NCERT, an academic body that advises the Indian government on school education, has applied to the University Grants Commission (UGC) to be classified as a “deemed university.”
The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is hoping to be officially recognized as a university. This would give the organization more credibility and authority when it comes to educational matters. However, the government has not yet made a decision on the matter. The NCERT is an important institute for educational research and training, and we hope that the government will soon give it the recognition it deserves.
NCERT, an organization that provides academic advising to the government on matters of school education, has applied to the University Grants Commission (UGC) to be classified as a “deemed university.” The matter will be discussed at a meeting of the Executive Committee on Monday.
The EC is the highest decision-making body of NCERT and is chaired by the Education Minister. The proposal to make NCERT a deemed university, however, has elicited opposition from within the organization, with a faculty member writing to the director against it. Assistant Professor Abhay Kumar, who is also an elected member of NCERT’s establishment committee, has opposed the idea on the ground that the “deemed university” status will erode NCERT’s autonomy.
“By deciding to grant ‘Deemed to be University’ status to NCERT, we would simply be giving up our academic freedom to the UGC,” he wrote in his letter to the director. “Just as the UGC is the academic authority for higher education, NCERT is the academic authority for school education. Deemed to be University status would severely undermine this authority,” Assistant Professor Abhay Kumar said.