DSERT: Department of State Educational Research and Training

The Department of State Educational Research and Training, popularly known as DSERT is the academic wing of the Department of Public Instruction. It aims at providing academic leadership in school education as well as improving the quality of education provided in primary and secondary schools in the state. The DSERT was formed as a small academic unit of the Department of Public Instruction. It was then known as the State Institute of Education (SIE), and it originally started functioning from the northern district town of Dharwad in 1964. This unit was later shifted to Bangalore and the other academic units of the department of public instruction – State Institute of Science (SIS), State Educational Evaluation Unit (SEEU) and Educational Vocational Guidance Bureau (EVG), were merged in 1975 to form a single monolithic Department of State Educational Research and Training.

DSERT Structure

The DSERT is headed by a departmental officer of the rank of a Director of Public Instruction. The Director is assisted by Joint Director in all his academic and administrative duties. Apart from Joint Director, 2 Deputy Directors and 14 Senior Assistant Directors along with their staff function from various sections of DSERT. CTEs, Govt. TTIs, Aided D.Ed Colleges and DIETs, -- District Institutes of Education & Training, functioning under DSERT are situated across the state carry forward the objectives and activities of DSERT to massive teacher community. DSERT is under the administrative control of Commissioner of Public Instructions and Secretariat of Primary and Secondary Education Department. www.dsert.kar.nic.in is the official web site of this department.

DSERT Objectives & Activities

  1. Enhancing the quality of education in primary and secondary schools in the state.
  2. Management of teacher education in the state (both pre service and in service education) both at the elementary education and secondary education levels
  3. Management of Government Colleges of teacher education, District Institutes of Education and Training and other Government teacher training institutions.
  4. Promoting Science Education in the state.
  5. Designing and implementing in service teacher training courses in content, pedagogy, innovative methods like theatre in education, use of low cost and no cost teaching learning materials in schools, etc.
  6. Making Satellite based training programmes.
  7. Encouraging the talent of the students through scholarships
  8. Having found the teaching needs of High School teachers, enhancing the teaching skills of teachers
  9. Accelerating the learning abilities of the students studying in Govt. Schools.
  10. Bringing about a better change in educational quality of Teacher Training Institutes.
  11. Through Art Research Center of DSERT, organizing the exhibitions / seminars to student – teacher community of High Schools on Applications of Art, New Explorations of Art and Action Research.
  12. Usage of technology in education.


Telecast of video lessons under EDUSAT programme is being implemented in collaboration with ISRO since 2004-05. The programme is being implemented in five districts, Bangalore Rural, Chamarajanagar, Kalburgi, Ramanagar and Yadagiri. This programme is being implemented in 2547 schools from Class IV to Class VIII in the current academic year.

DSERT Teachers Training -Unit (PMU-1)

Teacher Trainng - The project ‘IT@Schools in Karnataka’ is one of the most significant part of ‘Technology Assisted Learning Programme’ (TALP), a cap name for all the technology assisted training programmes being carried out by the DSERT. TALP is being implemented from 2016-17 and intents to cover all Primary, Secondary & Pre-University Colleges in next 5 years. IT@Schools project intends to enable every primary, secondary and higher secondary schools’ teacher in ICT skills to not only use in their activities of facilitating the learning, but also to rejuvenate their professional attitudes and to create their own e-resources for their teaching-learning activities.

DSERT in association with Ajim Premji Foundation (APF) has created task guides and 143 videos in Kannada utilizing some resource teachers based on the ‘ICT teacher curriculum’ prepared by CIET. These resources were utilized for Induction-1 training during 2016-17.

The State is carrying out these training with the guidance and encouragement of CIET-NCERT, New Delhi. State has adopted the ICT Curriculum for Teachers prepared by CIET and using their ICT web portal called https://ictcurriculum.gov.in

This training programme contains 3 stages as follows:
Stage 1: Induction-1 a 10 days face to face training where they get used to basic skills of computer hardware, software, internet and office suits.

Stage 2: Refresher Course-1 a 10 days face to face training where they learn about various tools and apps for creating e-resources.

Stage 3: Refresher Course-2 a very short duration online training where they learn about cyber security and internet safety measures.

Each stage has Certification and after completing all these 3 stages and an eligibility test by CIET, teachers will be awarded a Diploma degree by CIET-NCERT, New Delhi called ‘Diploma in ICT in Education – Basic’.

DSERT D.El.Ed Section

  1. Implementation of curriculum and syllabus of D.El.Ed course.
  2. Academic and administrative related issues of aided and unaided D.El.Ed Institutions.
  3. Planning Academic activities based on the NCTE Guidelines.
  4. Orgainsing need based trainings/workshops in prescribed subjects of D.El.Ed course.
  5. Academic and administrative issues of newly started Diploma in pre school education (DPSE) English medium course and D.El.Ed English medium course in Government teacher training institutions.
  6. Academic and administrative issues of NIOS online 2 years D.El.Ed Course (2017-19)for inservice untrained teachers teaching classes 1 to 8
  7. No.of Teachers enrolled for D.El.Ed Course :3674
    No.of Study Centres :53
    No. of Examination centres :18
  8. Academic and administrative issues of NIOS online 6 months PDPET Course (Oct 2018-March 2019) for inservice B.Ed Qualified teachers teaching classes 6 to 8.
  9. No.of Teachers enrolled for PDPET Course :130
    No.of Study Centres :07
    No. of Examination centres :01

State Educational Resource and Information Center, (SERIC) Sheshadripuram Bengaluru

State Educational Resource and information Center, known as SERIC Library is a wing of DSERT, SERIC library was established on 21.8.1891 vide the Government order No. C.No. 78 dated 21.8.1891 approved by the Mysore Maharaja, His Highness the Chamaraja Wodeyar at Mysore as “ State Educational Library and Museum",is the only of its kind in the country. SERIC Library has milestones of progress from the 1891-2016 .

Department of State Educational Research and Training formed in the year 1964. Earlier it was established as State Institute of Education(SIE) at Dharwad. In the year 1975 shifted to Bangaluru as Department of State Institute of Educational Research and Training( DSERT).

State Institute of Education (SIE) State Institute of Science (SIS) State Educational Evaluation Unit (SEEU) and Educational Vocational Guidance Bureau (EVG)and karnataka Text Books Society Libraries got merged into DSERT Library.

Library is Located on the 2nd Floor of the DSERT Building in a spacious room which is specially meant for library. Library has 23512 collection, which comprises Dictionaries, Encyclopedia, Gazetters, Reports, Books on Education,Science, Mathematics, Socialogy, History, Art etc. Library is also rich in Kannada and English literature.
Library has a collection of karnataka board text books from the year 1965 and also publications published by DSERT which comprises training modules, project reports, guidelines, Teacher's handbook, Manuals,Survey Reports, Annual Reports Seminar and Conference procedings and Source Books.

DSERT Contact Details

4,100 ft ring road BSK, 3RD Stage
Hosakerehalli, Bangalore 560085
Email: dpi.dsert-ka@nic.in / dpi.dsert@gmail.com

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