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SC slams unrecognised teachers training institutes

Dismissing the appeal of Maharashtra based-Abhyudya Sanstha and six other teachers training institutes, the bench imposed a fine of Rs two lakh each on them for filing misleading claims before the apex court.



New Delhi: Observing that teachers from
unrecognised institutions will not be able to impart value-
based education and merely train students to succeed in life
by manipulations, the Supreme Court has dismissed a bunch of
pleas filed by various such institutes seeking recognition.

A bench of justices GS Singhvi and KS Radhakrishnan
said granting recognition to undeserving institutions would be
detrimental to national interest and noted that appellants did
not approach the court "with clean hands and succeeded in
polluting the stream of justice by making patently false
statement" on their status.

The apex court rejected the plea of the institutes
that the career of hundreds of students trained by these
unrecognised institutes would be in jeopardy if the National
Council for Technical Education (NCTE) was not asked to grant
them recognition.

"There is no valid ground much less justification to
confer legitimacy upon the admission made by the appellants in
a clandestine manner. Any such order by the court will be
detrimental to the national interest. The students who may
have taken admission and completed the course from an
institution, which had not been granted recognition, will not
be able to impart value based education to the future
generation of the country," Justice Singhvi said in the
judgement.

"Rather, they may train young minds as to how one can
succeed in life by manipulations. Therefore, we do not
consider it proper to issue direction for regularising the
admissions made by the appellants on the strength of the
interim orders passed by this court," it said.

Dismissing the appeal of Maharashtra based-Abhyudya
Sanstha and six other teachers training institutes, the bench
imposed a fine of Rs two lakh each on them for filing
misleading claims before the apex court.

The institutes had come to the apex court after the
Bombay High Court upheld the Western Regional Committee,
NCTE`s decision not to grant recognition to the institutes in
the back-drop of the recommendations made by the Maharashtra
Government that there was no requirement of trained teachers
in the state.

The appellant institutions had sought recognition in
2006 and 2007 for starting D.Ed courses.

The aggrieved institutes claimed that infrastructure
has been created by investing huge amount and cancellation of
recognition will cause irreparable loss to them.

The High Court dismissed their plea following which
they approached the apex court.

In the apex court, the institutions claimed that they
were recognised institutions and the High Court had
erroneously quashed recognition of 290 other institutions.

PTI

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