Directorate of Adult Education originated from National Fundamental Education Centre (NFEC), which was set up by Govt. of India in the year 1956. This Centre was renamed as Department of Adult Education and made part of the National Institute of Education under the N.C.E.R.T. in 1961. Following the Government’s thrust on adult education resulting in substantial increase in adult education activities/programmes in the country, this department separated from N.C.E.R.T. and was given an independent identity in the year 1971.For sometime, it was also known as Directorate of Non-Formal (Adult) Education and ultimately the Directorate of Adult Education. Over the years, the Directorate has considerably expanded both in size and coverage of activities in the field of adult education/literacy. At present this Directorate enjoys the status of a subordinate office under the Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India.
T The main functions of Directorate of Adult Education are as follows:
- Provide academic and technical resource support to National Literacy Mission.
- Prepare guidelines for development of teaching-learning materials.
- Organize training and orientation programmes.
- Monitor the progress and status of literacy campaigns and to provide regular feedback to National Literacy Mission.
- Produce media materials and harnessing of all kinds of media i.e. electronic, print, traditional and folk media for furtherance of the objectives of National Literacy Mission.
- Provide of regular feed back to the NLM about the findings of concurrent and external evaluations of literacy campaigns conducted through social science research institutions.
- Coordination, collaboration and networking with all the Zila Saksharta Samitis, State Literacy Mission Authorities, State Resource Centres, Jan Shikshan Sansthans and other institutions / agencies for continuous improvement of content and process of adult education programmes on behalf of NLM.