The Indian sub-continent has one of the largest education system as well as teacher education system. There are several affiliated colleges and institutes that offer teacher education programs. All the programs are identical but its standards vary. Some unscrupulous institutes are simply money making centers and results in certified but incompetent teachers. The National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) is a regulatory body but because the country is so diverse with innumerable institutions it sometimes get difficult to monitor all the institutions. NCTE has four regional offices in four different zones of the country for regulating the function of these institutes and to prevent them from becoming commercial institutions.
The situation of elementary teacher education is still better in the country and can also be compared to international standards but secondary and vocational teacher training situation needs drastic regulation and change. Over the last few decades the teacher education has been severely criticised for being very theoretical and obsolete. Teacher education system is strongly evolving so that quality of teachers in India improved. The curriculum of teacher education is being severely revised since 1998. In this internet age, the use of IT and computer should be used for training teachers and the curriculum now also advocates the use of internet to be used by teachers for teaching students.
Teacher education is important as efficient teachers can shape an efficient future society. Teachers can greatly influence young minds and hence it’s important that competent teachers are recruited for the gullible and vulnerable young minds. This is only possible only if there is efficient teacher training curriculum with an efficient regulatory body. NCTE is doing a good job but a lot has to be done to improve the status and quality of teachers in India.