As DIETs are meant to be Nodal Institutions for improving Quality of Elementary Education in the district, their role and functions are categorised as under-

1. Conducting Training and Orientation Programmes:

(i) To conduct training programmes for In-Service Elementary (Primary and Middle) School Teachers and Pre-School Teachers.

(ii) To conduct Pre -Service Teacher Education Training Course for Elementary (Primary and Middle ) School Teachers.

(iii) To organize especially designed courses for Headmasters, Officers of the Education Department upto Block Level, Members of the Village Education Committees (VECs), Community Leaders, elected Heads of the Panchayati Raj Institutions, Block and Cluster Resource Co-ordinators etc.

(iv) Conducting In-Service training for Secondary and Senior Secondary Teachers (ie. High School and Higher Secondary School Teachers)

2. Academic and Resource Support:

DIETs in their role as Resource Institutions are expected to actively involve in the following activities:

(i) Preparation of district plans for UEE.

(ii) Development of district specific curricular and teaching learning material.

(iii) To provide support to Block Resource Centres and Cluster Resource Centres.

(iv) To act as evaluation centres for elementary schools and programmes of UEE.

(v) To provide academic support.

(vi) Act as District Resource Centres.

(vii) Providing Resource Support to Non-Formal education by extending DIET expertise in developing Curriculum and Supplementary learning materials to Adult learners.

3. Action Research:

(i) DIETs are also espected to actively engage in Action Research and Experimentation for an improved understanding of Elementary Education in the district. This enables them to tackle specific problems of the district for achieving the objectives of UEE.

(ii) Facilitating collaborative Action Researches to enable practising teachers to address clasroom issues.