Saturday, July 09, 2011

National Council for Teacher Education superseded

The Centre has superseded the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) for six months and its functions have been taken over by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). A notification to this effect was issued by the Ministry on Thursday under sub-section (1) of Section 30 of the NCTE Act, 1993. The NCTE is a statutory body set up to regulate development of the teacher education system.

The supersession follows a June 2 show-cause issued to the NCTE following several complaints expressing dissatisfaction over its functioning. In its response, the NCTE admitted that “there have been gross procedural agenda in the processing of cases in terms of non-preparation of comprehensive agenda, intimation of deficiencies in the proposal to the institutions within a specified time frame and lack of supervision and monitoring.”

The NCTE, however, appealed to the Ministry to reconsider its move as the council had not totally failed to perform its functions and there was no wilful non-compliance with the Centre's directions. But the Ministry concluded that the NCTE was “unable to perform its functions properly, had persistently defaulted on the performance of the duties imposed on it by the Act and has, wilfully and without sufficient cause, failed to comply with the directions of the Centre”.

The show-cause expressed grave concern over the working the NCTE as well as its regional committees. The Centre took note of a review committee report, which pointed out major infirmities and defects in the decision-making process of the Northern Regional Council and lack of monitoring and supervision of the functioning of the NRC and the NCTE.

A writ petition filed by SASTRA University, Thanjavur, in the Madras High Court for a direction to the Centre to supersede the NCTE and allow universities to conduct teacher education programmes of their own without seeking NCTE approval is pending adjudication.

Source: The Hindu, July 9, 2011
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