National policy on Education (NPE) 1986 and programme of Action (POA) envisaged
a district level institution to support academic functions especially in the academic
planning and teacher empowerment programmes in the district. DIETs (District Institute
of Education and Training) in India are one of the off-shoots of the National Policy
on Education (NPE—1986),.The mission and role of DIETS visualized in the POA (1986)
of NPE (1986) was developed based on the context of education scenario at the national
level. There are as many as 500 DIETs in India; one each in a revenue district.
Initially DIET was entrusted with various interventions for the quality improvement
in primary education.
are 14 DIETS in Kerala-One in each district. In Kerala DIETS were started their
functioning in 1989 ( in three districts namely Kasargod, Wayanad and Thrissur)
in the first phase and in 4 other District namely Kannur, Calicut, Pathanamthitta
and Ernakulam in 1991 in the second phase and remaining 7 districts were covered
in 1992 in the third phase. The Director of Public Instruction is the Controlling
Officer of all DIETs in Kerala. Each DIET has an Advisory Committee that is reconstituted
every year with the representatives of universities, educational experts, educational
officers, media persons, teachers, headmasters and students. The committee generally
sits twice in a year; first for planning the programmes of an academic year and
the other one for the evaluation of implementation of the same.
• Field Interaction
is always in touch with the teachers, teacher trainers, teacher trainees, headmastersof
the schools and all other functionaries in accomplishing their roles for providing
effective curriculum transaction and effective management of institutions. This
interaction is effected through direct visits to schools and through telephone calls.
• Resource Support
constant watch on the performance of teachers and functionaries results in fixing
the areas where interventions are required. With the identification of the needs
of the target group of teachers and functionaries, proper scaffoldings in curriculum
transaction and management are planned.
• Research and Action Research
undertakes Action Researches and equips teachers for doing the same to solve the
problems faced in class rooms during the curriculum transactions and studies aiming
at formulating innovative strategies and methods in the field of teaching and school
• The Pre-service Training
runs the pre-service training (Two year TTC course) programme with a view to be
the model for the teacher education programmes given by Teacher Training Institutes
(TTIs) in the district.
• In-service Training
problems of working teachers and functionaries sensed through field interaction
are addressed through in-service training of teachers and functionaries. In-service
raining programmes are also carried out to induct an idea in pedagogy or evaluation
that is propagated in cascade-mode or non-cascade mode.
• Support for Adult and Non-formal Education
is the district level agency to support the functions of Adult and Non-formal education
programmes such as intensive training for preraks, preparation of resource material
for preraks etc….
a pioneering institution DIETs have to disseminate the innovations in curriculum
transaction as well as in evaluation to the stake holders; teachers, parents, experts