Initially all the stages of education including Medical and Technical were under the control of a single state level organisation which was popularly known as Director of Public Instruction (DPI). This Directorate was created in 1874. Subsequently, separate structures have been created for different stages of education, such as Medical and Technical and the DPI was looking after the general education only. On 5th September 1975, the Elementary Education has been separated from the DPI and a separate Directorate has been created on 7.7.77 for Elementary Education. Thereafter, the DPI was responsible only for Secondary and Higher Education. But on 29th March 1985, the State Government vide its notification No. AR. 20/85/1, the Secondary stage has again been separated by creating a new Directorate for Secondary Education and post of the then DPI has been re-designated as Director of Higher Education. So, the present structure of the Directorate of Secondary Education, Assam has been continuing since 29th March 1985.
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