New Delhi: During the commemoration of the 63rd foundation day of National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan announced that the organisation has been granted the honourable status of a deemed university.
NCERT, established in 1961 under the Society Act, has been dedicated to providing valuable assistance and advice related to school education to the government. The newly acquired status is a significant milestone in the journey towards educational excellence for NCERT.
When an institution receives the designation of ‘Deemed-to-be-university’ by the Central government, following the guidance of the University Grants Commission (UGC), they not only gain academic recognition, but also the benefits and privileges that are associated with traditional universities.
This new status of NCERT gives the institution the authority to confer its own graduate, post-graduate and doctorate degrees, and enables it to expand its influence in the educational framework of India.
Pradhan has also called for the integration of Ban Bhavan and Ban Vatika into NCERT, to foster a comprehensive educational approach. This is a visionary move that aligns with the evolving needs of the educational sector.
In fact, the evolution already saw its inception during the event with the inauguration of three state-of-the-art laboratories, including one dedicated to virtual reality education and another that is focused on teacher training.
Drawing analogy between the Chandrayaan-3 mission and the National Education Policy (NEP), Pradhan expressed his belief that the government’s unwavering commitment to enhancing the educational system of India makes the upcoming success of NEP like the ISRO project. He has no doubt that the NEP will become a major force contributing to the nation’s development, and influence innovation.