National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT)
Set up in 1961 by the Government of India, The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is an autonomous organisation. Its main aim is to assist and advise the Central and State Governments on policies and programmes for qualitative improvement in school education.
NCERT is not only involved with development, training and research. It is also involved in bilateral cultural exchange programmes with other countries in the field of school education. There are various foreign delegates visiting the country for exchange programmes and training.
The major constituent units of NCERT which are located in different regions of the country are:
- National Institute of Education (NIE), New Delhi
- Central Institute of Educational Technology (CIET), New Delhi
- Pandit Sundarlal Sharma Central Institute of Vocational Education (PSSCIVE), Bhopal
- Regional Institute of Education (RIE), Ajmer
- Regional Institute of Education (RIE), Bhopal
- Regional Institute of Education (RIE), Bhubaneswar
- Regional Institute of Education (RIE), Mysore
- North-East Regional Institute of Education (NERIE), Shillong
Programmes of NCERT
Once the NCERT was set up, it has started with many programmes and one such programme was to identify and nurture the talented students. This programme took up the shape of a scheme called National Science Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS) in the year 1963 which provided for the identification of talented students and awarding them with scholarships. It initially started with 10 scholarships within Delhi NCR and later on it increased to 350 scholarships.
These scholarships were awarded on the basis of a written examination, a project report and interview. The written examination comprised the Science Aptitude Test and an Essay on a given scientific theme.
All India School Education Survey
The main purpose of All India Educational Surveys (AIES) is to collect, compile and disseminate information of the country’s overall progress in the area of school education. The surveys are important as it provides inputs to formulate educational policies, and to monitor the progress of various educational schemes of the Central and State Governments. The surveys are conducted at the national level by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and the National Informatics Center (NIC).
The scheme entitled Innovative Practices in School and Teacher Education was formulated during 1960s and was in vogue till 2005. Thereafter it was felt that the award should be institutionalised. There is a need to give awards to schools and teacher education institutions, where all teachers, headmaster/principal and management exhibit greater involvement in implementation of innovations, instead of giving prize to individual teacher. Accordingly the scheme has been revised as All India Competition on Innovative Practices and Experiments in Education for Schools and Teacher Education Institutions.
Jawaharlal Nehru National Science, Mathematics and Environment Exhibition for Children
NCERT has been striving to popularize and encourage and inculcate scientific temper among the children of the country over the years. Keeping this in view, every year it organises organizes national level science exhibition where children showcase their talents in science and mathematics and their applications in different areas related with our everyday life.
The first Science Exhibition was jointly organized under the banner of the National Science Exhibition for Children in 1971, by the NCERT and the University Grants Commission (UGC)
at Delhi. The subsequent National Science Exhibitions for Children have been organized by NCERT alone.
National Council of Educational Research and Training
Sri Aurbindo Marg, New Delhi-110016