The Central Institute of Educational Technology (acronym CIET) is an autonomous organization, formed as a nodal agency under the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for promoting the use of mass media technology for expanding and improving the quality of education at the school level. The Institute is funded by the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India.
The Central Institute of Educational Technology (CIET) was established in 1984 by the Ministry of Human Resources Development of Government of India, under the umbrella of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). The Institute is located at NIE Campus, NCERT in New Delhi, and the capital of India. The origin of the Institute was effected by merging two departments of NCERT, Centre for Educational Technology and Department of Teaching Aids, with an aim to make the new age technologies in mass media available at the school level. The activities of the Institute are centred on the branches of media such as radio, television, movies, satellite communications and cyber media.
CIET is involved in various activities such as design, development and dissemination of alternative learning systems, promotion of Educational Technology, training of personnel in Educational Technology, coordination of activities of its subsidiaries like the State Institutes of Education Technology (SIET) and consultancy and media support to other constituents of NCERT.
The Institute is housed in a spacious building with open courtyards, amphitheatre, two television studios, two sound studios, technical control rooms, workshop, seminar rooms, rehearsal areas and projection facilities, library, canteen, administrative areas and artists' studios, the Institute also provides courses in education at bachelors, masters and doctoral levels.
The department is the production hub of CIET for audio related programs for broadcast and non-broadcast uses. The department also provides educational content for Gyan Vani FM channel, for broadcast through its stations in Delhi, Lucknow, Bhopal, Patna, Indore, Mumbai, Jaipur and Allahabad. The programs are aimed at on-going learning for children, by providing a class room ambience away from schools. It caters to the requirement of students from 3 to 16 years of age and also assists teachers for obtaining curricular study materials not elaborated in the text books.