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National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) New Delhi, India
General mandate and functions

The 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 India.

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 improvement;
• 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.

General Organisation

NCERT 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.

Main activities

NCERT conducts a large number of teacher training programmes (in-service and pre-service) at its headquarters in Delhi and in the Regional institutes.
Recent research concerns include:
school effectiveness and learning achievement at primary level;
curriculum development;
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.

Prospects for the future

NCERT 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