Lok Sabha passes National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017

Lok Sabha has passed National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017 to provide post-facto approval to those approved institutions which are funded by Centre or states, but do not have recognition. The Bill amends National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) Act, 1993.

Key Features of Bill

Retrospective recognition of certain teacher education institutions:  The Bill seeks to grant retrospective recognition to institutions that have been notified by central government, funded by Central Government or State/UT government and but do not have recognition under the parent Act. Besides, these institutions must have offered teacher education courses on or after establishment of NCTE until academic year 2017-2018.

Retrospective permission to start new courses:  The Bill grants retrospective permission these institutions to start new course or training in teacher education to institutions.

National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE)

It is statutory body of Central Government set up under NCTE Act, 1993 in 1995 to formally oversee standards, procedures and processes in Indian education system. NCTE plans and co-ordinates the development of teacher education system throughout the country (for both central as well as state governments). It also ensures the maintenance of norms and standards in the teacher education system. Its headquarters are in New Delhi.

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