DIETS of Excellence

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Union Minister of Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship launched various initiatives namely, DIETS of Excellence and National Mission for Mentoring (NMM) in School and Teacher Education, developed by the Department of School Education & Literacy (DoSEL).

About DIETS of Excellence

  • To strengthen teacher training, the District Institutes of Education and Training (DIET) will be developed into centres of excellence. 
  • Funding: Financial assistance, totalling to Rs 9000 crores, will be provided to States/UTs for the physical upgradation of all 613 District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) to develop them as DIET of Excellence in the country in a phased manner in the next five years. 
  • Upto Rs. 15 Crore per DIET will be provided under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Samagra Shiksha for improving various infrastructural facilities. 

What are District Institutes of Education and Training?

  • It is an integral part of India’s education system.
  • It was established in every district of India as a result of the National Policy on Education 1986.
  • DIETs were designed to provide quality training and support to teachers, teacher educators, and other educational personnel.
  • The National Policy on Education 1986 was the first step towards achieving this goal.
  • They were intended to serve as a hub of academic excellence and professional development.
  • The initial focus of DIETs was on providing pre-service and in-service training to teachers and teacher educators.
  • They work closely with schools to identify the specific needs of students and develop teaching strategies that cater to those needs.
  • They also work with the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) to develop curriculum frameworks that are aligned with national education policies.

Q1) What is Samagra Shiksha?

It is an overarching programme for the school education sector extending from pre-school to class 12. The scheme has been prepared with the broader goal of improving school effectiveness measured in terms of equal opportunities for schooling and equitable learning outcomes.

Source: Shri Dharmendra Pradhan launches various initiatives in School and Teacher Education