The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is an autonomous organisation set up in 1961 by the Government of India to assist and advise the Central and State Governments on policies and programmes for qualitative improvement in school education. The major objectives of NCERT and its constituent units are to: undertake, promote and coordinate research in areas related to school education; prepare and publish model textbooks, supplementary material, newsletters, journals and develops educational kits, multimedia digital materials, etc. organise pre-service and in-service training of teachers; develop and disseminate innovative educational techniques and practices; collaborate and network with state educational departments, universities, NGOs and other educational institutions; act as a clearing house for ideas and information in matters related to school education. In addition to research, development, training, extension, publication and dissemination activities, NCERT is an implementation agency for bilateral cultural exchange programmes with other countries in the field of school education. The NCERT also interacts and works in collaboration with the international organisations, visiting foreign delegations and offers various training facilities to educational personnel from developing countries.

As per the National Education Policy 2020, NCERT is the nodal agency to develop National Curriculum Frameworks (NCFs) for (a) Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE), (b) School Education, and (c) Adult Education.

The council headquarter is located at Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi. The council has the following constituent units located at different regions of the country:

  • Central Institute of Educational Technology (CIET) at New Delhi (
  • Pandit Sundarlal Sharma Central Institute of Vocational Education (PSSCIVE) at Bhopal (
  • Regional Institute of Education (RIE) at Ajmer (
  • Regional Institute of Education (RIE) at Bhopal (
  • Regional Institute of Education (RIE) at Bhubaneswar (
  • Regional Institute of Education (RIE) at Mysore (
  • North East Regional Institute of Education (NERIE) at Shillong (

The council offers integrated Bachelor's and Master's programs in education through its RIEs.

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