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1 Historical Perspective:

The Department of State Educational Research and Training, popularly known as DSERT is the academic wing of the Department of Public Instruction. It aims at providing academic leadership in school education as well as improving the quality of education provided in elementary and secondary schools in the state. DSERT is the academic authority in the State for all schools adopting the state curriculum for the purposes of section 29 of the RTE Act.

The DSERT was formed as a small academic unit of the Department of Public Instruction. It was then known as the State Institute of Education (SIE), and started functioning from Dharawada in 1964. This unit was later shifted to Bengaluru and the other academic units of the department of public instruction – State Institute of Science (SIS), State Educational Evaluation Unit (SEEU) and Educational Vocational Guidance Bureau (EVG), were merged in 1975 to form a single monolithic Department of State Educational Research and Training. The Directorate of Text Books was attached to DSERT in 1983. Later the Teacher Education administrative Unit was detached from the office of the Commissioner of Public Instruction and attached to DSERT.

The National Policy of Education 1986 gave special importance to teacher education with special emphasis on imparting quality training to elementary school teachers. In 1993 eight District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) were set up in the state. Subsequently DIETs were set up in 12 districts in 1995, seven in 2006, three in 2006 and four in 2015 making the total number of DIETs functioning in the state to 34.

Similarly to improve the quality of secondary teacher education, 6 Government Colleges of Education in the state were upgraded to the status of Colleges of Teacher Education (CTE) to provide both pre-service and in-service education in the secondary education sector. Four aided private teachers’ colleges were also upgraded as Colleges of Teacher Education. In 2015. The state government upgraded the Government B.Ed. College in Chikkaballapura and a private aided B.Ed. College as CTEs.

R V teachers’ College, Bengaluru was upgraded as an Institute for Advanced Studies in Education (IASE) with a mandate to provide adequate and qualitative resource support to teacher educators and train teacher educators to take up educational research. In 2015, the state government upgraded Post Graduate Department of Education in Gulbarga University, Kalaburagi as an IASE. RV IASE will cater to the needs of teacher education

The DSERT which was functioning from the old building of Government Girls Junior College, B P Wadia Road, Basavanagudi, Bengaluru 560004, for the past several decades shifted to its own spacious new building on 100 feet Ring Road, Banashankari III Stage, Bengaluru 560085, in the first week of February, 2003.

DSERT has a built-in area of about 50,000 square feet set in a one acre plot, has been constructed at a cost of Rs. 4.3 crores. It has a 30 rooms in Guest House so that the teachers and teacher educators attending various programmes in DSERT can stay comfortably.

DSERT formerly was conducting training programs through the video conferencing facility at Abdul Nazir Sab State Institute for Rural Development (ANSSIRD), Mysore and the C band receiving stations set up in all the DIETs in the state.

The EDUSAT lessons are telecasted twice a day from DSERT‘s HUB, where ISRO has established a KU band hub, up link and broadcast facilities. Through this facility, direct to class room broadcasts of video lessons are done to 885 elementary schools of Chamarajanagara district, 885 elementary schools of Gulbarga and Yadagiri districts and 303 elementary schools in Ramanagara & 325 Bangalore rural District.

Video conferencing facility at DSERT, has been linked to all the DIETs and Block Resource Centres (BRCs) in 204 educational blocks which have KU band receiving facilities. Training programs through the video conferencing mode, which were formerly being conducted from Mysore are now conducted from DSERT.

The studio for the engineering college broadcasts under the Edusat project has also been installed by Visveswaraya Technological University (VTU) at DSERT.

In order to streamline textbook preparation, printing, production and distribution, the Directorate of Text Books which was a part of DSERT and the printing facilities in the Government Text Book Press are sought to be brought under one command under the Karnataka Text Book Society since June, 2006.

2 Objectives of DSERT

(a) To provide academic leadership in school education as well as improving the quality of education provided in elementary and secondary schools in the state,
(b) To achieve qualitative improvement in school education through pre-service teacher education and in-service teacher education,
(c) To act as a nodal agency in providing in-service teacher education for elementary & secondary school teachers,
(d) To undertake various projects to promote continuous teacher professional development.
(e) To undertake academic reforms in the light of policy changes by the state,
(f) To prepare teachers hand books, resource books and other materials for use of students and teachers.
(g) To coordinate, at the state level, schemes of various state, central and international agencies – NCERT, NUEPA, UNICEF, SSA, RMSA, RIESI, RIE, etc.,
(h) To undertake various educational projects in collaboration with various agencies and NGOs working in the education sector.
(i) To support DIET and CTE faculty in conducting educational research

3 Structure of DSERT

4 Organisation of DSERT

The DSERT comprises of the following departments:

a. Department of Teacher Education
b. Department of School Education
c. Department of Maths and Science
d. Department of Humanities and
e. Department of Planning and Monitoring

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Last Modified on 18/9/2015

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