Promotion of educational research and research based policy perspectives for qualitative improvement of school education are important concerns of the Division of Educational Research (DER).
The main functions of the Division include:
A standing committee of NCERT, called Educational Research and Innovations Committee (ERIC) acts as a catalyst to promote and support research in priority areas of school and teacher education. The ERIC members include eminent researchers in education and allied disciplines from universities and research institutions and representatives of SIEs and SCERTs. The DER acts as a Secretariat to ERIC and coordinates its activities of promoting educational research. Each proposal received for financial support under ERIC is examined for funding by a sub-committee of ERIC, called Screening-cum- Progress Monitoring Committee (SPMC). The financial support is provided based on the recommendations of the SPMC. The Sub-committee also examines annual progress of each project.
The main activities of the Division are: