The Union Education Minister, Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan, has announced that the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has been accorded the status of deemed university. This significant announcement was made on the occasion of NCERT celebrating its 63rd foundation day.
This status provides NCERT with the privilege to award its own bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The title of “deemed university” is granted by the Central government, following recommendations from the University Grants Commission (UGC) to higher education institutions that demonstrate excellence in particular fields of study. Such institutions, with this status, enjoy the academic recognition and benefits akin to a full-fledged university.
Established in 1961 under the Society Act, NCERT was founded with the purpose of advising and aiding the government in school education affairs. Being the highest authority in the spectrum of school education, the NCERT engages in an array of initiatives and endeavors. These encompass educational research and pioneering advancements, crafting curricula, and producing educational content and teaching materials.