Bihar varsity teachers course invalid for job: NCTE

May 17, 2014

New Delhi : Uncertainty looms large over the fate of more than 100 students at the Central University of Bihar pursuing the graduation-cum-BEd course, as their degree has been declared “invalid for employment” in government institutions by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE).

In a recent letter to the varsity registrar M Nehal, the council member secretary R Jaya asked him to stop admitting students to the courses, even as a total of 60 students have already completed one year of the degree programme and the process is on to start a fresh batch with 60 new students from this academic year.

The council objection to the varsity programmes has led to a row. The varsity claims that the NCTE had no powers to “derecognise” its 4-year integrated dual degree programme—BA BEd and BSc BEd–introduced in 2013-14 academic session.

The council, however, argues that it was mandatory for the varsity to seek its approval before rolling out the programme. The letter also stated that the degree will be treated as “invalid for employment” in institutions aided by the Centre or state governments.

“Hence, you are hereby advised to stop admitting students,” the official said.

The Central University of Bihar introduced the two courses and admitted students from the 2013-2014 academic sessions, after the Human Resource Development Ministry suggested all the varsities to launch such programmes to generate quality teachers.

“It is within the powers of the varsity to run such programmes. The NCTE cannot derecognise our courses. IITs and IIMs do not seeks permission of AICTE to start a new programme,” a senior official of the varsity told Deccan Herald. To resolve the issue, however, the varsity submitted an application with the Eastern Regional Committee of the NCTE in February this year seeking its prior approval.

“We submitted the application for approval of the courses following an advice by the ministry. But, it is still pending with the NCTE,” the official said.

Sources in the NCTE said a committee has been set up to examine the case. “Section 14 and 15 of the NCTE Act empowers the regional committees of NCTE to grant permission to any institution or university intending to offer teacher education courses, or refuse recognition,” council sources said, rejecting the varsity’s arguments. source:Deccan herald

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