New Delhi, May 14: Students pursuing integrated teachers training degree courses at the Central University of Bihar (CUB) are facing an uncertain future with the national regulatory agency for teachers’ education threatening that their degrees will not be recognised for employment.
The public notice issued by National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) on April 16 has raised a question mark on the career of 60 students who took admission for the integrated BA-BEd and BSc-BEd courses last year.
The controversial order has raised questions about the autonomy and independence of universities to start courses which they are entitled to under their respective laws.
The NCTE has maintained that the courses are being offered without its recognition. It has quoted provisions of the NCTE Act to suggest that all courses on teacher education must get its recognition. The body has also advised the university to stop admitting more students.
The university has contested the contention of NCTE by citing provisions of the Central Universities Act, 2009, which enables the university to devise its courses.
“It is to bring to the notice of the general public that Central University of Bihar has not been granted recognition for any teacher education course by the competent authority, i.e. Eastern Regional Committee, NCTE, Bhubaneswar,” the notice said.
“It may be noted by the concerned students and public that the degrees of the students obtained for these courses from the said university are not recognised by NCTE and will be treated as invalid for employment purposes as per Section 17(4) of the NCTE Act 1993,” said the notice issued by member-secretary R. Jaya.
CUB started both courses in 2013 after approval of its academic council.
Former CUB vice-chancellor Janak Pandey, under whose tenure the courses were started, told The Telegraph that central universities need not take recognition of NCTE for these courses.
“The Central Universities and IITs do not and should not seek permission of regulatory bodies to start any course,” Pandey said.