Central Institute of Education (CIE), now known also as the Department of Education of the University of Delhi, was perhaps the first major institute of professional learning and research in Education that was established since independence. The first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and his first Education Minister, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad took considerable interest in CIE's establishment in 1947 and its activities and progress in those early years. Maulana Azad visualized the function of CIE not merely to "turn out teachers who will be 'model teachers', but to evolve into a research centre for solving new educational problems of the country". Maulana prophesized that CIE would grow into "a beacon light for training institutions of the country". Over these past decades, CIE has indeed grown into a pace-setting institution in Teacher Education and Educational Research. Recognized as the Institute of Advanced Studies in Education (IASE) and having launched the Maulana Azad Centre for Elementary and Social Education (MACESE), CIE has shaped its unique philosophy, which finds reflection in its academic programmes.