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The Nirmala Institute of Education Panaji Goa, a Secondary Teacher Education College was established in 1963 by the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary in response to the then urgent need for trained teachers in post liberation Goa. The main goal of the Nirmala Institute of Education at that time was to provide the pedagogical bases for educational expansion through formal teacher education. This college, initially affiliated to the Bombay University, grew into a highly respected institution providing pre- and in-service teacher education to thousands of teachers. In 1985 it was affiliated to the newly established Goa University. Forty-six years from its inception the College continues to serve the community with dedication. It offers a variety of courses in Education Through the College, efforts have always been made to conscientize the Teacher-trainees and make them aware of the religious, social and economic situation of the Country.
Within the campus the Institute has two hostels available for students (ladies) Nirmala Instituteof Education has identified a need to teach trainees the necessary skills for computer assisted learning so as to facilitate a renewal of the educational system in Goa towards learner directed classrooms away from the teacher directed factory schooling model. To this end Nirmala Institute of Education has invested substantially in a computer facility with the best there is to offer in hardware, software and computer training modules. This is a part of the ongoing commitment of the Institute to provide a client-driven service.
The Nirmala Education Society, which is the body that manages Nirmala Institute of Education provides other Educational Services and these include :
- The Nirmala Kindergaten.
- Prabodhan Kendra ( Guidance & Counselling Centre).
- The Child Line Nodal Centre.