After the constant revisiting and re-evaluation of the school curriculum, now the focus has been put on the programmes that supply the teachers to deliver on that curriculum. The latest mandate of the Centre, regarding this, is to a non-profit autonomous organization – Quality Council of India (QCI), a product of the initiatives of the Government of India and the Indian industry, and is with the aim of looking after the quality standards in various spheres.
The QCI has been asked to carry out the assessment and accreditation process for various diploma and certificate programmes in Teacher Education. All the institutes in the country, may they be public or private, will be under the scrutinizing eye of the QCI with the aim to ensure that these programmes are such that they are promising enough to produce good teachers for the young ones of the nation.
The most potent reason behind this move is to improve the standards of the pre-school and elementary education in the country, which of late have been reported to be dissatisfactory and in a negative light. The new stand thus is not only a strong step but also a crucial one considering that the elementary level forms the basis of all further studies.
With the mission to “revitalize” pre-school and elementary education, the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) in its turn has made it compulsory for all institutes offering various Teacher Education programmes to undergo an accreditation process in keeping with the 2014 NCTE regulations. It has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the QCI to put this plan into effect.
As per the MoU between the NCTE and the QCI, the QCI will take care of the assessment and accreditation of several teacher education programmes such as Diploma in Pre-School Education (DPSE), Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed.), Diploma in Physical Education (D.P.Ed.), Diploma in Art Education (Visual Arts) and Diploma in Art Education (Performing Arts).
The NCTE also has a MoU with the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), an autonomous organization that was set up by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of the Government of India. The NAAC is entrusted with the task of assessing institutes of higher education and thus, as per the MoU, it undertakes quality assessment and certification of various degree level programmes that are offered by the Teacher Education institutes, such as B.Ed., M.Ed., B.P.Ed., and M.P.Ed.