Published On: Mon, Aug 1st, 2011

No new teacher training colleges till 2013 in Maharashtra: NCTE

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The National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) has decided to stop giving recognition to any new teacher training colleges in Maharashtra till 2013. NCTE has blamed skewed demand-supply ratio as the reason behind the decision.

In Maharashtra, the NCTE has decided not to recognize new colleges offering B Ed., M Ed., BP Ed (Bachelor in physical education) and DElEd (Dip in elementary education) courses. Maharashtra is one of the 15 states where the NCTE has decided to clamp down on the ever-increasing teacher training colleges as a temporary measure to balance out the overall demand-supply scenario.

The apex teacher education regulating body has issued a notice in this regard which states with a ‘view to achieve planned and coordinated development of the teacher education system and in order to regulate the growth of teacher education at all levels, NCTE, on the basis of state-wise study conducted on ‘demand and supply’ of teachers and also in consultation with the state governments/Union Territories, has decided not to accept applications for recognition of teacher training courses, including additional intake or increase in seats to the existing recognized courses for the academic session 2012-13.’

Many of the teacher training institutes in the state have failed to fill the seats and many are struggling to do so.

The NCTE decision does not apply to colleges which have been established as a minority education institute under Article 30 of the constitution. No specific reason has been provided for the exemption, a source in its Bhopal office said there are ‘technical and legal issues involved as minority colleges have certain constitutional privileges.’

However, a senior educationist expressed that such a decision will not be of any use until it is applied for a longer duration, “The decision is good as it will stop fly-by-night operators who dupe students. Many colleges are now registered with minority status or are applying for one since it allows them to directly recruit staff till the management level. With them being out of the ambit, this ban needs to be in place for at least five years if we have to see any visible balance in the demand-supply situation.”

[Source: Times of India]