gives recognition to all institutions offering courses such as B.Ed. and D.El.Ed under Section 14 of the Act.

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