Last Updated: 16 July 2010

The Department

It is absolutely essential to strengthen the secondary stage by providing greater access, quality, equity and relevance in a significant way guided by expansion, inclusion and excellence as the overarching principles in our efforts to revamp the schools in India. Encouraged by the success of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA), there will be a huge demand for secondary education. Therefore, it is necessary and desirable that access to quality secondary education is universalized leading to enhanced participation and success.

Government of India has launched Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyaan (RMSA) to achieve the universalisation of secondary education. RMSA framework envisages NCERT as a nodal agency to implement quality concerns of RMSA in achieving the goal of universalisation of quality secondary education.

The Secondary Education Group (SEG) was established in NCERT w.e.f. 15th April 2010 vide letter no F.1-2/2010/E.I, to address all the aspects of Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan viz. setting up 6000 model schools, up-gradation of the exiting upper primary schools into secondary schools, strengthening the existing secondary schools, quality of teachers, up-gradation of KGBV, IEDC, vocational education, and also curriculum issues.

The Secondary Education Group was upgraded into Department of Secondary Education (DSE) vide letter no F.9-3/2010-(C&P) Part File dated Nov. 26, 2010 with the approval of the MHRD (vide letter no. F.1-21/2010-Sch.4 dated Nov. 24th, 2010).