The Silver Jubilee celebrations of the National Institute of
Open Schooling (NIOS) was inaugurated by Dr.Abdul Kalam, Former
President of India on 23 November 2012. Delivering the Foundation
Day Lecture, Dr.Kalam shared his experiences of knowing a lady with
an indormitable spirit to acquire a masters degree at the age of 88
and the great spirit of a car driver to obtain a doctorate degree.
While recalling the dedication of some of his teachers, he urged
all teachers present on the occasion to radiate knowledge and be
true facilitators of learning.
Dr.Pallam Raju, Minister, HRD, GOI lauded the efforts of the
NIOS which had grown from a modest project to an institution of
importance. He felt that the need of the hour was to pool all its
resources to provide skill education through all possible
Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State, MHRD, GOI said that the
adoption of an intelligent paradigm of ODL education can go a long
way in providing quality education. The NIOS, he pointed out,
should be a part of an endeavour to provide a well integrated
system complimented with quality skill education.
The Guest of Honour, Sri R Bhattacharya, Secretary, School
Education and Literacy, MHRD, GOI pointed outthat the silver
jubilee occasion was an appropriate time to introspect and
interrogate the role of NIOS to meet its new challenges.
Video of Dr. A. P. J. Abdul
Kalam, Former President Delivering the Foundation Day