Substandard teacher training colleges to be shut down

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  1. The National Council for Teacher Education has begun the process of removing substandard teacher training colleges. This comes in the backdrop of the recommendations made by the Draft National Education Policy, 2019.
  2. The Draft National education Policy had recommended removal of corrupt or substandard ones through mandatory accreditation of all TEIs (Teacher Education Institutions) as multidisciplinary HEIs (Higher Education Institutions). It recommended that teacher education should gradually be moved into multidisciplinary colleges and universities.
  3. The draft had recommended that the existing B.Ed. programme should be replaced by a four-year integrated B.Ed. programme that combines high-quality content, pedagogy, and practical training.
  4. National Council for Teacher Education is a statutory body formed under the National Council for Teacher Education Act, 1993. It acts as an advisory body for the Central and State Governments on all matters pertaining to teacher education. It is under the Ministry of Human Resource Development.