Regulator must adhere to law for recognising B.Ed colleges: SC

"In future no colleges should be granted recognition without fulfilling the mandatory conditions in accordance with the NCTE Act, 1993," a bench comprising Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly said. The NCTE is a regulator body for teacher education system in the country.

The court, which was hearing the issue related to the derecognition of some colleges offering B.Ed course in Madhya Pradesh, asked the Member Secretary, NCTE, to file an affidavit regarding the compliance of the Act of NCTE and the regulation framed subsequently. The court also directed the counsel for Madhya Pradesh to place before it entire list of private and affiliated colleges of seven universities in the state offering the B.Ed course from the academic session 2005-06 to 2008-09.

It said that in this regard, the counsel will have to consult the Secretary, Higher Education of the State, who in turn will get in touch with the Vice Chancellors of the universities. Further, the counsel for Barkatullah University, Bhopal, will also furnish the list of colleges affiliated to it for offering the B.Ed course.

The bench said the counsel for colleges will file written submissions and make available documents relating to affiliation within three days. The apex court was anguished that some colleges were allegedly offering B.Ed courses in Madhya Pradesh in breach of the NCTE Act.

The bench was hearing the appeals filed by the colleges and students against the decision of the Madhya Pradesh High Court cancelling the recognition of some of the colleges. The colleges are seeking directions to seven universities in the state to declare the results of students who were provisionally admitted by them during the academic year 2007-08.

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