The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) Bill, 2017 has been proposed by the Government of India. The recommendations made in the Bill of 2017 include giving NCERT and its affiliate institutes the Institution of National Importance (INI) status. The bill also mentions some of the key focus areas of NCERT.
Objectives of the council according to NCERT Bill 2017:
- The main aim of NCERT will be to help the HRD Ministry in the formulation and execution of its education policies and programmes and paying utmost attention to school-level education and teacher education.
- Another objective will be to assist the State Governments and various educational bodies on matters concerning school education.
- The council will take the responsibility of promoting and organizing research activities in all branches of education.
- It will also be take up the task to develop and coordinate courses and award degrees, diplomas and certificates in the domain of school education and teacher education.
- NCERT will also extend its services to institutions engaged in educational research and teacher education.
- Another of its objectives will be to collaborate with premier national and international institutions in the education domain.
- It will also act as an approving-house for ideas and data related to school education.
An official notice has been released on the official website of the HRD Ministry for the common public. The notice states that the bill will be taken into consideration 30 day after the notification release date. The purpose behind naming NCERT an Institution of National Importance is to encourage research and enhance training in the field of education.