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National Institute of Open Schooling

The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), formerly National Open School, (name changed in 2002) is the board of education under the Union Government of India. It was established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development of the Government of India in 1989[1] to provide education to all segments of society under the motive to increase literacy and aimed forward for flexible learning. The NIOS is a national board that administers examinations for Secondary and Senior Secondary examinations similar to the CBSE and the CISCE. It also offers vocational courses after the high school.

National Institute of Open Schooling
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NIOS logo
AbbreviationNIOS
Formation1989
TypeGovernmental Board of Education
HeadquartersNoida, Uttar Pradesh, India
Official language
Chairman
Prof C B Sharma
Parent organisation
Ministry of Human Resource Development
Websitewww.nios.ac.in

Nios had a cumulative enrollment of about 1.5 million students from 2004 to 2009 at secondary and senior secondary levels and enrolls about 350,000 students annually which makes it the largest open schooling system in the world.[2]

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International collaboration and overseas centresEdit

The NIOS collaborates with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and UNESCO.[3] It also has study centres for Indian expatriates in the Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Nepal, Canada, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore and the United States of America.[4]

Courses offeredEdit

NIOS offer the following courses:[citation needed]

  • Open Basic Education Programme, which includes following three levels courses
    • OBE 'A' Level course—Equivalent to class III
    • OBE 'B' Level course—Equivalent to class V
    • OBE 'C' Level course—Equivalent to class VIII
  • Secondary Course—Equivalent to class X
  • Senior Secondary Course—Equivalent to class XII
  • Vocational Education Courses
  • Life enrichment programmes
  • D.EL.ED. course

ExaminationsEdit

The public examinations are held twice a year in April–May and October–November on dates fixed by the NIOS. However, one is also eligible to appear through the On Demand Examinations at Secondary Level and Senior Secondary level in those subjects only in which candidates have taken admission in NIOS for subject wise learning.[5] Results of the public examinations are announced usually six weeks after the last date of examinations.

Regional offices of the boardEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "National Institute Of Open Schooling". Nos.org. 19 February 2012. Archived from the original on 7 March 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  2. ^ "pub_PS_OpenSchooling_web" (PDF). Col.org. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  3. ^ "International Centre for Training in Open Schooling". Nos.org. 16 November 1945. Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  4. ^ Majumdar Sahil, Pallavi (15 October 2002). "Open school for UAE expats". Times of India. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Evaluation System". NIOS. Retrieved 9 July 2013.

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