National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS): Precise Information

Setting up of NIOS

  • Started as a project on "Open Schooling" under the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in 1978.
  • Established in 1989 as the National Open School (NOS) by the Govt. of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). In 1990, the Govt. of India through a Gazette notification vested NOS with the authority to examine and certify learners registered with it up to Pre-Degree level Courses.
  • Re-christened as the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) in July 2002.

Regional Centres

Allahabad, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Kochi, Patna, Pune, Dehradun, Bhubaneswar, Bengaluru, Gandhinagar, Raipur, Chennai and Ranchi(Sub Regional Centre as Darbhanga, Vishakapatnam)

Number of Study Centres (as on 30th September , 2013)

  1. Academic (AIs) : 3827
  2. Vocational (AVIs) : 1830
  3. U.A.E, Nepal, Kuwait, Qatar & Muscat (AIs & AVIs) : 23+4=27
  4. Open Basic Education (OBE) (AAs) : 690

The Study Centres are known as Accredited Institutions (AIs) for Academic Courses, Accredited Vocational Institutions (AVIs) for Vocational Education Courses and Accredited Agencies (AAs) for Open Basic Education (OBE) courses.

Enrolment

Year Academic Vocational OBE Others
2012-13 511238 28035 20267 8100 Dl.Ed.
2011-12 493534 26354 34394 2057 (Hunar Delhi-II)
2010-11 458055 22779 36325 24776 (Hunar Bihar & Delhi)
2009-10 419708 19073 34313 3018 (PTTI)
2008-09 372525 22343 48337 13768 (HUNAR Bihar)
Total 2254604 118584 173636 51719
Cumulative Enrolment 2598543 (Above 2.59 Million)
  • Secondary - 46%
    Senior Seconadry - 49%
    Vocational - 5%
  • NIOS is the largest Open Schooling System in the world.
  • Admission in NIOS is 100% Online for Sec. (10th), Sr.Sec. (12th), Round the year with cut off Dates

Courses Offered

  • Open Basic Education (OBE) (A level, B level, C level equivalent to Class III, V, VIII respectively of formal Education) courses are offered through Accredited Agencies (AAs).
  • Secondary - leading to Secondary School Certificate.
  • Sr. Secondary - leading to Senior Secondary School Certificate.
  • Open Vocational Education.
  • Life Enrichment Programmes.

Highlights and flexibilities

  • Freedom to choose subjects; continuous assessment through Tutor Marked Assignments (TMA).
  • Facility of On Line Registration for Admission and Examination Credit accumulation facility;
  • 9 chances in 5 Years to complete a course;
  • Provision of Re-admission after 5 years.
  • Learning support through Personal Contact Programme (PCP);
  • Transfer of credits (up to 2 subject) from some other Boards.
  • Media Programmes are telecast and broadcast.

Study Materials

  • Printed Self Instructional study materials supported by Audio- Video programmes. A half yearly Magazine "Open Learning" is also provided to the learners.

Mediums of Instruction

  • Hindi, English, Urdu, Marathi, Telugu, Gujarati and Malayalam mediums at Secondary stage.
  • Hindi, English, Urdu mediums at Sr. Secondary stage.
  • Freedom to write reply in any schedule language.

Sanctioned Staff strength: 394

Budget (2012-2013)

  • Plan Rs. 2.79 Crore
  • Non-Plan Rs. 139.16 Crore

Certification

Year Secondary (Class X) Sr. Secondary (Class XII) Vocational OBE
2008-09 103410 95213 13784 30547
2009-10 120739 114893 13438 52414
2010-11 137993 137129 14210 32784
2011-12 127023 133316 12154 20623
2012-13 139647 155647 16981 16792

Total No. of learners certified since 1991(Sec.+ Sr.Sec. +Voc)= 2984206

Total No. of learners certified under OBE = 472428

  • Conducts examination twice a year in Apr-May and Oct-Nov.
  • On-Demand Examination at Secondary & Sr. Secondary level at the NIOS, Headquarter and at all the Regional Centre

National Consortium for Open Schooling

  • NIOS provides Professional support to States to set up and develop State Open Schools particularly with Regional Mediums. The secretariat of NCOS in located in NIOS.
  • State Open Schools (SOSs) have been set up in 17 states viz., Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala,Jammu &Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat and Bihar.

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Commonwealth Open Schooling Association (COMOSA)

Contact us

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