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Court Directive to District Institute for Education and Training (DIET) Principal

Court Directive to District Institute for Education and Training (DIET) Principal

Chennai: The Madras High Court has made it clear that the Principal of the District Institute for Education and Training (DIET) should not make any visit to teacher training institutions until further orders.

In his interim order on a batch of writ petitions, Justice P. Jyothimani said it had been brought to the court’s notice by counsel for various institutions that the Principal, DIET, was suo motu inspecting various institutions to find out whether they had infrastructural facilities, etc.

The Additional Advocate-General had submitted that in respect of 60 institutions, the State Government had received complaints and only in these cases, they were insisting on finding out whether the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) compliance had been made out in order to forward the complaint to the council.

Limited role

Mr. Justice Jyothimani said in any event, the High Court while passing orders on a batch of writ petitions last year had made it clear that the NCTE being a parent body having supreme power, the State Government’s role was very limited.

In its petition, the All India Private Educational Institutions Association, Saligramam, an organisation of teacher training institutes, submitted that the entire field of teacher education had been taken over by the NCTE Act, a Central legislation. The State Government had no power to deal with the above subject matter.

The association submitted it was shocked to know that in November 2007 the Directorate of Teacher Education Research and Training (DTERT) appeared to have instructed all Principals of DIET to inspect all teacher training institutes and to fill up the printed form containing particulars regarding inspection and to submit a report in totality about the institutes.


The State Education Secretary and the Director, DTERT, cited as respondents, had no jurisdiction to make such enquiry.

The petitioner prayed the court to forbear the two respondents from inspecting, enquiring or in any manner interfering with the administration of the institutions of members of the petitioner association. The association also sought an appropriate interim order to restrain the DTERT.

Court Directive to District Institute for Education and Training (DIET) Principal

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