Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan stated on Friday that the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has been given the status of deemed university. During his speech during the Council’s 63rd founding day, he made the announcement.

The designation “deemed-to-be-university” honors institutions of higher learning that excel in particular fields of study.

With the ability to officially provide its graduation, postgraduate, and doctorate degrees, NCERT will have more sway over India’s educational system.

“NCERT now holds the distinction of being considered to be a university. It has had a strong impression on research and actively influenced adult literacy, teacher preparation, and schooling. As a research institution, NCERT would provide prospects for international cooperation, according to Pradhan.

The NCERT, which oversees all aspects of school education, carries out several projects and initiatives, such as curriculum development, text development, and the creation of teaching and learning materials.

According to specifics, the Central Government may designate an institution of higher education, other than universities, that operates at a very high quality in a given field of study as a “Deemed-to-be-university” on the advice of the UGC.

‘Deemed-to-be-university’ institutions have the academic standing and benefits of a university. NCERT will now provide graduation, postgraduate, and doctorate degrees thanks to its newly acquired status as a deemed university.

Pradhan advocated for the incorporation of Bal Bhavans and Bal Vatikas into NCERT, describing it as part of a complete educational strategy that aims to provide kids with a holistic education.

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NCERT has been given the “de novo” category of the deemed-to-be-university status, which enables it to apply to the UGC for the establishment of a new institution that would be thought to be a university to conduct study and research in developing fields of knowledge that are not currently offered by any existing institutions.

In addition to conferring degrees on educators, it will select the courses it wishes to provide.

Pradhan proposed establishing laboratories for augmented reality, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence at NCERT regional centers.