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Rashmi Rekha Das

The Odisha Higher Education Department has requested the National Council of Teachers Education (NCTE) to restore the recognition withdrawn from 16 Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs) offering B.Ed, BH.Ed and M.Ed courses in the State.

The recognition of these institutions was withdrawn two years back primarily due to lack of required number of teachers.  

Expressing concern over it, Principal Secretary of Higher Education department Saswat Mishra on Friday wrote to the Chairman of the NCTE.

Mishra informed the NCTE that recruitment of teachers has been started by the Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC). So far, 67 teachers of Geography, Mathematics, Political Science and Botany have already joined TEIs, 36 teachers of History and Economics subjects have been issued appointment orders. Moreover, selection of 45 teachers of English and Chemistry has been completed and appointment of teachers in other subjects will be over soon.

“Odisha is the only state which has only the government Teacher Training Institutions to cater the needs of trained teachers for elementary, secondary and higher secondary stages. Due to withdrawal of recognition from TEIs, it has become impossible to meet the demand of the state for trained teachers”, said Mishra.

He requested NCTE to kindly consider the appeal petitions made by the 16 TEIs for restoration of recognition in their favour for their earlier approved intake strength of B.Ed, BH.Ed and ME.d courses for the 2022-23 academic session.

It is learnt that the NCTE will hear the petitions of the TEIs on July 23 and 24.

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