The National Policy of Education, 1986 and POA, 1992 have led to establishment of District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) throughout India for the furtherance of Teacher Education in district level. These DIETs have since then undertaken extensive teacher education programmes both in-service and pre-service along with several other entrusted activities. In terms of memorandum of the Government in School Education vide No.79-SE (EE)/SCERT-4/2012 dated 29.01.2013 the administrative and academic control of the District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) of West Bengal has been delegated to SCERT (WB).There are 19 DIETs in which 18 are functional and the one at Purba Medinipur is yet to start functioning. Also in West Bengal 10 DIETs are having their Second campuses.
- DIETs in West Bengal: Their Genesis, Roles & Functions
In pursuance of the National Policy on Education, 1986 and subsequent to Programme of Action 1992, West Bengal had availed the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Teacher Education for establishing District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs). Thus in most districts the government upgraded a selected, existing Government Primary Teachers’ Training Institutes (PTTIs) to DIETs. Apart from that the state has also set up new DIETs in the districts where a suitable PTTI for upgradation was not available. In this State, 16 such DIETs (13 through up gradation of the PTTIs and 3through new constructions) have been set up.
For strengthening pedagogic practices activities involving intensive in-service teachers’ training packages, development of text books and supplementary reading materials, studies and action research at the district and sub-district levels and institutionalized academic support to primary and upper primary schools and to ensure all these activities achieve the goals, there is a need of a very strong and vibrant institutional framework at the district level. DIETs are being established in the districts to provide this framework and to strengthen the delivery mechanism of SSA.
The DIETs are expected to undertake, among others, the following specific activities:
- Initiatives to upgrade the quality of the teaching-learning process in the Districts in elementary education
- Orientation and capacity building of elementary and pre-school teachers through pre-service and in-service education
- Preparation of district plans for universalisalion of elementary education as well as upgradation of quality of education
- Development of District specific teaching and learning materials
- Support to sub-district resource centres
- Research to build an improved understanding of elementary education in the district
- Activities to improve and support community involvement in elementary education
- Activities to support training programmes in adult education
- Strengthening of theirown capacities.
Now, in terms of memorandum of the Government in School Education vide no.79-SE(EE)/SCERT-4/2012 dated 29.01.2013, both the administrative and academic control of the
District Institutes of Education and Training of West Bengal has been delegated to SCERT, WB. During that period in West Bengal there were 17 DIETs of which 16 were functional. As per notification No. 330-SE(EE)/10M-56/15 dated 14.04.2015, the PTTI at Alipurduar has been designated as DIET and 10 nos. of PTTI s has also been Second Campuses of DIETs in the Districts under the scheme of BRGF
The details of the DIETs and the Second Campuses are given below:
|Sl No.||Name of the District||Main Campus||Address||Second Campus
|1||Bankura||DIET Bankura||Bankura Sonamukhu Road, PS-Beliatore, PO-Chhandar, PIN-722203||Vill- Ailakundi
P.O- Bankura,Block- Bankura I
|2||Burdwan||DIET Burdwan||Barsul-Memari Link Road, PS-Memari, PO-Kalanabagram, Burdwan-713124
|3||Birbhum||DIET Birbhum||NH-60, PS-Suri, PO-Barabagan, Vill-Abdarpur, Birbhum – 731103||Nichupatty Nirodbarani High School Campus
,P.S/ Block – Bolpur.
|4||Paschim Medinipur||DIET Paschim Medinipur||Raj Colony Road, PO+PS-Jhargram, PIN-721507||Vill+ Post-
P.S /Block- Lalgarh,
|5||Malda||DIET Malda||Rajmohal Road, PS-English Bazar, PO-Sovanagar, PIN-732209||Vill+ Post-
P.S /Block- Manikchak,
|6||Murshidabad||DIET Murshidabad||44/1 S.N. Bagchi Road, PO+PS-Berhampore, PIN-742101||Vill+ Post-
P.S /Block- Bhagwangola- I,
|7||Nadia||DIET Nadia||PO-Barajaguli, PS-Haringhata, PIN-741221
|8||Howrah||DIET Howrah||Bargachia, PO-Jagat ballavpur, PIN-711408
|9||Hooghly||DIET Hooghly||Gandhigram, PS-Polba, PO-Rajhat, PIN-712123||
|10||Purulia||DIET Purulia||Barakar Road, PS-Purulia Maffasal, PO-Vibekananda Nagar, PIN-723147||Vill+ Post-
P.S /Block- Purulia II,
|11||North 24 Parganas||DIET North 24 Parganas||K.N. Roy Road, PS-Habra, PO-Banipur, PIN-743233||
|12||South 24 Parganas||DIET South 24 Parganas||Kulpi Road, PS-Mandirbazar, PO-Ramakantanagar, PIN-743395||Vill- Purbachintamonipur, P.O- Chintamonipur,
Dist- South 24 Parganas.
|13||Uttar Dinajpur||DIET Uttar Dinajpur||PO-Tarangapur, PS-Kaliyaganj, PIN-733131||Vill- Bhatol
P.O- Bhatol Hat,
Dist- Uttar Dinajpur
|14||Dakshin Dinajpur||DIET Dakshin Dinajpur||Chingishpur Road, PS-Balurghat, PO-Kamarpara, PIN-733153||Ganguria Govt. PTTI College Campus
Dist- Dakshin Dinajpur.
|15||Jalpaiguri||DIET Jalpaiguri||College Para, Belakoba, PS-Rajganj, PO-Prasanna Nagar, PIN-735133|
|16||Coocbehar||DIET Coocbehar||N.N. Road, Railghumti, PS-Kotwali PS, PO-Coochbehar, PIN-736101|
|17||Alipurduar||DIET Alipurduar||PO & Vill- shilbarihat, Dist – Alipurduar, PIN-736204||PTTI at Alipurduar has designated as DIET Alipurduar|
|18||Purba Medinipur||DIET Kelomal||Kelomal ,Purba Medinipur||Vill+ Post-
P.S /Block- Ramnagar I,
Dist- Purba Medinipur
Presently in West Bengal 16 DIETS and 5 second campuses of DIETS are Functional.Another 5 second Campuses of DIET will start very shortly .Also the remaining sanctioned DIETS at the district of the Alipurduar,Kolkata and Purba Medinipur will also start very soon.In all the DIETS presently run 2 units consisting 50 trainees for D.EL.ED. course .In the year 2018-19,the MHRD ,Gol has given approval for another 2DIETS at the district of Kalimpong and Paschim Burdwan.