About Us

The District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) was envisioned in the NPE 1986 as third level (District level) institution to support academic functions especially in academic planning and teacher empowerment programs and strengthen the quality of elementary teacher education through innovative pre-service and in-service education as well as non formal education in the district. DIETs were established in all the 14 districts of Kerala by 1992. They played a vital role in energizing elementary education through innovative and decentralized programs. The mission of DIET stated in the Guideline, 1989 issued by the MHRD is to provide academic resource and support at the grass root level for the success of various strategies and programs being undertaken in areas of elementary and adult education. 

The main functions of the DIETs according to the Guideline are: 

• Training (both induction level and in-service education)

 • Resource support (extension/guidance, development of materials aids and evaluation) 

•  Research & Action Research

   District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) Thrissur is one of the First  DIETs of Kerala which began in the year 1989. It stands nestled in an idyllic locale named Ramavarmapuram in Thrissur district, the Cultural Capital of Kerala. It functions as a nodal agency for providing academic and resources support in the district at grassroots levels for the success of various interventions and programs undertaken from pre-primary to higher secondary levels.

     The Department of General Education, Government of Kerala and MHRD adopt a very proactive approach, providing infrastructural facilities through regular installation and up-gradation of facilities in the campus to facilitate the smooth implementation of the teaching-learning procedure and help to acquire excellence in the field of Academic Intervention in Education.

Revised Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Teacher Education (CSSTE), 2012.

 Based on the 12th Plan Approach Paper and the Recommendations from the comprehensive evaluation study of CSSTE by the NCERT in 2008-09, the Scheme for DIET was revised for the 12th Plan. 

Institutional Vision

    The vision for the DIETs that was articulated in the NPE 1986(modified in 1992) was for a strong district institution that would support Pre service and In-service work with teachers (clause 9.6) at the elementary education level. The core institutional focus of a DIET is Continuous Teacher Professional Development, which would directly/indirectly impact on school improvement programs.

  Key Activities and Functions 

Pre-service Teacher Education (PSTE) 

Direct Field Interventions and School Improvement

 In-service teacher education (ISTE)

 Studies on Education

 Annual Academic Planning and Review 

Resource Centre/ Teacher Learning Center and Material Development  

  Linkages of DIETs with the schemes of SSA, RMSA and Samagra Shiksha

    The core institutional focus of a DIET was Continuous Teacher Professional Development, which would directly/indirectly impact on school improvement programs. 

     One of the major objectives of Samagra Shiksha is strengthening and upgradation of State Councils of Educational Research and Training (SCERTs)/ State Institutes of Education (SIEs) and District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) as nodal agencies for teacher training. Accordingly, provisions are provided for strengthening of Physical Infrastructure, Establishment of new DIETs, Salaries for Teacher Educators, and Technology Support to Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs) such as SCERTs, DIETs and BITEs, Annual Grant for TEIs, Programme and Activities including Faculty Development, Specific Projects for Research activities.

  National Education Policy 2020 and DIETs 

      With the recommendations of the National Education Policy 2020, the role of DIETs is envisaged to be critical in providing quality Pre-service and In-service teacher training to student trainees and in-service teachers. The NEP has further envisaged that DIETs, BITEs, BRCs and CRCs will become vibrant institutes of excellence under SCERT. It is also expected that DIET’s role be expanded to cover secondary schools as well, instead of only elementary schools at present, especially after the introduction of 5+3+3+4 structure in school education under NEP 2020. Para 8.5 (c) of NEP 2020 calls for instituting an effective quality self-regulation or accreditation system for all stages of education including pre-school education - private, public, and philanthropic - to ensure compliance with essential quality standards. It implies that private schools cannot be left to fend for themselves. Hence, DIETs should emerge as a robust unit for professional development of teachers and models for the other private institutions in the districts as well.


  • Provides pre-service training to teacher trainees, including all the latest trends in the field of education.
  • Encourages research base activities like action research and case studies of teacher trainees and teacher educators of the district.
  • Organizes seminars on various subjects in which provision is given to teacher trainees and teacher educators of other institutions.
  • Assists 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.
  • Identifies training needs of elementary teachers in the district, and prepare a perspective plan for meeting such needs.
  • Provides orientation programme for resource persons who would conduct in-service programmes for teachers at other centres in the district (i.e. outside the DIET)
  • Evaluate and monitor the quality and efficacy of in-service programmes held in and outside the DIET, and to strive for their continuous improvement.
  • Provides training to Teacher Educators in tune with the changes that take place in the curriculum and instructional strategies of Teacher Training .
  • Maintains an appropriate database for the district which may be required for various planning.
  • Conducts studies with a view to giving policy advice to educational planners/ administrators.
  • Development of norms, criteria and techniques for evaluation of institutions
  • Provide training for Heads of school Complexes and Block level educational functionaries in P&M, covering areas like leadership, motivation, involving the community, educational administration, finance and accounting, office procedure and planning.
  • Empowers the teachers on the effective utilization of the successful findings of the technology world.
  • Organizes workshops for preparing learning materials which help to impart curriculum effectively.
  • Conducts Action Research, debates and Seminars related to academic and administrative matters.
  • Conducts researches and studies in the field of curriculum, instructional strategies and evaluation.
  • Prepares materials for all subjects up to the second level which smoothes the teaching-learning process.
  • Documents and disseminates all educational activities in the District done by DIET and related to SSA, Jilla Panchayath and other educational agencies.
  • Integrates all activities in the District connected with work experience.
  • Takes leadership in the planning, execution and evaluation of co-curricular activities, especially in the field of work experience.
  • Equips teachers in the primary section, to plan and execute learning activities, integrating the competencies in work experience and core subjects, through teacher training.
  • Develops materials, to transact curricular objectives of work experience, up to std 10.
  • Leads the Adult literacy programmes in this district by giving training to prerakh as a combined effort with District Literacy Mission.
  • Supervises the evaluation process of answer scripts of level and level Examination.
  • Develops learning and training materials for continuing education programmes.
  • Conducts monitoring of all training programmes for adult literates.
  • Maintains the standards of various programmes for adult and continuing education
  • Provides academic support and monitors the inclusive practices in the district.