Pre-service Teacher Education (PSTE)
1. To serve as the nodal branch for the following:

(i) Organizing pre-service teacher training course for   elementary school teachers and to provide academic inputs into   such course is the subjects represented in the Branch.
(ii) Extension of learner centered education and education for personality development through training, extension, preparation of suitable teaching aids, action researches etc.
(iii) All general matters concerning teaching methodology and specific matters concerning teaching methodology of the school NFE subjects represented in the Branch.
(iv) Provision of Psychological Counseling and guidance services to schools and NFE/AE centers of the district.
(v) All matters relating to learning by children of Disadvantaged Groups.
(vi) Education of children with major handicaps and other mild handicaps.
(vii) Education of the Gifted.
2. To conduct such in service programmes whose content relates exclusively or predominately to the subjects represented in the branch, or to its other area of nodal responsibility listed at (ii) –(vii) under 1.

3. To provide inputs in programmes/activities of all other branches of the Institute, to the extent of subjects Lab, Psychology equipment, Resource Center for Education of Disabled children, Center for Art education, and equipments and facilities for sports and Physical Education.

4. Extension of and support to co-curricular activities in areas related to the substantive work of branch, e.g. debates and elocution, literature, Science Fairs, Visual and Performing Arts, Sports and Physical Education competitions, Yoga, Hobbies etd.

Work Experience (WE)
1. To identify locally relevant WE areas and incorporation with concerned nodal branches, to develop sample curricular units, teaching learning material, low cost teaching aids and evaluation tools/techniques in such areas.

2. To support educational authorities and elementary schools/NFE/AE centers in planned introduction of Work Experience activities in such schools/centers.

3. As backup to (2) above, to conduct appropriate in-service programmes for teachers in the areas of WE.

4. To provide WE-related inputs into all other programmes and activities of the Institute.

5. To organize activities for cleanliness, upkeep and development of the Institute campus and its surroundings and for basic maintenance of institute furniture and other property.

6. To organize community service activites and study visits to work centers as part of training programmes, and to promote such activites on extra curricular basic.

7. To maintain Workshop/Farm/Garden for WE activities.

8. To promote work related hobbies among trainees of the institute.

District Resource Unit (DRU)
1. To assist education authorities in planning and coordination of training programmes for AE/NFE personal throughout the district and to provide necessary support to such programmes organized outside the DIET.

2. To evaluate and monitor the quality and efficiency of training programmes for NFE/AE personnel held in and outside the DIET and to strive for their continuous improvement.

3. To undertake field interaction work vis-à-vis the AE/NFE projects and centers in the district and to act as the referral unit of academic problems thrown up by the field in the areas of AE/NFE.

4. To undertake action research in all areas relevant for making NFE/AE more effective in collaboration with other branches, to the extent necessary.
5. To provide AE/NFE related inputs into all programmes of the institute, especially pre-service and in-service education programmes for teachers.

In-service Field Interaction, Innovation and Co-ordination (IFIC)
1. To assist educational authorities in planning and coordination of in-service education programmes for elementary teachers throughout the district, and to plan and coordinate such programmes held in the DIET, Pursuant to this, the Branch would…..

(i) Identify training needs of elementary teachers in the district, and prepare a perspective plan for meeting such needs,

(ii) Prepare an annual calendar of all programmes to be held outside the DIET, and

(iii) Help Concerned authorities in preparing and annual calendar of in-service programmes to be held outside of the DIET.

2. To evaluate and monitor the quality and efficiency of in-service programmes held in and outside the DIET, and to strive for their continuous improvement.

3. To maintain database of all persons, except NFE/AE personnel, who undergo training at the institute and to organize follow-up activities pursuant to such training, through correspondence, visits, transmission of printed materials.

4. To serve as a reference and resource center for teachers who wish to continue their progress in field of education.

Curriculum, Material Development and Evaluation (CMDE)
1. To adopt existing items & develop new items of the following kinds so that elementary education and elementary teacher education programmes.

(i) Teaching learning for general as well as locally developed curricular units-especially primers for classes I and II in tribal languages in districts having substantial tribal population.
(ii) Techniques and guide lines for continuous and summative learner evaluation.
(iii) Tests, question/item banks, rating scales, observation schedules guidelines for diagnostic testing/remedial programmes talent identification procedures etc.
2. To help DRU in development work as above for adult and non-formal Education.

3. To undertake testing on sample basis to assess achievement levels among learners, especially with reference to Min levels prescribed for the primary and upper stage and for adult learners under NLM.

4. To help education authorities and elementary school/NFE/AE centers in implementing a reliable and valid system of evaluation.

5. To conduct workshops for the adaptation/development work mentioned in (1) above, as also in-service programmes relating to CMDE.

Educational Technology (ET)
1. To develop in collaboration with concerned staff of the DIET and other resource persons, simple, effective and low-cost teaching aids for various subjects/areas relevant to elementary education and elementary teacher education- charts, diagrams, models, photographs, slides, audio tapes, play scripts songs etd.
2. To help the DRU in developing low cost teaching aids as above, for adult and non-formal Education.
3. To maintain the following:
i. All A.V. equipments of the Institute.
ii. Computer Lab.
iii. A display area for good, low cost teaching aids developed in houses as well as elsewhere and,
iv. A library of educational video/audio cassettes and, if the Institute has a film projector of films.
4. To lend slides, cassettes and films to institutions having playing/projection facilities, and to borrow them from others Resource Centers.
5. To liase with nearby Radio station for arranging educational broadcasts suitable for elementary school children, AE/NFE learners, teachers/instructors of the district.
6. To conduct appropriate in-service programmes for teachers in the area of ET, with special emphasis on:
i. Effective utilization of educational broadcasts, telecasts, cassettes and aids.
ii. Development of simple, low cost teaching aids.

Planning & Management (P & M)
1. To maintain an appropriate database for the district this may be required for various planning exercises aimed at the UPE/UEE/NLM goals and for monitoring progress towards these goals.

2. To provide technical assistance to educational authorities in (i) school mapping (ii) Micro planning for UPE/AUEE in an area specific and target group specific manner, (iii) formation and activation of school complexes, schools etc, and (v)Institutional evaluation.

3. To serve as the nodal branch in relation to all programmes of community involvement in basic education, and in particular, to conduct orientation programmes for members of DBE, VECs, community leaders, youth and other voluntary educational workers.

4. To act as the nodal branch for preparing quin-quennial and annual institutional plans and annual self evaluation reports for the DIET, and for liaising with DBE.

5. To provide P & M related inputs into all other programmes / activities of the institute e.g. pre-service and in-service programmes for teachers, training programmes for NFE/AE personnel, Field Interaction activities, Action Research etc.