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Union HRD Minister Announces Retrospective Approval Of Teacher Education Courses Administered By The Central And State Government

Union HRD Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ announced today that MHRD has issued two Gazette Notifications dated 12 May 2020 to regularize, retrospectively, certain Teacher Education Programs conducted by some central and state government institutions. These programs were carried out without any formal recognition by the National Teacher Education Council (NCTE). The Minister said that the decision was made in the interests of students who are likely to suffer from it.

To know- NCTE offers formal acknowledgment for the delivery of any course NCTE approved for pre-service teacher training by academic institutions. It is not until an individual is eligible for a scholastic appointment in India that any of these recognized NCTE courses is available.
MHRD was told of the unadulterated admission of students to teacher training by some of the Central and State Govt institutions that had not been approved by NCTE. The qualifications earned by these students for work as school teachers in India were therefore not valid.

Retrospective course recognition:- The MHRD began an amendment to the NCTE Act of 1993 to allow these classes to be recognized in retrospective. After ratification by both Houses of Parliament on 11 January 2019, the amendment was notified.

In particular, this change only allows the recognition of qualifications acquired by students retrospectively up to the 2017-2018 academic sessions. It does not recommend that institutions be allowed to administer uncertain courses for ex-de facto regularization in future and subsequently.

There are around 13,000 students and about 17,000 in-service teachers in all 23 institutions of the Central and State Govt.

The qualifications acquired by the affected students and teachers are now legally validated as a result of these notifications.

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