The Madras High Court on Wednesday restrained the National Council for Teacher Education from initiating any withdrawal of recognition process against self-financing teacher education institutions for non-compliance of its new norms issued in 2009.

Interim injunction

Justice K.Venkatraman admitted and granted the interim injunction on petitions filed by the Tamil Nadu Self-financing Colleges of Education Management Association and the Self-Financing Private Teacher Training Institutes Association.

The new norms, which came into force in August 2009, had considerably revised or modified requirements of staff qualification, land and buildings.

Advocate R. Suresh Kumar submitted that the stringent norms could not be fulfilled within a span of few months or weeks as the institutions cannot expand their land or building suddenly.

Dearth of staff

Likewise, as there was a dearth of teaching staff with Ph. D qualification, institutions functioning in the State, including the petitioner institutions, could not have lecturers/heads/ principals with Ph.D qualification.

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