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The Association of Maharashtra Unaided B.Ed College Managements has approached the Bombay high court, challenging the norms set by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) and the state government for the bachelor of education (B.Ed) programme. The association has urged the court to direct these authorities to implement the Supreme Court directives that enable private institutions to decide the eligibility criteria for the common entrance test for B Ed admissions. The association has sought to quash the NCTE norm of 50% marks as the eligibility criteria for CET for admission to B.Ed institutions, association’s lawyer Anandsing Bayas said. The hearing on the petition has been scheduled for July 25, he added.
The petition was filed by association secretary Shaikh Ramzan.The petitioner has cited the Supreme Court judgment in the case TMA Pai Foundation v/s the State of Karnataka in support of the association’s request, Bayas said on Wednesday, 20th July 2011.
Bayas pointed out that, in para No.40 of the judgment, the apex court has stated that any system of student selection would be unreasonable if it deprives the private unaided institutions of the right of rational selection, which it devised for itself, subject to the minimum qualification that may be prescribed to some system of computing the equivalence between different kinds of qualification like a common entrance test. Such a system of selection can involve both written and oral tests for selection based on principle of fairness.
In this judgment, the SC has laid down laws of minimum qualification for CET. So, imposing any condition of marks in regard to the minimum qualifications is contrary to the court ruling, Bayas said. He said the apex court has not imposed any condition on percentage of marks; hence the government and the NCTE do not have the power to impose conditions of 50% marks as eligibility for the CET for B.Ed admissions to these educational institutions.
The association represents about 300 unaided private B.Ed and M.Ed colleges and has been allowed to conduct CET for the past seven years.
Courtesy: Times of India
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