NCTE meet to chalk out action on DEd colleges flouting norms

The J S Verma Commission had after inspecting 291 DEd colleges disqualified 249 due to non-adherence to norms and standards prescribed for recognition of colleges

Almost four months after the Justice JS Verma Commission on Teacher Education found 249 Diploma in Education (DEd) programmes in the state not adhering to NCTE guidelines, the western region committee of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) is finally meeting to decide on further course of action.

"The meeting by WRC of NCTE will review the report and decide action to be taken against erring colleges, and whether they should be de-recognised or not," said NK Jarag, Director, State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT).

The JS Verma Commission constituted by Supreme court last year, had after inspecting 291 DEd colleges disqualified 249 due to non-adherence to norms and standards prescribed for recognition of colleges. These include availability of land, infrastructure and instructional facilities.

The SCERT had inspected 754 of the 1,045 DEd colleges in the state from January 7 to January 11. These 754 colleges exclude the 291 inspected by Justice Verma Commission.

"A meeting will be held later this week to review the report and send showcause notice to colleges found not adhering to NCTE guidelines," said NK Jarag.

A 14-day time period will be given to erring colleges to fall in line with NCTE norms. "Another round of inspections will be done to check if the colleges are still flouting any norms. Once that is done, a committee comprising members of Justice Verma commission, SCERT and NCTE will review data collected. The final report will be submitted to NCTE and the state government by February end." said Jarag.

Refusing to reveal further details, Jarag said, "The inspection committee has definitely found faults but the names of the colleges will be revealed only after this week's meeting."

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