Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) New Delhi, India
mandate and functions
National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) was
established in 1961 by the Government of India as an apex resource
organization to assist and advise the central and state governments
on academic matters related to schooling. It provides technical
and academic support for the improvement of school education in
The specific functions of NCERT include: (a) research and development;
(b) in-service and pre-service training; and (c) dissemination of
research on school education in India. Accordingly NCERT:
• develops curricula, instructional materials, teaching aids
and learning resources;
• organizes pre-service and in-service training of teachers,
of teacher educators, and of other educational personnel;
• conducts and promotes educational research related to pedagogical
• disseminates improved pedagogical techniques, practices
and research findings;
• acts as a clearing house of ideas and information for all
matters relating to school and teacher education.
is headed by its Director and has a General Body and Executive Committee
presided over by the Union Minister of Human Resource Development.
Regular council activities are funded by the government.
It functions through its National Institute of Education (NIE) located
i Delhi and Regional Institutes of Education (RIEs) located in Ajmer,
Bhopa Bhubaneswar and Mysore. Each has a distinct set of functions.
While the NTE carries out research and development, and organizes
in-service training of key resource persons and teacher educators,
the RDEs provide in-service training support to state and district
level teacher training institutions. NCERT, which has 17 field offices
located in state capitals, is responsible for carrying out liaison
activities with state level institutions and departments of education.
NCERT promotes research, development and training on educational
media through the Central Institute of Educational Technology (CIET)
located in the NCERT campus. Similarly, the Pandit Sunderlal Sharma
Central Institute of Vocational education in Bhopal organizes research
and development related to vocational education in schools.
NCERT and its constitutes have approximately 850 academic staff,
600 technical staff and 1500 non-academic staff.
conducts a large number of teacher training programmes (in-service
and pre-service) at its headquarters in Delhi and in the Regional
Recent research concerns include:
school effectiveness and learning achievement at primary level;
teacher motivation; ^
training methodologies and evaluation;
educational application of computer technology;
alternatives to schooling;
early childhood education.
A large number of school textbooks, teachers' guides, instructional
materials, research reports and monographs are published by NCERT.
Two journals in English also form part of their publications,
as well as the NCERT Newsletter published in English and Hindi.
In addition, NCERT conducts periodic educational surveys.
for the future
has established international collaboration in research and development,
particularly in recent years as co-operation has grown with many
other Asian countries and international agencies.
National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT)
Sri Aurobindo Marg
NEW DELHI 110016
Tel: (91-11) 669954 / 6964712
Fax: (91-11) 6868419