Published On: Mon, Jul 11th, 2011

MHRD takes over National Council for Teacher Education

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The Human Resource Development Ministry has superseded the National Council for Teacher Education for six months through a gazette notification. The move comes after the council was recently issued a show cause notice regarding the large scale irregularities in the grant of recognition to teacher training institutes.

The government has appointed Anshu Vaish, secretary, school education and literacy, as chairperson of NCTE and RP Sisodia, joint secretary, department of higher education, as member-secretary. All NCTE members were asked to vacate their office. Chairperson MA Siddiqui, whose removal was earlier ordered by the HRD minister, has already gone to the Delhi High Court.

All powers and duties of the NCTE would now be carried out by officials appointed by the HRD ministry.

As per the gazette notification, the council has “consistently defaulted” in its duties and did not comply with directions issued by the HRD ministry.

In its reply, NCTE admitted “there have been gross procedural lapses in processing of cases (for recognition) in terms of non-preparation of comprehensive agenda, intimation of deficiencies on the proposals to institutions within specified time frame and lack of supervision and monitoring.” NCTE asked HRD to reconsider the move to supersede it and also said non-compliance of the government’s direction was not “willful”.

According to the sources, the ministry was miffed after the council’s western regional committee gave recognition 291 teacher training institutions despite protest by the Maharashtra government. The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court had quashed the recognition given to these institutions and said it was a breach of government directive.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has set up a committee headed by former chief justice JS Varma to look into various issues relating to teacher education in the country as well the Maharashtra case of granting recognition to 291 teacher training institutes.

[Source: Times of India]