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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. The course will be offered both in distance and face-to-face modes.

The course aims at enhancing the skills and competencies of teachers to promote holistic development of pupils and handle their academic, socio-emotional, and ethical problems. The course is open to teachers, teacher educators, school administrators and untrained guidance personnel from India.

The course will be transacted in three phases, i.e. distance (six months; January–June, 2022), face-to-face contact programme at respective study centres (three months; July–September, 2022), and internship in home town/workplace (three months; October–December, 2022). Admission to eligible candidates will be offered at DEPFE, NCERT, New Delhi and Regional Institutes of Education at Ajmer, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Mysuru and Shillong. The maximum number of seats at each centre will be 50.

As per the NCERT notification, Government deputed candidates will be preferred. Advance copy will be considered for screening of applications. The last date for submission of online application form is November 5, 2021.


-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.

-Minimum percentage of marks for all target groups is 50% (5% relaxation for SC/ST).

Course fee Course fee to be paid by different categories of candidates is:

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.

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