The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved introduction of a Bill in Parliament to amend the National Council for Teacher Education Act, 1993. This amendment bill, named National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Act, 2017, will grant retrospective recognition to the Central and State universities who were conducting teacher education courses without the approval of the NCTE.

This move will ensure that the students who passed out will not face difficulty while applying for jobs. The amendment will make the students studying in these institutions or universities, or those who have already passed out to be eligible for employment as a teacher, the report said. And it was with this motive, the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development brought about this amendment.

The non-recognised institutions/universities running Teacher Education courses, B.Ed. and D.El.Ed must obtain recognition from the NCTE under section 14 of the NCTE Act. Further the courses of such recognised institutions and universities have to be permitted under section 15 of the NCTE Act, the report claimed.
The NCTE reportedly wrote to all Central and State Universities along with District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) regarding the legal provisions making it mandatory to seek prior permission ahead of starting any Teacher Education Courses. It also provided such institutions time till March 31, 2018, for a one-time resolution of past issues, to inform the Council if any such Institution or University is operating without the NCTE’s permission.