The HRD ministry is considering a demand of the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for granting it ‘Institute of National Importance’ status so that it can confer degrees and start a range of courses on teaching.
Speaking at the the 56th Foundation Day of the organisation, where Minister of State for HRD Upendra Kushwaha was present, NCERT Director Hrushikesh Senapaty said that “its regional institute were affiliated to different state universities which created difficulties.”
Citing an instance, he said that one of the regional institutes under NCERT could not introduce semester system because it was not in line with the norms of the University it was affiliated to.
Senapaty said that NCERT has recently sent a proposal to the HRD ministry seeking granting of Institution of National Importance status so that it can confer degrees and start a range of innovative courses.
Speaking after Senapaty, Kushwaha promised that the HRD ministry would look into the issue of providing degree granting powers and try to resolve the problems.
Premiere institutes like IITs and IISc etc have been granted ‘Institute of National Importance’ status by Acts of Parliament which allows them to confer degrees.
The NCERT chief also sought that there should be one Regional Institute of Education in every state to meet the needs of quality in teachers’ training.
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