Obtained his Bachelor’s in Arts (with Education Honours from B.J.B College, Bhubaneswar, Odisha affiliated to Utkal University, Odisha in the year 1989), Masters of Arts in Education (from Punjab University, Chandigarh in the year 1991 – also stood first and won University Gold Medal for academic excellence) and got the degree Masters of Philosophy in Education (from Kurukshetra University, Haryana in 1992) and Doctor of Philosophy in Education (from Kurukshetra University, Haryana in 1998). He has been associated with the education system in India in various capacities. Began his career as a Lecturer in Education in Govt. Women’s College Jeypore, Koraput District, Odisha and specialised in teaching foundation courses at intermediate (10+2) and degree level on Philosophical, Psychological and Sociological foundations of education, designing and organising courses integrating pedagogy into different subjects to students of Education at 10+2, and degree (pass and honours) level. Joined the NCERT as Lecturer in Educational Technology (Training) in 1996, he has diversified his involvement into educational media-particularly radio, television and information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Education. He was promoted as Reader in 2005 and Associate Professor in 2008. Currently Dr. Behera is Professor and Heads the ICTs and Training Division at Central Institute of Educational Technology (CIET) a constituent of NCERT (Since 2011). Dr. Behera is currently working as Joint Director of CIET, NCERT. His major contributions include development of audio-video programmes, management of school broadcasts- UMANG through All India Radio Stations, development of media materials (about 200 radio and TV programmes) design and organisation of Courses and Training in different aspects of Educational Technology (ET) – especially in Script writing, production techniques, instructional design for multimedia programmes, Research Methodology for ICTs in Education, use of ICTs in Education and development of ICT curriculum for schools, associated faculty in Development of National Repository of open Educational Resources (NROER), launching of Online development of National Repository of Open Educational TV programmes on 24x7 DTH Channel SWAYAM PRABHA etc.
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