National Institute of Educational planning & Administration (NIEPA/NUEPA)
The National Institute/University of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA/NUEPA) occupies a unique position in the network of educational institutions in India, with its functions covering a broad spectrum of academic having both domestic and international ramifications. The genesis of NIEPA’s evolutionary journey dates back to February 1962 when the Asian Regional Centre for Educational Planners, Administrators and Supervisors was established by UNESCO under an agreement signed by the UN Agency and the Government of India. The principal functions of the Centre were to conduct research on the problems related to educational planning, administration and school supervision as well as conduct short term training programmes for educational planners, administrators and school supervisors in Asia an offer technical assistance to member-states. Subsequently, with effect from April 1, 1965, the fledgling Centre was rechristened as the Asian Institute of Educational Planning and Administration. The taking over of the Asian Institute by the Government of India at the end of a 10-year agreement between it and the UNESCO paved the way for its transformation into the National Staff College for Educational Planners and Administrators in 1970. This college was restructured and re-registered as National Institute o Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) on May 31, 1979, with an expanded mandate.
In recognition of the important work being done by it in the area of educational policy, planning and administration, NIEPA was conferred in 2006 the status of a ‘deemed to be university’ under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 and was renamed as National University of Educational Planning and Administration with the power to award degrees. Because of the Supreme Court of India decision, NUEPA recently again become NIEPA but is still a full-fledged deemed to be University offering PhD programmes.
Past Directors & Vice-Chancellors of NIEPA/NUEPA
In the past, NIEPA/NUEPA was headed by eminent educationists as its Director and VC, such as Prof. M. V. Mathur, Prof. Munis Raza, Prof. Satya Bhushan, Prof. Kuldeep Mathur, Prof. B. P. Khandelwal, Prof. Pradeep Kumar Joshi, Prof. Ved Prakash, and Prof. R. Govinda. Prof. N. V. Varghese is the outgoing Vice-Chancellor of NIEPA; before becoming VC of NIEPA, Prof. Varghese was the Director of one of the Centres of NIEPA, namely the Centre for Policy Research in Higher Education. Except for two times, the internal faculty members were not the Director/Vice-Chancellor of NIEPA/NUEPA, New Delhi.
Shri Mahesh Chandra Pant, Retired Director of Education in Uttarakhand, is the Chancellor of NIEPA & Prof. Sudhanshu Bhusan, Head of the Higher Education Department, is currently the Vice-Chancellor (I/c).
About Shala Siddhi
Shala Siddhi is an assessment framework introduced by the Government of India in 2015. The framework was designed to evaluate the performance of schools across the country and identify areas where improvements could be made. Shala Siddhi aims to create a culture of self-improvement in schools by encouraging them to engage in continuous evaluation and feedback.
The Shala Siddhi framework has been developed to improve the quality of education in India. The framework is based on the belief that every school has the potential to improve and that this potential can be unlocked through effective evaluation and feedback. The framework consists of eight domains covering all aspects of school performance. These domains include academic performance, infrastructure and facilities, student welfare, and teacher training and development.
One of the critical features of Shala Siddhi is that it is a self-assessment framework. This means that schools are encouraged to evaluate their performance using the framework as a guide. Schools are provided with guidelines and tools to help them conduct their self-assessments. These tools include questionnaires, checklists, and feedback forms designed to help schools identify their strengths and weaknesses.
Once a school has completed its self-assessment, it must develop an action plan to address areas where improvement is needed. The action plan is designed to be a practical and achievable document that outlines specific steps the school will take to improve its performance. The plan is reviewed and updated regularly to ensure progress is made and the school is on track to achieve its goals.
Shala Siddhi is designed to be a collaborative process involving all school community members. This includes teachers, students, parents, and administrators. By involving all stakeholders in the assessment process, Shala Siddhi aims to create a culture of ownership and accountability where everyone is committed to improving the school’s performance.
The Shala Siddhi frame
- work has been widely adopted across India and has improved the quality of education in many schools. The framework has been particularly effective in rural areas, where schools have traditionally struggled to provide quality education. By providing schools with a clear roadmap for improvement, Shala Siddhi has helped to transform many schools and has enabled them to provide a better education for their students.Shala Siddhi is an innovative assessment framework that has been instrumental in improving India’s education quality. The framework is based on the belief that every school has the potential to improve and that this potential can be unlocked through effective evaluation and feedback. By encouraging schools to engage in continuous evaluation and feedback, Shala Siddhi has created a culture of self-improvement where schools are committed to providing the best possible education for their students.
Shala Siddhi framework is located in the Department of School and Non-formal Education at the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) under the leadesrship of Prof. Pranati Panda. The department is responsible for research, training, and capacity building in school, non-formal, and adult education. Prof. Panda has made significant contributions to the field of education through her research, publications, and advocacy work. Her research interests include educational planning and management, school effectiveness and improvement, teacher education, and gender and education. She has published numerous papers, articles, and book chapters in national and international journals and books.
Apart from the Profile of each member of the NIEPA Faculty on its website, NIEPA recently brought out a brochure presenting profile of all of its faculty members.
The NIEPA is a premier organization for capacity building and research in educational planning and administration in India. The faculty at NIEPA is highly qualified and experienced in various fields related to education.
The faculty at NIEPA comprises experts in the areas of education policy, planning, administration, leadership, economics, sociology, statistics, and psychology; many of them have served in senior positions in various educational organizations in India and abroad.
The faculty members at NIEPA are actively engaged in research, teaching, and policy advocacy in the field of education. They regularly publish research papers, books, and reports, and participate in national and international seminars. They also provide technical assistance and consultancy services to government and non-government organizations in the area of education planning and administration.
Overall, the NIEPA faculty is a highly dedicated and accomplished group of educators who are committed to improving the quality of education in India and beyond.
- NIEPA-NUEPA at Glance 2017
- Report of Training Programme on Using Indicators in Planning Elementary Education
- Diploma in Educational Planning & Administration (DEPA:) Curricular Guide
- Diploma in Educational Planning & Administration (DEPA): Curricular Guide, 2009-10
- Curriculum Guide: International Diploma in Educational Planning & Administration (IDEPA, NUEPA), 2015
- Handbook: Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Planning & Administration (PGDEPA, NUEPA), 2015
- Modules for Quantitative Analysis of Educational Data
- State Institutes of Educational Management and Training (SIMAT)
- National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT)
- District Institutes of Educational Training (DIET)
Compared to similar institutions, such as the NCERT, NIEPA is in terms of infrastructure, and Faculty & Staff is a small institute. Initially, UNESCO built up the building consisting of the Ground and the First Floor of the institute, to which the second and the third floors were subsequently added. Even though NIEPA has become deemed to be a university, it still functions from its main building. During the regime of Dr. R. Govinda, Former Vice-Chancellor of NIEPA, additional land was allocated for a new building opposite the existing NIEPA Hostel in the NCERT Campus on the Sri Aurobindo Marg. It is good that the construction of the new building is likely to be initiated soon, which, when completed, gives NIEPA a 7-story building equipped with all the modern infrastructure.
Its library is located on the First Floor of the NIEPA’s main building, which is said to be the top library in educational planning and management. The Documentation Centre and its digital archives are located on the Second floor, which is unique because of its collection of reports, and documents that are cataloged state-wise.
NIEPA has its own Data Centre, which is located on the Third Floor; most of its websites are hosted on its servers. NIEPA Computer Centre is on the third floor and exclusively used by its Project Staff. Each NIEPA Faculty has been provided a Desk Top Computer and many also LapTops. Most of the NIEPA administrative staff members also have access to computers and the Internet. The entire NIEPA building and its 7-storied Hostel are equipped with high-speed Internet connectivity.
NIEPA has two Lecture Halls, which are equipped with all modern facilities. Though its building is small in size, its building is witnessed important activities concerning the development of the National Policy of Education, 1986, in the formulation of which its faculty, under the dynamic leadership of its Former Director, the Late Professor Satya Bhushan, played an important role. In the later years, NIEPA was known for its role in developing and nurturing DISE/Unified DISE, which acquired the status of the Official Statistics in 2012-13.