The NCTE (National Council for Teacher Education Act) 1993 is all set to be amended. The act came into force on 1st July 1995.
According to an official statement released by the Union MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development), the primary objective of the NCTE Act is "to achieve planned and coordinated development of the teacher education system in the country and ensure proper maintenance of norms and standards in the said system"
Some provisions of this act would be amended to ensure its strengthening. A number of these amendments have been taken from the recommendations made by the Justice Verma committee which was set up to examine the importance of teacher in the field of education.
Some of the proposed amendments include an increased tenure of chairperson and the vice president from the existing 4 year period to 5 years along with increasing their upper age for appointment to 65 years from the existing 60 years. As a part of other amendments, it was proposed to enable inspection of the institutions, empower the council to issue directions to the regional committees on matters of policy and for effective implementation of the Act among other things.
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