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Medical, agri-education kept outside NCHER ambit

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In a bid to avoid a turf war, the HRD ministry has decided to keep agriculture and medical education outside the scope of the proposed  National Commission for Higher Education and Research (NCHER). On Monday, the Central Advisory Board of Education (Cabe) approved the proposal for NCHER. It also approved the setting up of a collegium of eminent academics and experts under NCHER to suggest candidates for the post of vice-chancellor of universities and other top academic and research posts.

While agriculture is a state subject, the ministry of health had expressed its reservations about subsuming of the Medical Council of India into the overarching regulatory body for higher education to the Cabinet Secretary. The health ministry’s objections got stronger after President Pratibha Patil announced that a National Council for Human Resources in Health would be set up as an overarching regulatory body for the health sector to reform the current regulatory framework and enhance supply of skilled personnel. With the six medical councils out of the purview of the proposed body, NCHER will now incorporate regulatory bodies like AICTE, NCTE, UGC and Distance Education Council into its fold.

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Claiming the right to ask wrong questions

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How about getting a duplicate marksheet with the help of Right To Information (RTI) Act Or putting the Act to seek verification of National Council of Teacher’s Education (NCTE) information to be true. Or for that matter seeking the evaluated answer sheets from home University.

The above-mentioned cases are the kind of queries that Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj University comes across daily, with such applications seeking information through the RTI Act, 2005.

Meant for seeking information through a proper channel, the RTI Act is being used by the applicants to seek any and every information from the home university.

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Towards quality teacher education

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To improve the teacher education system in the country, National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), which sets norms and standards for quality teacher education and ensure planned and coordinated development of teacher education, is conducting a nationwide study on the demand and supply of teachers and teacher educators at the school level, for the years 2007-08 to 2016-17. Also, to upgrade the BEd curriculum and other teacher-training programmes, a revised National Curriculum Framework for Teacher Education (NCFTE) in synchronisation with the NCF 2005 is being finalised by the NCTE.

Mohd Akhtar Siddiqui, chairperson, NCTE, said: “Though NCTE was formed in 1973 and given a statutory status in 1993, there was no groundwork done to identify the demand of teachers in the country. Only once we have the data, can we address the problem of shortage of teachers.” The study, which started last year, is being conducted in all states and UTs and scheduled to be completed in a few months. The trends, as reflected in the study, already indicate over supply of teachers in several states and under supply in eastern states. Steps are being taken to correct this unbalanced growth.

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