The government of India and the National Knowledge Commission is right on the way to make India as the knowledge capital of the world. India, country with 1.1 billion people, has not produced better education system in India after Independence till yet. Now, the government, working on the recommendations of the NKC, has started chopping the institutions those have been proved as waste of resources.
In a similar act, the government has finally decided to close down the National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE) for permitting second-rate educational institutions to come up in various parts of the country. The NCTE was in charge of 7,000 teacher-training institutions.
The government has decided to close several technical institutions that have grown up on high rate in last 10-15 years. The various teacher-training institutions may face the similar fate because these institutions mostly lack needed infrastructure or any kind of educational competency.
The NCTE was responsible to monitors teacher training institutions and it has failed to complete its work. The NCTE, which was set up as a statutory body through an act in 1993, was responsible to upgrade teachers’ education to the level of professional standards. Now, the teacher training institutions will ask central, state and deemed universities for affiliation.
According to human resource development ministry, the government may turn its gun to the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) for similar cause. The National Knowledge Commission has recommended that either the powers of UGC and AICTE should be curtailed or should be taken back.
Earlier, a committee headed by former HRD secretary Sudeep Bannerjee has stated in a report that the NCTE is fully responsible for allowing low graded teacher training institutions to come up that resulted in degraded education system in schools. The committee has charged the NCTE to act with regional biasness.
However, some experts said that the government should take steps to revamp the council instead of winding it up. But, they accepted that the NCTE has been lost the credibility in education system.