The government will reserve faculty positions for SC, ST and OBC candidates in colleges, universities and teaching institutes across the country.
A notification to this effect has been released by the National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE), the apex regulator for pre-service and in-service teachers in the country [reference copy]. There are over 12,000 teacher training institutes in the country offering programmes, including BEd and MEd.
According to sources, although NCTE regulations, 2009, had a section on reservation, the 2014 regulations did not evidently define these.
The regulator, through the notification released on June 12, amended its 2014 regulations. “A clause has been inserted in the norms related to appointment of teachers in teacher education institutions to specify the existing reservation policy for Scheduled caste and Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward classes,” a senior official said.
In addition to this, a National Eligibility Test (NET) qualification released by the UGC is now mandatory for a job in BEd colleges. A teacher education qualification such as bachelor of education is required for teaching in a school in the country. Faculty appointments in teacher education colleges will henceforth be left with no option but to implement the government’s policy on reservation.
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