Vikash Sharma

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has announced a one-year Diploma course for training of professionals in guidance and counselling, combining distance and face-to-face modes.

The courses aims at enhancing skills and competencies of teachers which will help holistic development of pupils and handle their academic, socio-emotional, and ethical problems.

The course will be transacted in three phases, i.e. distance (six months- January – June, 2023), face-to-face contact programme at respective study centres (three months- July – September, 2023), and internship in home town (three months- October – December, 2023).

The last date for submission of online application form is November 12, 2022.

Earlier, the NCERT had issued guidelines to schools for early identification of mental health problems in students.


In-service teachers– graduates with teaching degree.

Candidates ‘presently not working’ – graduation with teaching degree and at least two years of teaching or related experience.

Postgraduates in psychology /education /social work / child development/special education. Preference will be given to those with at least one year of teaching or related experience.

Number of seats: Maximum 50 per study centre. Reservations apply as per the Government of India norms.

Course fee

Government deputed from centrally funded organisations: Rs 19,500

Government deputed from State/UT departments: Rs 6,000

Private candidates: Rs 30,000

The expenditure for boarding and lodging during contact programme will have to be borne by the candidates. However, facilities for the same will be available for non-local candidates.

For other details, visit the official NCERT website.