Government of India
Ministry of Human Resource Development
Department of Elementary Education & Literacy
11th December 2002
Subject: According recognition to the Examinations at
Primary and Middle level Courses conducted by National Institute of
Open Schooling (formerly) National Open School (NOS).
The National Institute of Open Schooling (N.I.O.S) (formerly
National Open School (NOS) is an autonomous organization set up by
the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, in
1989 as per the Resolution issued vide No. f6-2/89-Sch. III dated
21.11.1989 to provide education up to pre-degree level to those who
for one or the other reason could not make use of the formal
education system. N.I.O.S. has also been vested with the authority
to conduct and certify examinations for Secondary levels by the
Government of India as per the resolution issued vide No.
F5-24/90-Sch. III dated 14.9.1990 (copy enclosed).
The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) has also intimated
the Registrars of all Indian Universities vide their Notification
No. E V/11 (354)91/dated 25.7.1991 (copy enclosed) of its decision
to grant equivalence to N.I.O.S. courses with those of other
examinations of recognized Boards for purposes of admission to
higher courses of study at Indian Universities.
As you would be aware, the National Institute of Open Schooling
(NIOS) also runs Open Basic Education Programmes through Distance
Education Mode (Open Learning System) at the Elementary stage and
awards Joint Certificates with the partnering NGO's at three level
(equivalent to class III or class II of the Southern States where
elementary stage is only till class VII), B level (equivalent to
class V/VI) and C level (equivalent to class VIII/VII). This is
applicable to their programme of equivalency under distance
education programme where similar certificates are provided at the
same level of competency and equivalency.
You may like to issue necessary instructions to all concerned to
consider certificates issued by N.I.O.S. jointly with partnering
NGOs for the above levels as equivalent to concerned stage of
education in matters of admissions and employment etc. Formal
communication/Notification regarding grant of recognition to the
examinations conducted by National Institute of Open Schooling may
issued and the same widely circulated to all concerned.
For further details/clarifications in the matter, the Chairman,
National Institute of Open Schooling may be contacted at N.I.O.S.,
B-31B, Kailash Colony, New Delhi-10048 or visit their Website at
Tel No. 23382604
Copy for forwarded for information to:-
- All the Ministries/Departments of the Govt. of India.
- All the Officers/Sections in the Deptt. of Elementary Education
and Literacy and Department of Secondary and Higher Education.
- Chairman, National Institute of Open Schooling, B-31B, Kailash
Colony, New Delhi-110048 with reference to his letter No.
NIOS/CMO/1-1/02/2607 dated the 10th October 2002.
Ministry of Human Resource
(Department of Education)
New Delhi, the 14th September 1990
Subject: Vesting of authority in the National Open
School Society for holding certain Examinations through distance
and open learning system at the school stage and For certification
No. F5-24/90 Sch.3 - The Government of India has set up the
National Open School Society, an autonomous and registered body on
23rd November, 1989 to cater to the educational needs of school
dropouts, working adults, housewives and socially disadvantaged
sections, through distance education at the school stage. The
Society runs the management of the National Open School which,
through distance and open learning system, has been offering
courses, preparing students for the Secondary and Senior Secondary
School Examinations and also offers Bridge (Preparatory)
It has now been decided that in pursuance of Section 3 (ii) of
the Memorandum of Association of the National Open School Society,
the Society, shall conduct the above examinations at the school
stage of education upto pre-degree level, whether academic,
technical or vocational, which are developed either by the National
Open School itself or in collaboration with other agencies, subject
to the approval of the Society's Executive Board or as it may be
called upon to conduct by the Government of India, Ministry of
Human Resource Development, Department of Education. The Society
shall also be the certifying authority for such courses and
programmes and do such acts ancillary to these objects as may be
necessary. The Central Board of Secondary Education which was the
certifying and examining authority on behalf of the National Open
School Society; will cease to be so with effect from the date of
issue of this Notification in the Gazette of India.
ORDERED that a copy of the Resolution be sent to all State
Government, Union Territory Administrations, all Ministries
Departments of the Government of India, University Grants
Commission. Prime Minister's Office, National Council of
Educational Research and Training. Council of Boards of Secondary
Education, Association of Indian Universities, Central Board of
Secondary Education, Council for the Indian School Certificate
Examination and the State Board of Education.
ORDERED also that the Resolution be published in the Gazette of
India for general information.
Published in part I Sec. Of No. 42 of the Gazette of India on
Saturday the 20th October, 1990
Association of Indian
AIU House, 16 Kotla Marg, New Delhi-110002
25 July, 1991
National Open School
Re: National Open School-Equivalence of Senior Secondary
We have noted that Govt. of India have set up the National Open
School on 23rd November, 1990. The 'NOS' offers courses preparing
students for the Secondary and Senior Secondary School
Examinations, apart from other courses. The Govt. of India, through
a Resolution, vide No. F.5/23/90 dated 14 September 1990, vested
the National Open School with authority to examine and certify its
The Association of Indian Universities, at their recent meeting
has granted equivalence of the courses of NOS with those of other
examinations of recognized Boards for purposes of admission to
higher studies at Indian Universities. The matter has been brought
to the notice of all Universities in the country for their
Kindly write to us in case of any difficulty by the students; we
would approach the Universities accordingly.
(K. C. Kalra)