NCTE restrained from withdrawing recognition

Staff Reporter

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

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 that came into force in August 2009 had considerably revised or modified requirements of staff qualification, land and buildings. The land requirement, which was earlier 2,500 sq. m. for B.Ed and 1,500 for D.T.Ed, has been revised as 2,500 sq. m. separately. Qualification of teaching staff for M.Ed course under the new regulations is a Masters degree with an M.Ed with 55 per cent or M.A. (education) with 55 per cent with Ph.D in education and 12 years teaching experience. Under the old norms, it was only eight years experience and Ph.D in any subject.

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

Likewise, as there was a dearth of teaching staff with Ph.D qualification and therefore all institutions functioning in the State, including the petitioner institutions, cannot have heads with Ph.Ds, the same would be an impossible one.