The State Institute of Education (SIE), Jammu came into existence in August,1975. It is an apex Institute that looks over teacher training, pedagogy, methodology, planning and management of Education Department. The mandate of SIE is to advise and assist the State Education Department in formulating and implementation of policies and programs in the field of education. SIE, Jammu deputes Key Resource Persons to the National and Regional level Educational Institutes like NCERT, NUEPA, IGNOU New Delhi, RIE Ajmer, RIE Chandigarh, CCRT and these Key Resource Persons in turn prepare Resource Persons for conducting various training programs that are organized by SIE and DIETs of Jammu division for teachers and masters during summer and winter vacations. The institute keeps close liaison with organization like J & K State Board of Education, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, Rashtriya Madhyamic Shiksha Abhiyan, Institute of Management, Planning and Administration, Jammu, etc.
Workshops and seminars on various current topics related to knowledge and concepts like Global Warming, Disaster Management, AIDS Awareness, Quality Management, Women Empowerment, Right to Information, Right to Education, Conflict Analysis and Peace Education are conducted by SIE. This is for creating awareness among the members of teaching fraternity and the students about the emerging trends in the field of Education. Apart from this, organization of Book Fair, conduct of Middle Standard Examination, conduct of test for admission to Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) and organization of Divisional Level National Science Exhibition and Divisional Level Science Exhibition under INSPIRE award Scheme are the regular activities of SIE. The purpose of these activities is to develop scientific temper among the students and create awareness about the challenges in the field of education.
State Institute of Education (SIE) was established in Mid 60’s for qualitative improvement of elementary education. Its functions comprised organization of in-service training for teachers and supervisory personnel, Extension activities, research and publication of instructional material, subsequently in course of time, State Institute was set up to provide academic support to the school education in areas of growing importance like Science Education, Educational Technology, English Language teaching etc. and specific areas of concern like examination reform, evaluation, Educational and vocational guidance etc.
As the number of institutions meant for providing academic support to the school system increases need for co-ordination among them arose. The then Ministry of Education and Social Welfare recommended in 1973 that all such existing institutions be merged into a single organization to be called the State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT) like the SIE, the SCERT was also primarily intended to pay special attention to universalizing of Primary education, though it also concerned itself with other stages of school education.
At present there are SCERT in 25 states and State Institute of Education (SIEs) in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir (02), Sikkim, Andaman & Nicobar Island, Uttar Pradesh and Chandigarh (NCERT 2009).
In Sept.1978, the State Institute of Education was reorganized to cater to the growing needs of School Education both at elementary and secondary levels. The following three Institutes were amalgamated for this purpose:
In the re-organized setup the following wings and units were created in each division of the State Institute of Education at Jammu and Srinagar Vide Govt. Order No. 1670-Edu- of 1978 dated 16-09-1978.
SIEs have to play a lead academic institution role at the state level providing support to DIETs and also engaging in educational research and training. They would also provide policy advice to state governments, support implementation and undertake programmes for quality improvement in school education and teacher education.
The primary objective of the state institute of education, Jammu as an apex organization is to improve the quality of school education .It has to bring together professional persons of competence who will devote themselves to the task of bringing about improvement in school education through research, pre-service and in-service training, introduction of new methods of teaching and evaluation, and the preparation of teaching materials, identification and development of talent and preparation of teaching materials etc.
Moreover, the state institute of education is to adopt and implement in the state, the latest techniques and developments evolved at the national level.
The State Institute of Education Jammu has to establish a close working relationship with the District institutes of education located in the Jammu division for better and desired outcomes. These institutes come under the administrative control of State Institute of Education Jammu and have to function in unison under the overall control of the Directorate of School Education Jammu.
To grow into a premier institute of resource, research, educational technology and skill development in the field of teacher education.