Against the backdrop of acute faculty crunch in the country, the Central Advisory Board of Education committee has suggested that Section 25 companies must be allowed to offer teacher training courses and run institutes offering these courses. The committee has been set up to develop framework and processes of the National Mission on Teachers and Teaching. The HRD Ministry is learnt to have indicated it has no objection in permitting such companies into the teacher training sector.
Headed by Dr D Purandeswari, Minister of State for MHRD, the CABE Committee has many state education ministers, academics and stakeholders from the education sector on its panel.
A Section 25 company is described as one formed as a limited company for promoting commerce, art, science, religion, charity or any other useful object, and intends to apply its profits to expand its institute. Profits cannot be shared among members in the form of dividends.
“Section 25 companies actually provide better governance and have high financial probity. There is generally a higher level of compliance to rules in these companies. Siphoning of funds is far more difficult under this set up. There is definitely a case for them to enter teacher training sector,”an official said.
Section 25 companies are able to attract more funds and loans owing to financial and administrative transparency. The All India Council for Technical Education and University Grants Commission already allow Section 25 companies within the education system.