In a major move, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said the ministry has granted retrospective recognition to teacher education courses conducted without approval from the National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE).
The new move will provide relief to over 13,000 students and 17,000 in-service teachers.
Pokhriyal said “We have brought out gazette notification to regularize retrospectively certain teacher education programmes being conducted by some central and state government institutions. These programmes were being conducted without any formal recognition from NCTE.”
“It was brought to my notice that some of the institutions had inadvertently admitted students in teacher education courses which were not recognized by NCTE.” it added.
The ministry clarified that amendment only allows retrospective recognition up to academic session 2017-2018, thereby only regularizing the qualifications acquired by students in the past.
NCTE legally grants formal recognition to academic institutions for conducting any of the recognized courses meant for pre-service teacher education. It is only after qualifying any of these NCTE recognized courses that a person becomes legally eligible for appointment as a school teacher.