State Open School (SOS)

The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) with current enrolment of about thirteen lakh students at Secondary and Senior Secondary stage is the largest open schooling organization in the world. However, it is not possible for NIOS alone to cater to the needs and variations of all regions of a multilingual multicultural country like India. It is difficult for one organisation at the national level to extend its functions and coverage and increase its enrolment beyond certain limits. For "reaching the unreached", the Open Schooling System is required to be promoted and strengthened in the country.

To meet the regional diversity, the concept of State Open School (SOSs) has come up. Considering that education is state responsibility, eleven States of India also established Open Schools in the State with regional medium. NIOS have been providing professional and technical support to the states to establish such SOS, where necessary.

There are 8 states namely Uttar Pradesh, Orissa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Assam, Chattisgarh, Uttranchal and Bihar who are in the process of setting up state Open Schools

Andhra Pradesh

SOS Status Year of Opening Courses Offered Enrolment Delivery Mechanism Study Centres Status of Curriculum and Learning Material Pattern of Evaluation Credit Facilities
OBE Secondary Total
Autonomous Registered Society 1991 Open Basic Education (OBE), Secondary 1998-2003 2003-2004 2002-2003 2003-2004 -
  • Printed Self-Learning Material
  • Telecast Programme (weekly 1 Hour)
  • Personal Contact Programme (PCP) at Study Centres
  • OBE-3216
  • Secondary-199
  • Curriculum and Instructional Materials developed by State Open School, Andhra Pradesh
  • In addition to this Adapted NIOS self - learning
One Examination per year Available(3 Years credit accumulation)
486940 9822 8073 13916 603119

Delhi

SOS Status Year of Opening
Autonomous Registered Society 2005

Haryana

SOS Status Year of Opening Courses Offered Delivery Mechanism Study Centres Status of Curriculum and Learning Material Pattern of Evaluation Credit Facilities
Integral part of the State Board of School Education 1994 Secondary, Sr. Secondary
  • Printed Self-Learning Material(SLM)
  • Personal Contact Programme(PCP)
  • Secondary - 32
  • Sr.Secondary - 25
  • Adopted NIOS Curriculum
  • Adopted NIOS material
Twice a year Available (5 Years credit accumulation)

Jammu & Kashmir

SOS Status Year of Opening
Private Trust as per Government Order (JSS Mahavidyapeetha, Mysore from 2001) 2001

Karnataka

SOS Status Year of Opening Courses Offered Enrolment Delivery Mechanism Study Centres Status of Curriculum and Learning Material Pattern of Evaluation Credit Facilities
Secondary Total
Autonomous Registered Society 1996 Secondary 1999-2003 2003-2004 -
  • Printed Self-Learning Material(SLM)
  • Personal Contact Programme(PCP)
Secondary - 56
  • Adopted NIOS Curriculum
  • Adopted NIOS material rendered into Karnataka
Twice a year Available(5 Years credit accumulation)
3436 1705 5141

Kerala

SOS Status Year of Opening Courses Offered Enrolment Delivery Mechanism Study Centres Status of Curriculum and Learning Material Pattern of Evaluation Credit Facilities
Secondary Total
A wing of the State Council of Educational Research and Training(SCERT), Kerala 1999 Secondary 1999-2003 2003-2004 -
  • Printed Self-Learning Material(SLM)
  • Personal Contact Programme(PCP)
Secondary - 70
  • Curriculum developed by State Open School, Kerala
  • Developed learning material in self learning mode
Twice a year No
86755 4605 91360

Madhya Pradesh

SOS Status Year of Opening Courses Offered Enrolment Delivery Mechanism Study Centres Status of Curriculum and Learning Material Pattern of Evaluation Credit Facilities
Secondary Sr. Secondary Total
Registered Society 1996 Open Basic Education (OBE), Secondary, Sr. Secondary, Vocational 1996-2003 2003-2004 1996-2003 2003-2004 -
  • Printed Self-Learning Material (SLM)
  • Media materials at times for publicity
  • Personal Contact Programme (PCP)
  • OBE- 12
  • Secondary - 195
  • Sr. Secondary - 195
  • Vocational - 14
  • Curriculum is being developed by State Open School
  • Adopted NIOS material
Twice a Year Available(5 Years credit accumulation)
225036 15672 68521 46145 355374

Punjab

SOS Status Year of Opening Courses Offered Enrolment Delivery Mechanism Study Centres Status of Curriculum and Learning Material Pattern of Evaluation Credit Facilities
Secondary Sr.Secondary Total
SOS is a branch of Punjab School Education Board 1991 Secondary, Sr. Secondary 1999-2003 2003-2004 1996-2003 2003-2004 -
  • Printed Self-Learning Material (SLM)
  • Personal Contact Programme (PCP)
  • Secondary- 260
  • Sr. Secondary- 75
  • State Board Curriculum
  • Adapted NIOS self-learning material
  • Developed additional self learning materials
Twice a Year Available (3 Years credit accumulation)
61782 17195 - - 78977

Rajasthan

SOS Status Year of Opening Courses Offered Enrolment Delivery Mechanism Study Centres Status of Curriculum and Learning Material Pattern of Evaluation Credit Facilities
Secondary Total
Autonomous Registered Society 1999 Secondary 1996-2002 2002-2004 - Secondary-32 Not available Not available Not available
185257 38298 223555

TamilNadu

SOS Status Year of Opening
Integral part of DTERT 1982

West Bengal

SOS Status Year of Opening Courses Offered Enrolment Delivery Mechanism Study Centres Status of Curriculum and Learning Material Pattern of Evaluation Credit Facilities
OBE Secondary Total
A wing of the School Education DepartmentA Statutory Organization (from 2001) 1997 OBE, Secondary, Sr. Secondary 1998-2002 2003-2004 2001-2002 2003-2004 -
  • Printed Self-Learning Material (SLM)
  • Personal Contact Programme (PCP)
  • OBE- 538
  • Secondary- 125
  • Sr. Secondary- 44
  • Curriculum developed by the SOS, West Bengal
  • Developed Self learning material at the SOS level for all the stages
  • Twice a year for Secondary
  • Once a year for Sr. Secondary
Yes
20856 15328 1186 1242 38612

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