Newspaper : Times of India

Date : Apr 24 2016


A high-level committee has recommended overhaul of National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE) and setting up of at least two teacher education universities in each state, besides bringing down the number of programmes for them to three.

The committee’s report has recommended National-level Entrance Examination for Teacher Education (NEETE), to be conducted by NCTE, for admission to teacher education programmes. It is suggested that only candidates with more than 50% marks be considered for admission.

The report said top ranking 2,000 candidates should be given a stipend of Rs 5,000 per month by the central government. Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) conducted by CBSE, the report says, should be enlarged to include Secondary Teacher Eligibility Test (STET).“None of the other regulatory bodies in the country is in such a pathetic condition,“ the report said.

The committee, headed by former NCTE chairperson Mohd Akhtar Siddiqui, has also recommended that regional committees (RCs) be disbanded and converted into Teacher Education Resources Centres (TERCs).Though this report has been silent, previous reports by the HRD ministry have found the RCs to be a hotbed of corruption.

Pointing out that some of the regulations of 2014 are neither pragmatic nor operationally feasible, the committee said considering the paucity of people with Ph D in education, it is not wise to insist on having professors in the faculty.

The panel has also said that nomenclatures of teacher education programmes be reduced to three, namely Diploma in Education (D Ed), Bachelor of Education (B Ed) and Master of Education (M.Ed).

Several specific branches opted by students can be given in parentheses. The report also pointed out that a two-year M Ed course is being resisted.

Therefore, viable option would be to have two-year B Ed and one year M Ed with elongated academic year of 230 working days.

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