The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), which was set in 1961 to assist and advise the Central and State Governments on policies and programmes for qualitative improvement in school education, is now proposed to declare along with its constituent units as an Institution of National Importance (INI). A draft Bill for this purpose has been prepared.
NCERT has consistently played a significant role by providing surveys, research and development inputs in formulating the National Policy on Education (NPE 1968, 1986) and has developed four National Curriculum Frameworks (1975, 1988, 2000 and 2005) followed by preparation of Syllabi, textual materials, supplementary teaching learning materials and innovative training programmes at preservice and in-service levels.
As on today NCERT does not have a degree awarding status and hence it passes its innovative pre-service teacher education programmes in its five Regional Institutes of Education, which are affiliated to the local universities in different regions which approve their courses and provide degree. This makes NCERT dependent on the affiliating universities for approval of its courses, and is, therefore, not in a position to introduce further innovations in content of these courses due to the rigid norms of the affiliating universities.
Realising this difficulty and to overcome, Government has proposed to bring NCERT under legislative framework declaring it as Institution of National Importance, which also enable NCERT to award degrees and diplomas and promote quality in research and training in the field of education. The objective of the Council, proposed are:
to assist and advise the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, in the formulation and implementation of its policies and programmes in the field of education, particularly school education and teacher education
to advise and support the State Governments and other educational organisations and institutions on matters relating to school education
to undertake, promote and coordinate research and development in all branches of education
to develop and organise courses and award degrees, diplomas, certificates in the fields of teacher education and school education
to provide extension services to institutions engaged in educational research, teacher education and school education to establish linkages and network with national and international institutions in the field of education
to act as a clearing-house for ideas and information on all matters relating to school education
Once enacted, NCERT will be able to develop and organise courses, including innovative courses, for pre-service teacher education, leading to graduate and post-graduate degrees, doctoral, postdoctoral and other academic distinctions in all branches of education.
Another important feature of the proposed legislation is that NCERT will be able to acquire patent or licence relating to invention and improvement in education and also to undertake and provide consultancy in all branches of education.
As part of Pre-Legislative Consultation Policy (PLCP), the draft Bill has been placed on the website of MHRD for the information of the public and will be taken into consideration on or after the expiry of thirty days from the date of this Notification.
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