Open Basic Education (OBE)

Programme providing a elementary education at three levels, for school drop-outs and neo-literates, out of school learners through Accredited Agencies.

Under its "Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA)", the Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has been endeavouring to provide Basic Education to all children, youth and adults in the country. The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) has launched the Open Basic Education (OBE) Programme, as an alternative educational programme, equivalent to the Elementary Education Programme of the formal education system. The OBE Programme explores and makes use of the potentialities of Distance Education Mode (DEM) for reaching the unreached. The Foundation Course of NIOS has been subsumed into the Open Basic Education 9OBE) Programme. There is a provision of separate OBE programme for children and adults. Some significant highlights of OBE programme areas follows:

  • The clientele for Open Basic Education (OBE) programme is:
    • Children below 14 years of age
    • Adults above 14 years of age
  • The OBE Programme is offered at three levels:
    • OBE level A : equivalent to class I-III
    • OBE level B : equivalent to class IV-V
    • OBE level C : equivalent to class VI-VIII

OBE programme is being implemented in collboration with Agencies accredited by NIOS for the purpose. These are popularly known as the Accredited Agencies.

All those desirous to enroll themselves under the OBE Programme of NIOS are advised to contact the nearby Accredited Agencies. The OBE examinations are conducted by Accredited Agencies as per norms, guidelines and standards provided by NIOS. The successful learners are awarded certificates at A, B and C levels jointly by the concerned Accredited Agency and the NIOS.

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