The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) will now get ‘university’ status announced HRD Minister Kapil Sibal. The status will enable NCERT to address diverse issues and challenges in the education sector and also help its teachers draw professor level salary.
NCERT should be made a ‘Centre of Education’ said the minister.
"I strongly suggest that we should work very hard to ensure that the university status to NCERT is brought about as quickly as possible," he said at a function.
The status will also guide other organisations in this country to take the agenda of NCERT and its regional units forward.
Sibal pointed out that the scholarship amount paid under the prestigious National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) scheme is a "farcical" Rs 500 per month and assured to "raise" the amount. According to officials, the university status will enable NCERT confer BEd, MEd degrees and PhDs through its five regional educational colleges.
Recalling Prime Minister's Independence Day address where he disclosed plans to set up a commission to look at the new vision of education in 21st century, Sibal suggested that NCERT should also be an integral part of such a proposal.
[Source: Economic Times]