The Regional Institute of English (RIE) was established in 1963 under a scheme of the Government of India to address the educational needs of Chandigarh, Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. Located in the midst of educational institutions, it offers a conducive atmosphere for learning. The functioning of the Institute is within the purview of the Chandigarh Administration.
The Institute has been working in close collaboration with the English and Foreign Languages University (EFL-U), Hyderabad under a Government of India Scheme and also with state governments, CBSE, Panjab University, NCERT, USIEF, the British Council and RELO, New Delhi for various research projects and training programs from time to time.
Since its inception, RIE has been attending to teacher education needs for the benefit of from Primary to Undergraduate level students by organizing In-service programs for teachers with postgraduate in English. A pioneer institute in using the multimedia-based techniques in teaching English, RIE has benefited more than 15,000 teachers in the last five years. Having enlarged its scope of activities, three new courses were introduced in 2010-11 at the institute. The Institute introduced MA English in affiliation with Panjab University, Chandigarh in 2010, a 120-hour course in Personal Development for students of UT Administration colleges, CTOSS for UT Administration schools. The institute was also engaged in an international teacher-training program – AUSEP – a four-week teacher-education course in ELT, for Afghan undergraduates/graduates in collaboration with Asia Foundation, New Delhi.
In the year 2016 -17, another in-service course for the teachers of English of Chandigarh Administration was introduced to give training to teachers for their continuous professional development. In this course, teachers stay affiliated to the institute for 8 months to improve their teaching skills through trying out in their schools what they learn at the institute and report their success/failure of the methodology internalized at the institute on their subsequent visit to RIE.
The Regional Institute of English has a reputation for excellence in teacher- training and material production in the field of English Language Teaching. The institute has also ventured into the areas of Skill Development and Disaster Management since 2017. The faculty is engaged in constantly updating the curriculum of the courses to meet the changing needs of teacher- training and to provide teachers with specialized content relevant to professional and personal success in a rapidly changing world.