Explain the objectives and functions of NCERT

Q. Explain the objectives and functions of NCERT

What is NCERT – 

The National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT) was established on 1st Sep 1961 under the 1860 Societies Registration Act with its headquarters at New Delhi.

It is concerned with all problems of school education throughout the country and aims to improve education through developing various programs of research, training, extension, and publication.

It is fully financed by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Objectives of NCERT

  • Inspire research programs of all the educational branches for their qualitative development.
  • Plan and develop research programs.
  • Arrange educational training for all the teachers of primary and secondary schools throughout the country.
  • Broadcast and telecast educational programs all over the country.
  • Find solutions to all educational problems.

Functions of NCERT

  • Promote and co-ordinate research in all the branches of education.
  • Organize free in-service, pre-service training and extension services for teachers.
  • Improve new trends and techniques in school education
  • Act as clearing house for all the ideas and matters of school education.
  • Undertake studies, investigation and surveys relating to school education.
  • Work in co-operation with educational departments in different states and universities.
  • Maintain close contact with similar national and international bodies.
  • Publish books, journals and other literature and make them available to the public.
  • Running of 4 regional colleges of education at Ajmer, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar and Mysore which offer the integrated B.Ed. courses.

Other significant activities of NCERT

  • Publishes model school textbooks which have attracted attention in India and abroad.
  • Developed considerable amount of science teaching material with UNICEF’s assistance and has distributed the equipment to several schools throughout the country.
  • Evaluates textbooks prepared by different organizations from a variety of standpoints.
  • Many university departments, teacher education colleges and research institutions have embarked upon research projects of significant value due to the grant provided by the council.
  • Runs an all-India National Science Talent Search Test to select good students in the field of science.
  • Publishes many research journals, monographs, textbooks, supplement readers and journals.


Thus it is greatly commendable that the NCERT is very efficiently managing our diverse, vast and highly populous country’s educational affairs since a century and a half.

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