National council to start grading teacher education institutes

National council to start grading teacher education institutes

National council to start grading teacher education institutes
The Centre will soon start a nationwide exercise for accreditation and ranking of teacher education institutes (TEIs) under a new framework. While the Quality Council of India (QCI) will conduct the quality assessment of the institutes, the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) will assign them grades.

The NCTE will further carry out a comparative analysis of the data collected during the accreditation exercise and award ranks to the institutions. It will announce the all-India ranking of the TEIs for the first time next year. A tentative date to release a list of top 100 TEIs in the country for the first time has been fixed for March 31, 2018.

The move comes after the NCTE recently notified a list of 11,474 TEIs, suggesting students take admission in these institutions only. It has shortlisted these institutions from 23,219 TEIs operating in different parts of the country.

“With a view to weeding out fraudulent BEd colleges, the NCTE has notified a list of such colleges as are recognised for conducting BEd courses,” Anil Swarup, secretary, HRD ministry’s school education department, recently tweeted.

Under the new framework, all recognised TEIs are required to conduct a self-evaluation of their quality and standards under four main sections - physical assets, academic assets, learning outcomes and teaching-learning quality.

The NCTE is in the process of rolling out a new web portal, ‘TeachR’, where all the data, including self-evaluation of the TEIs, will be uploaded. Once uploaded, the desktop assessment (DA) teams to be set up here will go through all the sections to verify the claims of the TEIs.

Meanwhile, a proctored test will be conducted over a period of five to 10 days at centres located across the country. “These tests will examine the student teacher for attitude, skill and knowledge. A statistically significant sample of student teachers in a TEI will be selected and asked to take part in one of these proctored tests,” an official said.
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