Mission of District Institute on Education and Training (D.I.E.T)
Mission of a DIET can be briefly stated in the following terms:-
“To provide academic and resource support at the grass – roots level for the success of the various strategies and programms being undertaken in the areas of elementary and adult education, with special reference to the following objects:-
Universalisation of primary / elementary education.
National literacy Mission (NLM) targets in regard to functional literacy in the 15 – 35 age group”
The above mission statements are very much general.However, each DIET will have
some specific goals for fulfilling the needs of the individual states and districts. Diets will be ultimately functionalized through specific performance norms set individual DIETs.
Pace-setting Role of DIETs:
It will have two important aspects ----
Excellence in the institutes own work
Helping the elementary and adult education systems in the district, in achieving excellence.
The DIET will harness these and other available resources in the best possible
manner, so as to achieve and promote excellence provided all necessary physical and manpower resources are available.
In the above aspects the “Guidelines” of DIET provided by the MHRD, New Delhi extended their view as: “DIETs will also have a very important pace – setting role to play. They will be expected to become models for other educational institutions in the district in terms of meticulous, efficient and effective planning and execution of functions, harmonious and creative organizational climate, maintenance of a clean and attractive campus, etc.”
D.I.E.Ts : Philosophy on Transaction:
A DIET will have three important functions:
Training (both of induction level as well as continuing verities).
Resource support (extension / guidance, development of materials, aids, evaluation tools, etc.)
These are the basic approach and philosophy to be followed in undertaking these functions, especially training.
Basic Transactional Approach for the DIETs:
The NPE and POA plead for adoption of a child – centered approach in the elementary education.
The NPE reads: “ A child – centered approach: A warm welcoming and encouraging approach, in which all concerned shared a solitude for the needs of the child, in the best motivation for the child to attend school and learn. A child – centered and activity – based process of learning should be adopted at the primary stage……….”
The POA states: “By making Elementary Education child – centered, we would be introducing a long – awaited reform in the system. The most important aspect of this reform will be to make education joyful, innovative and satisfying learning activity, rather than a system of rote and cheerless, authoritarian instruction.”
In the case of Adult Education Programmes also it is clear that functional literacy should be imparted to adult adults in a participative, learner active mode.
Special Target Groups of DIETs:
Accordingly to NPE (1986), “The concept of a National system of Education in implies that, upto a given level, all students, irrespective of caste, creed, location or sex, have access to education of a comparable quality.” This is the essence of the universalisation task. The NPE feels that the needs educationally disadvantage groups would have to be given maximum attention. The special target Groups of DIETs are----
Girls and women
Scheduled caste and Scheduled Tribes
Physically challenged or Differently abled group
Other educationally disadvantage groups e.g. working children, slum dwellers, inhabitants of hilly, desert and other in accessible areas etc.
Autonomy and Accountability:
The NPE says that: “….planning and management of education will receive priority.” The two guiding considerations are ----
“decentralization and creation of a spirit of autonomy for educational institutions”
“Establishing the principle of accountability in relation to given objectives and norms.”
The guiding consideration reflects that the DIETs will have adequate functional autonomy in the spheres of academic, administrative and financial. At the same time, they are accountable or answerable to the state Government or Union Territory (UT) administration.