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Department of State Educational Research and Training

Updated on: Mar 7, 2013
The Department of State Educational Research and Training (DSERT) is the Academic wing of Department of Public Instructions. The department has motto to provide academic leadership in school education and hence strives continuously to improve the quality of primary and secondary education in the state. Earlier the Department was known as the State Institute of Education (SIE) when it is started working from the northern District town of Dharwar in 1964. Later this unit and the other academic units of department of Public of Instruction – State Institute of Science (SIS), State Educational Evaluation Unit (SEEU) and Educational Vocational Guidance Bureau (EVG) were shifted to Bangalore. In 1975 all these units were merged together to form a single monolithic Department of State Educational Research and Training.

In 1983, the Directorate of Text Books was attached to DSERT. Later the Teacher Education administrative Unit was detached from the office of the Commissioner of Public Instruction and attached to DSERT. The National Policy on Education 1986 provides special emphasis on teacher education with special focus on providing quality teaching training to primary school teachers. In 1993, eight District Institutes of Education and Training (known as DIETs) were set up in the state. Further DIETs were set up in all the 20 revenue Districts of the state. In 2006, seven more DIETS started functioning in the state.

To improve the quality of secondary teacher education in the state 6 Government Colleges of Education in the state were upgraded to the status of Colleges of Teacher Education (CTE), the purpose of these CTEs was to supply both in-service and pre- service education in the secondary education sector. In 2006, the CTE at Gulbarga was upgraded as Institute for Advanced Studies in Education (IASE). In the private teacher education sector, R V teachers’ College, Bangalore was upgraded to the status of Institute for Advanced Studies in Education (IASE) with a mandate to provide adequate and qualitative resource support to teacher educators and train teacher educators to take up education research. Four private teachers’ colleges (MES teachers’ College and Vijaya Teachers’ College, Bangalore, Kotturswamy Teachers’ College, Bellary and MLMN Teachers’ College, Chikkamagalore.) were also upgraded as Colleges of teacher Education.

The DSERT earlier functioning from old building of Government Girls Junior College, B P Wadia Road, Basavanagudi, Bangalore 560004 got its own building on 100 feet Ring Road, Banashankari III Stage, Bangalore 560085, in the first week of February 2003. The new building acquires 50000 square feet of land area. This new building is quite spacious with a 30 twin bed room Guest House and a canteen attached to it. This facility enables the participants of DSERT programs to stay in the Guest House itself.

The DSERT formerly was conducting training programs through the video conferencing facility at Abdul Nazir Sab State Institute for Rural Development (ANSSIRD), Mysore and the C band receiving stations set up in all the DIETs in the state. The DSERT has also set up audio and video studio in its premises to develop TV based lessons for the EDUSAT project. The educational broadcasts are being done twice a day from DSERT itself, where ISRO has established a KU band hub, up link and broadcast facilities. Through this facility, direct to classroom broadcasts of video lessons are done to 885 primary schools of Chamarajanagar district and 885 primary schools of Gulbarga district. This video conferencing facility at DSERT, has been linked to all the DIETs and Block Resource Centers (BRCs) in 202 educational blocks which have KU band receiving facilities.

In order to make more efficient textbook preparation, printing, production and distribution, the Directorate of Text Books which was a part of DSERT and the printing facilities in the Government Text Book Press are sought to be brought under one command under the Karnataka Text Book Society from June, 2006. The Karnataka Text Book Society will from now on undertake curriculum development, curriculum revision and preparation, printing, publishing and distribution of textbooks, teacher handbooks and other resource materials to schools, students and teachers.


Following is the structure of DSERT.
  1. Director is the supreme authority of DSERT.
  2. State Institute of Science (SIS)
  3. Education Technology Cell (ETC)
  4. Teacher Education
  5. State Education Evaluation Unit
  6. Sarva Shikshana Abyayana (SSA)

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Directorate of State Educational Research and Training (DSERT)
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Bangalore - 560 085
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