DIET is the most significant educational intervention in the country, while the NCERT came up in the 1960,s and the state councils of education research and training came up in 1970,s, the need for a third tier of training and resource support structure, right at the district level was genuinely felt in order to improve the quality of Basic education. As a result DIET’s were set up in almost all the districts of all the states in the country.
Govt. of India gave top priority to elementary education.Different education Commissions were constituted which submitted their reports and on the basis of their findings, Govt. made drastic change in the education policy. In the beginning education was a state subject but through an amendment in the constitution in 1976 the subject of education was put on the concurrent list. As a result Central Govt. as well as State Govt. now collectively frame a particular education policy viz; National education policy-1986 introduced a new pattern of education known as 10+2+3 system. Establishment of DIET’s is based on the recommendations of National Education Policy 1986.
District Institute of Education and Training, Palakkad was established in 1992 by converting Swaminadha Vidyalaya Training School. The sole purpose of DIET is to conduct different kinds of trainings programmes to improve the quality of Basic education and create a desirable environment within the district in regard to enroll more and more children of school going age and pave the way for retention of those who are admitted in the school and to ensure the high literacy percentage of male and female as whole.
DIET,PALAKKAD has an academic faculty of highly qualified teachers who simultaneously work as Block Academic Co-ordinators or Mentors too, specially to supervise the on going different schemes of Basic Education and guide the teachers to implement the scheme in an effective way through the seven departments as categorized below:
- Faculty of Pre-Service Teacher Education (PSTE).
- Faculty of Educational Technology (ET).
- Faculty of Work Experience (WE).
- Faculty of District Resource Unit for adult and non-formal education (DRU).
- Faculty of In service programmes, Field Intervention, and innovation Coordination (IFIC).
- Faculty of Curriculum, Material Development and Evaluation(CMDE).
- Faculty of Planning and Management (P&M).
All the above faculties are working with various academic interventions
regarding Training,Research activities,Material development and monitoring.