National Council for Teacher Education, NCTE has ordered the 1000 teacher education institutions, TEIs to close operations following their failure to submit affidavits as required. Another 3000 TEIs are being scanned by the NCTE for the courses being offered, reported TOI. Reason has been the inability to provide data pertaining to their operations.
NCTE has withdrawn the recognition of about 1000 TEIs after they failed to file an affidavit as required regarding their operations. With the failure to comply in spite of repeated reminders, the NCTE took action to shut them down and have ordered the operations to be closed with immediate effect. TOI also reports that a senior official at the Ministry of Human Resource Development, MHRD has confirmed that another 3000 institutes that offer the bachelor in Education, B.Ed and Diploma in Education, D.Ed courses would also be given the notices to close operations by March 2018.
It was reported that the TEIs that run under the NCTE which is an autonomous regulatory authority are using the operations to convert black money into legal cash by means of these institutes. TEIs are marked as not for profit category. 16,000 TEIs registered with the NCTE were asked to disclose the date regarding their operations. A total of only 7,000 submitted the date by the stipulated date of December 31, 2016. Following that, NCTE extended the deadline to July 31, 2017. Many failed to comply.
An inquiry that was then initiated could not substantiate the claims of 4000 institutes in the category. Taking a stern action, the NCTE then ordered 1000 of these institutes to close operations. The remaining, it was confirmed, would be issued the notices by March. An official told TOI, "The whole exercise is to integrate the databases we have and make it transparent so that when the institutions come for recognition and accreditation, we can easily validate the claims during the inspection. However, despite repeated reminders and extensions, many institutions didn't disclose their details."
Bringing the institutes under the framework for accreditation finalised by NCTE, a platform of TeachR was launched. The process started with the state of Bihar and then was extended to all the TEI's registered. NCTE official has shared that these institutes are carrying dubious operations while masquerading as not for profit institutes. As such, their operations have to be closed.