Mumbai, Dec. 7 -- In a bid to encourage teacher training colleges to take up four-year integrated Bachelor of Education (BEd) programmes, National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) has relaxed some of the norms for these courses.

The number of full-time faculty members required for a unit of Integrated Teacher Education Programme (ITEP) has been reduced from 16 to nine. The built-up area required for the institutes running this course has also been shrunk from 2,500 square metre (sq m) to 2,000 sq m.

The changes have been introduced through a notification issued by the Central government last month. NCTE, the apex body for teacher training programmes, has also issued a notice inviting proposals from educational institutes for the integ...