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The State Council of Educational Research and Training is the academic wing of the Department of Education. It is an all-purpose institute concerned with diversified educational activities and aims at brining about a coordinated strategy for all-round educational development in the State especially in the school sector. The SCERT as an organization aims at bringing about desirable change in attitudes & behavior in all concerned with education and at inculcating an ideal value system in the learner and the teachers so that class-room transaction takes place in a conducive climate and the learner consequently becomes a useful component of the wider society.

The SCERT, thus is supposed to perform:
(i). Leadership role (ii) Advisory Role (iii) Liaison role and (iv) Extension role

Established in 1979, the Principal, Nagaland College of Education, Kohima was nominated as the Ex-Officio Director of the SCERT in the initial period . For administrative convenience all administrative and financial matters like drawing up of schemes, allotment of fund formation of policy decision etc. lay with the Director of Education. With the bifurcation of the Directorate of Education into the Directorate of Higher and Technical Education and the Directorate of School and Physical Education, the SCERT was put under the Directorate of School and Physical Education.

In a communication to the Secretary (Education), Government of Nagaland, the Government of India advised that all SCERTs in the States should be headed by a Director in the status of the Director of Education in terms of scale of pay, administrative and financial powers to ensure prompt action both in administrative and functional matters. As an initial step the Government of Nagaland brought the SCERT under the direct control of the Education Department. The Secretary (Education) was declared as the Ex-Officio Director. Under this arrangement all academic and administrative functions are disposed of by the Secretary (Education) in the capacity of Ex-Officio Director of the SCERT.

In the light of the suggestion from the Government of India and for a proper coordination of education from pre-school stage to higher secondary stage the SCERT was made a full-fledged Directorate in 1986.

Aims and Functions

The SCERT as an organization aims at bringing about desirable change in attitudes and behavior in all concerned with education and at inculcating an ideal value system in the learner and the teachers, so that classroom transaction takes place in a conductive environment and the learner consequently becomes a useful component of the wider society. The SCERT, thus, is supposed to perform: (i) Leadership role (ii) Advisory role (iii) Liason role and (iv) Extension role.

The main function of SCERT is to look after the academic performance of the school education in the state. It is an all – purpose institute concerned with diversified educational activities and aims at bringing about a coordinated strategy for all round development in the State especially in the school sector.

Following the National policy on Education 1986, the main responsibility of implementing various educational programmes has been placed squarely on the council. The council is faced, therefore with the immense task of improving the quality of teaching and learning in our school.

The main functions of SCERT are:

  • To act as an agent of change in School education in general and in Teachers Education in particular.
  • To arrange for the In-Service Training and orientation of Supervisory/ Inspecting officers dealing with Pre-School, Elementary and Secondary Education.
  • To arrange for the in-Service Training if teacher Educators working in the Teachers Training Institutes and for the teacher’s working at all stages of education from pre-school to secondary level.
  • To organize programmes including correspondence-cum-conduct courses for the overall professional development of teachers, teacher educators and supervisory / inspecting officers.
  • To provide extension service to Teacher Training Institutes at all levels of education and coordinate the work of these centers.
  • To provide curricular, Instructional materials, Textbooks and others for use in educational institutions and by teacher from pre-school to secondary level.
  • To prescribe curricular and textbooks for schools and teacher training institutes.
  • To develop instructional materials for use by teacher educators at pre-school to secondary level.
  • To function as a controlling authority essentially in connection with the academic aspects of elementary teacher education and in connection with its administrative aspects also.
  • To function as a controlling authority essentially in connection with the academic aspects of elementary teacher education and in connection with its administrative aspects also.
  • To coordinate programmes of different subjects and
  • To undertake specific projects upto secondary stage of education as may be entrusted to it by the Government from time to time.

The powers and duties of its officers and employees:
The Director : The controlling head of the department and is vested upon to take all decisions at the level of the Directorate of SCERT and the DIETs at the district level. He is responsible to see that the duties and functions of the department are carried out efficiently.

Joint Director: Since SCERT is entirely an academic department the Joint Directors are assigned with independent charges for conducting of research/ survey, workshop, seminars, development of Curriculum, Syllabus, all works relating to the State Board of Teacher Education (SBTE), under which 2 years pre-service and in-service training for teachers is conducted leading to a diploma course. In addition as per requirements of the department, works are assigned by the Director from time to time.

Senior Academic Officers & Deputy Director: These officers some are assigned with independent charges such as preparation of plan papers of the department, management of the 6 District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) located at Chiechama (Kohima) Mokokchung, Tuensang, Dimapur, Mon and Pfuterso. Besides, they are assigned with the developmental and review of school textbooks and other instructional materials from preprimary till class 8, to organize and conduct training programmes for teachers of both Government & Private sectors. They are also assigned with the activities under the HIV/AIDS programme. Implementation of Computer Education under the Information & Communication Technology Scheme.

Readers & Research Officer: These officers are the sub-ordinate officers who assist the Joint Directors, the Senior Academic Officers & the Deputy Directors in all academic activities.

Research Associates, Assistant Planning Officer and Information Officer: The Research
Associates Assistant Planning Officers and Information Officers are next to the cadre of the Readers, Research Officers. All academic activities are carried out in association with the above grade officers of the department.

Training-cum-Research Assistant: The post of TRA is the entry point in the Directorate of SCERT as junior class II cadre. They are assigned to assists the senior officers in carrying out all academic activities in the department. The minimum requisite qualification for TRA is MA/MSc with B.Ed.

SCERT was constituted with the following Advisory Board members: –
1. Minister (Education – Chairman
2. Secretary (Education) – Vice-Chairman
3. Development Commissioner – Member
4. Financial Commissioner – Member
5. A Representative of NCERT – Member
6. A Representative of the University of the State – Member
7. Director, Higher & Technical Education – Member
8. Director, School Education – Member
9. Two Non-Official Educationist – Member
10. Director, S.C.E.R.T. – Secretary

via:
http://scertnagaland.org/

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