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The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) formerly known as National Open School (NOS) was established in November,1989 as an autonomous organisation in pursuance of National Policy on Education 1986 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. NIOS is providing a number of Vocational, Life Enrichment and community oriented courses besides General and Academic Courses at Secondary and Senior Secondary level. It also offers Elementary level Courses through its Open Basic Education Programmes (OBE).Government of India through a gazette notification vested NIOS with the authority to examine and certify learners registered with it upto pre degree level courses.

Copyright © 2015 NIOS RC Delhi. All rights reserved.

Regional Centre Delhi was established in the year 1994. Regional Centre Delhi is the largest and oldest Regional Centre with annual enrolment of over one lakh students every year which is 20% of the total annual enrolment of NIOS. It consists of two regions viz. Delhi-I and Delhi-II. Delhi-I zone under Delhi Regional Centre covers the areas East Delhi, North Delhi, North East Delhi, North West Delhi, Jhajjar, Gautam Budh Nagar, Ghaziabad and Delhi-II covers South Delhi, West Delhi, South West Delhi, Central Delhi, New Delhi, Gurgaon, Faridabad.

Admission in Prison Centres:

The Regional Centre Delhi has three centres in Jail viz. Tihar Central Jail, Faridabad District Jail, Gurgaon District Jail.
Facilities Provided:

1. NIOS will not charge the registration fee and examination fees for both academic and vocational courses.
2. No accredation fee will be charged from the jails to become the study centres of NIOS.
3. No Transfer of Credit fees would be charged.
4. All Jail inmates would be supplied study material free of cost.
5. Even after the jail inmates are released from jail or their term of punishment is over, similar facilities would be acceded to them as provided during the term in the jail to complete their studies from NIOS.

Staff List

Regional Director

Assistant Director

Officer

Assistant

Executive Officer

Executive Assistant

Office Assistant

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Stream 1, Stream 2, Stream 3, Stream 4

Stream 1

On-line Admission for all learners (Stream 1):
This stream for On-line Admission is open for all the learners as per the eligibility criteria for Secondary and Senior Secondary level.

Stream 2

On-line Admissions for learners wanting to appear in October-November, 2012 examinations (Stream 2):

This stream for On-line admission is open from 20.05.2012 to 20.07.2012 for all those learners who had appeared but could not clear or who were eligible but could not appear the Public Examination of Secondary/Senior Secondary Levels from any recognized Admission.

Stream 3

On-line Admission for learners wanting to appear in On Demand Examination System ODES) of NIOS for Secondary Level (Stream 3):
This stream for On-line admission is open throughout the year for those learners who have already passed Secondary from recognized Board and want to take part admission in one subject or up to 4 subjects for updating their qualification or learners who had appeared but could not clear or who were eligible but could not appear the Public Examination of Secondary level from any recognised Board and want to appear through On Demand Examination System of NIOS for Secondary level only. The learner has to submit his/her admission form along with the original failed marksheet/admit card (Hall Ticket) issued by the Board for confirmation of the admission.

Stream 4

On-line Admission for learners wanting to appear in On Demand Examination System (ODES) of NIOS for Senior Secondary level (Stream 4):
This stream for On-line admission is open throughout the year for those learners who have already passed Senior Secondary or above from any recognized Board/University and want to take part admission in one subject or up to 4 subjects for updating their qualification or learners who had appeared but could not clear or who were eligible but could not appear the Public examination of Senior Secondary level from any recognized Board in the same subject combination in which they had appeared and want to appear through On Demand Examination System of NIOS at Senior Secondary level. The learner has to submit his/her admission form along with the original failed marksheet/admit card (Hall Ticket) issued by the Board for confirmation of the admission. This scheme is presently valid for only Thirteen subjects at present i.e. Hindi (301), English (302), Mathematics (311), Sanskrit (309), Physics (312), Chemistry (313), Biology (314), Geography (316), Political Sc. (317), Economics (318), Business Studies (319), Accountancy (320), Home Science (321), Psychology (328) and Painting (332).

Procedure

A.  Procedure for On-line Admission directly by learners

The procedure for On-line Admission for all above four streams is as follows :
  • Log on to NIOS website www.nios.ac.in
  • Read information page about online Admission/Examination including the fees details and its submission is displayed.
  • Learner registers themselves with NIOS website by submitting an e-mail ID and password.
  • Access/display of Online Admission Form and filling-up of the Admission Form and attaching the image of the student's photograph as indicated.
  • Fees for On-line Admission
    • There will be three options for the payment of fees:

      (a) The fee can be deposited On-line through Credit Card (Master/Visa) Debit Card (visa only of select banks), or
      (b) Through Bank Draft of any nationalised bank only in favour of Secretary, NIOS payable at respective Regional Centres of NIOS in case of Stream-1 & 2 and payable at Noida only in case of Stream-3 and 4 received within a week of Online registration.
      (c) The required admission fee can be deposited On-line through any branch of India Bank, The Bank branch will collect fee and return two copies of bank challan after issuance of acknowledgement and putting a unique number on to the bank challan receipt. The bank will charge Rs. 6/- (Rs. Six only) per student for this facility.
  • Once an application is submitted for processing to NIOS, an Acknowledgement Receipt is generated and sent back to the learner, e-mail ID indicating his/her unique Reference Number, his/her personal details, fees details, etc.
  • The learner will be required to send a print-out of the internet filled in Application Form (not the acknowledgement receipt) along with demand draft in case of payment option (b) and relevant documents, two passport colourd photograph at the address given in the instructions within a week of registration. Confirmation of admission of On-line learners will be subject to the receipt of the Application Form alongwith the required documents and requisite fees. If the form is not received within another Ten days at NIOS Regional Centre, your admission may be cancelled.
  • It is informed that after final submission of data, print out of computer generated application form (NIOS Copy), acknowledgment receipt (Learners' Copy), instructions to be followed by the Learners and a address slip of the addressee at which the application to be sent would be printed. Learners are advised to read the instructions carefully before application is dispatched to the NIOS. While application form is dispatched to NIOS, it may be ensured that only NIOS copy of the admission form alongwith the enclosures may be sent. The application and the enclosures may be kept carefully in a good quality envelope on which the address slip printed from the computer may be pasted. The Learners copy shall be retained by the Learner for future reference.


B.  Procedure for On-line Admission through AI (Study Centre)/Facilitation Centre

All AIs/Study Centres of NIOS are authorised to open a On-line registration counter for facilitating learners in taking On-line admission. They will also help the learners in pre-admission counselling, choice of study centres/Course, Medium of Instruction, transfer of credit, Credit accumulatin and other flexible features of NIOS etc,. The AI will follow the same procedure for On-line registration as mentioned above.The AI will provide a copy of acknowledgement containing the reference number generated by computer to students for future correspondence with NIOS.

Criteria

Important Criteria for admission

(a) The minimum age should be 14 for taking admission for Secondary Course and 15 for Senior Secondary Course.
(b) Supporting Documents must be enclosed with the print out copy of the Admission Form alongwith Demand Draft (in case of payment through Demand Draft) and two coloured passport photograph.Admission Form should be signatured by the candidate and the photocopy of the supporting documents should be duly attested by Gazetted Officer.
  • Supporting Documents for Secondary Course :
    • Attested copy of Birth Certificate issued by the Municipal Authority or istrict Office of the Registrar of Birth and Deaths for all born on or after 26.01.1989. OR
    • Transfer Certificate/SchoolLeaving Certificate showing applicant's date of birth, issued by the last school attended by the applicant. In case of Govt. schools the transfer certificate/schoolleaving certificate should be signed by the Principal while in the case of Private schools it should also be countersigned by the competent education authority of State/or District Education Officer.
  • Supporting Documents for Senior Secondary Course :
    • Attested copy of the Certificate of Matriculation/Secondary Examination having a record of the Date of Birth (No other proof of age will be accepted for Sr. Secondary admission).
(c) In case of Orphan/Juvenile/Street Children, the Medical Legal Certificate may be provided as proof of Date of Birth.
(d) Date of birth once given in the Admission Form will not be changed. Please check and state the correct date of birth.
(e) Minimum Educational Qualification :
  • Minimum Educational Qualification for Secondary Course: Certificate of Class VIII passed, or Self Certificate (as mentioned at the back of Admission Form)
  • Minimum Educational Qualification for Senior Secondary Course: Copy of the Certificate of the Secondary Examination passed from a recognised Board of duly attested by a Gazetted Officer.
(f) Notes:
  • Admission Forms received without supporting documents will be rejected and fee will not be refunded.
  • If the Secondary level examination is not passed from a recognised Board of NIOS, admission at Sr. Secondary level will not be considered.
  • If you possess a High School/Secondary Certificate from any Foreign Board/University and want to take admission to Senior Secondary course of NIOS, you will be required to attach a certificate from the concerned Embassy to the effect that the examination passed by you is equivalent to the Indian High School/Secondary Examination.
  • Address Proof is not mandatory for admission.
  • Only a maximum of three (03) admissions will be allowed on a given address.

Fee Structure

Admission fee payable for Secondary/Senior Secondary courses as given below includes the charges for registration, cost of study materials, Personal Contact Programmes (PCPs), Identity Card, evaluation of TMAs, etc. (Do not pay any additional amount for admission other than specified in below mentioned link).

 Fee Structure

Admission Cancellation

Cancellation of Admission & Refund Policy

Fee once paid is not refundable or adjustable under any circumstances in future. Don't pay any extra amount apart from the requisite fee.
  • 1. Your admission will be cancelled
    • If the admission form is incomplete
    • If the fee paid is short
    • If the supporting documents are not complete
    • If false documents have been submitted
    • If required educational qualifications are not fulfilled
    • If the minimum age criteria is not fulfilled
    • If incorrect or wrong information is given
    • If the Secondary examination is not passed from a recognised board
    • If more than 03 (three) admission forms are received from the same address
    Note : Admission once cancelled will not be re-considered and fee paid will not be refunded under any circumstances.

  • 2. Admission Forms received without supporting documents will be rejected and fee will not be refunded
Public Examinations

The Public Examinations are held twice a year in the months of April-May and October-November on the dates fixed by the NIOS. Candidates are also eligible to appear through On Demand Examination at Secondary Level and Senior Secondary level in those subjects only in which have taken admission in NIOS.

On Demand Examination System (ODES)

If the candidate is already a registered learner of NIOS at Secondary or Senior Secondary level, have the option to appear in the Examination through NIOS On-Demand Examination System (ODES). The candidate can appear in the examination through ODES as per wish and preparation as and when he/she feel ready for the examination, subject to availability of the seats in the examination. Subjects available for appearing through ODES at Secondary level are Hindi (201), English (202), Sanskrit (209), Mathematics (211),Science & Technology (212), Social Science (213), Economics (214), Business studies (215), Home Science (216), Psychology (222), and subjects available at the Senior Secondary level are Hindi (301),English (302), Sanskrit (309), Mathematics (311), Physics (312), Chemistry (313), Biology (314), Geography (316), Political Sc. (317), Economics (318), Business Studies (319), Accountancy (320), Home Science(321), Psychology (328) and Painting (332).

The On-Demand Examination (Secondary and Sr. Secondary) for the above said subjects is conducted at NIOS, A-31, Institutional Area, Sector 62, Noida - 201309, Distt. Gautam Budh Nagar (U.P) and Regional Centres of NIOS.

Change of Subject/Additional Subject During the admission period of five years, you can change one or more subject(s), provided the total number of subjects does not exceed seven. However, such a change is permissible within four years of your registration, so that you can appear in Public Examinations within the validity period of admission. No change/addition of subjects will be allowed for the first examination. Subject(s) already passed by you cannot be changed.

For change of subject/additional subject, you are required to submit your application on plain paper to the concerned Regional Centre of the NIOS through your AI along with the prescribed fee as given below for all categories of learners:

For Secondary Course Rs. 90/- per subject
For Senior Secondary Course Rs. 120/- per subject

The fee should be paid through a Bank Draft drawn in favour of "Secretary, NIOS" payable at the concerned Regional Centre.

Online Cell

Any queries regarding Admission, TOC, TMA,I_Card, Study Centres can be asked here . All the staffs always ready to help students.

Examination

Any queries regarding submission of exam forms, results of examination (Public Examination), re-checking, re-evaluation can be asked here.

Vocational Education

Different courses are available for admission for Vocational Admission.

Accounts Branch

In Accounts section, the accounting system of whole RCD is maintained.

Maintenance Branch

Maintenance department maintains all the stationaries required for RCD, so many works are maintained by the maintenance department.

Student Support Service(Counter 1)

The student support centre is the counters of RCD. At counters studdents can ask any queries regarding admission, examination etc. Here students submit Admission Forms, Exam Forms.

MPDD Unit

 Material Production Dispatch & Distribution

Jaspal Singh

Enrolment No : 27020212195

Forced to discontinue his tenth class in 1993 in order to earn a livelihood to support his family, when his parents met with an accident, Jaspal Singh resumed his studies in 2003 by enrolling for the Secondary level course in NIOS. The flexibility of the NIOS system enabled him to pursue his studies along with his vocation. He acquired skills in fashion designing while working as a freelancer in garment export houses. Having completed his Senior Secondary course from the NIOS and moved by the desire to continue studies, Jaspal Singh has managed to obtain admission to a three year course in Fashion Management at the University of Thames Valley, London.


Ms. Sudha

Enrolment No : 27029182593

Ms. Sudha was a only housewife until such time that her husband passed away and she was offered the job of a constable in the Delhi Police. She then took up the job to support the family consisting of her two children.
Sudha who had not completed her schooling was motivated by her children to join the NIOS. She then passed the Secondary examination from NIOS in April 2009. A resident of Sant Nagar, Burari, Delhi and posted at the Rohini Court, Delhi, Sudha today feels more confident and empowered by the qualification acquired by her.


On Line Admission - Different Streams

 Stream-1: Online Admission for all learners 2012-13 Block-II for October 2013 Examination (Admission Open from 02.10.2012 till 28.02.2013)

 Stream-3: Online Admission for Secondary through On Demand Examination System (ODES)

 Stream-4: Online Admission for Sr.Secondary through On-Demand Examination System (ODES)


The below links are only for knowing the status/information

 Stream-1: Online Admission for all learners 2012-13 Block-I for April 2013 Examination (Admission Closed)

 Stream-2: Online Admissions for October- November, 2012 Examinations (Admission Closed)


 Public Examination(Sec., Sr.Sec., Voc.)

 On-Demand Examination
National Institute of Open Schooling

The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) (formally National Open School, is the Board of Education for open schools, under the Union Government of India. It was established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development of the Government of India in 1989 to provide education inexpensively to remote areas. The NIOS is a national board that administers examinations for Secondary and Senior Secondary examinations of open schools similar to the CBSE and the CISCE.

It had a cumulative enrollment of about 1.5 million students from 2004-2009 at Secondary and Senior Secondary levels and enrolls about 350,000 students annually which makes it the largest open schooling system in the world.


History

The Jomtien World Conference on Education for All in 1990, and the E-9 Summit resolution of 1993 called for a massive mobilization of efforts to achieve universal elementary education for all, and subsequently secondary education for all. Simultaneous efforts have been contemplated to provide educational and training access to the disadvantaged and the differently abled, and link education/schooling to social and community development. Open schooling and basic education at a distance have got established, in the last two decades, as strong systemic intervention mechanisms to cater to the quality educational needs of millions of deprived people, with very low cost. Massive developments in information and communications technology have opened up wider possibilities of convergence of methods, media, resources and technologies to wider access and equity in educational provision. The National Policy on Education (NPE 1986) of the Government of India underlines that the future of educational delivery belongs to open and distance learning. Many of the world governments have committed to ODL and open schooling for long-term educational expansion.

With massive expansion of open schooling and open basic education in the world, a strong need has been felt to continuously orient, train and upgrade a variety of functionaries involved in these areas. The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India and the National Institute of Open Schooling, India have, in collaboration with and or the support from the Commonwealth of Learning, Canada, have established an International Center for Training in Open Schooling (ICTOS) at NOS to address to the training needs of the functionaries involved in open schooling and open basic education. The certificate and diploma programmes mentioned below are part of this effort of the ICTOS.


International collaboration

The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and UNESCO are among the main collaborating institutions helping in promotion of Open Schooling in India and several other developing countries. NIOS has been interacting with several developing countries in their endeavors for promotion of open schooling and capacity building besides organizing advocacy programmes which has led to setting up of an International Center for Training in Open Schooling (ICTOS). The ICTOS offers Certificate, Advanced Certificate, and Diploma courses in open schooling.

The Open Schooling Association of the Commonwealth (OSAC), established with financial assistance from the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), and having its Secretariat at NIOS New Delhi, functions as a liaisoning agency for information dissemination, coordination and mutual consultation among member countries. The mandate for OSAC is to organize human resource development programmes for functionaries of Open Schools, promote research and development activities and take steps to ensure quality of standards. Through periodic meetings, the OSAC provides forum for discussion on issues of mutual interest and concerns.

To provide a forum across the world for scholarly discussions on concerns and issues in Open Learning/Open Schooling and for disseminating research, theory and practice, including inter-disciplinary studies, the half yearly OSAC.


Courses offered by NIOS

NIOS offer the following courses:


Examinations

The public examinations are held twice a year in the months of April-May and October-November on dates fixed by the NIOS. However, one is also eligible to appear through On Demand Examination at Secondary Level and Senior Secondary level in those subjects only in which a candidate have admission in NIOS.

Transcript of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's Foundation Day Lecture
Light the lamp of knowledge

May I be a protector for those without one, A guide for all travelers on the way; May I be a bridge, a boat and a ship For all who wish to cross (the water).

by Acharya Shantideva,
A Buddhist Master of 8th century

I am indeed delighted to address the 24th Foundation day of National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS). My greetings to the Chairman, Directors, Faculty, Staff and the NIOS Coordinators (Teachers), NIOS Expert Faculty members, Administrative Staff members from NIOS, participating affiliated Schools, regional centers, and also the representatives from the study centre from Middle East and Nepal, NIOS Learners (Students) and the distinguished guests. I am very happy to know that NIOS is the largest open school in the world with a cumulative enrolment of 2.02 million learners. NIOS offers Flexible Academic, Vocational and Life Enrichment courses at the Secondary, Senior Secondary and Elementary [Open Basic Education (OBE)] level through its 5813 study centers spread throughout the length and breadth of the country, 20 study centers in Middle East and Nepal. I am very happy to know that in the year 2012 itself, 1400 Learners out of 4500 Learners of NIOS from Senior Secondary school has cleared the AIEEE exam for engineering courses competitively and a number of students cleared the AIPMT Exam for obtaining MBBS. When I see the principals and teachers and successful students through open school system, let me share my thoughts on the topic "Light the lamp of knowledge".

Students as Competitive Quality Learners

I like the unique concept of NIOS by naming the students as Learners. It is a great shift in education. NIOS efforts in providing quality education through their network of study centers had made the students as competitive as compared to the other Education boards such as State boards, CBSE, ICSE and other boards. I am very happy to know that in the year 2012 itself, 1400 Learners out of 4500 Learners of NIOS from Senior Secondary school has cleared the AIEEE exam for engineering courses competitively and a number of students cleared the AIPMT Exam for obtaining MBBS.

One of the unique concepts of NIOS is any student who has failed to clear some subjects of the CBSE or any board exam, may appear the On-Demand Exam conducted by NIOS throughout the year flexibly and get it cleared immediately with the credit transfer certificate from NIOS if the candidate qualifies in the NIOS exam.

Dear friends, I would like to share two experiences which I came across personally at various times that are relevant for today.

Bride at Ten, Mother at Fifteen, MA at 80

Dear friends, on 19th Nov, in my home I had a very interesting visit of the family led by an 88 year old great woman with her daughter a Professor at JNU and her son-in-law a journalist. She explained to me, her ambition and struggle, in an orthodox family, to get a graduate degree. But her formal education was only 5th Class. This respectful lady?s name is Smt Sethu Ramaswamy. She gave me a book titled 'Bride at Ten, Mother at Fifteen', written by her recently. The marriage and intensive family commitments, children, grand children, great grand children and also her family circumstances did not allow her to fulfil her ambition to become a graduate. The need of light of knowledge kept her dreaming that one day she will become a Post Graduate. She was married to a freelance journalist at the age of ten, and became a mother at the age of fifteen. In the book, she says,

"All her life, like countless Indian housewives, I was an unknown woman - a woman of no consequence. But at the age of 80, I became a known Indian woman - a person of some consequence. What had I achieved in my life until that point? I had brought up six daughters, the first being born when I was fifteen, the last when I was twenty nine."

It is the saga of a woman who has lived in two countries and seen her own family make the transition from tradition to modernity. She had seen the ups and downs in her life while bringing up her daughters. I was astonished to know the indomitable spirit of a mother and she had a great aim which was fulfilled at her age of 80. Her desire was to acquire a Master's degree in her life time. She worked, worked and worked while taking care during her daughters' childbearing. With all the family commitments she was proud to announce everywhere that she is appearing for M.A degree, at the age of 78, through Distance Education mode from Annamalai University at Delhi Centre. When she passed the M.A degree examination, she proudly says that,

"I passed my M.A and my degree came by post. It was a bare second division but I had at last fulfilled a great desire, my life's ambition which was burning within me"

. The message what we derive from this is:

"Age doesn't matter, if you have a great aim in life, you can achieve, achieve and achieve"

Experience of Madam Sethu Ramaswamy getting her MA degree is a radiating learning and a life long process which is an inspiration. Let me narrate another experience which I am personally involved.

It doesn't matter who you are?

Friends, it was in the year 2011, I went to Madurai for inaugurating the Pediatric Oncology Cancer unit at Meenakshi Mission Hospital on 7 Jan 2011. When I completed the task, suddenly one person was approached me and his face was familiar to me. When he came closer to me, I found out that it was V. Kathiresan, who worked with me as Driver, during my DRDL days at Hyderabad. He worked with me day and night for nine years. During that time, I used to witness, he was always reading some books, newspapers and journals during his free time. He had a very high concentration on his reading. That dedication attracted me. I asked him a question? What made you to read during your leisure time? He replied that he had a son and daughter. They used to ask him lot of questions. That made him to study and try to answer to his level best. The spirit of learning in him, attracted me, I told him to study formally through the distance education mode and gave him some free time to attend the course and complete his +2 and then to apply for higher education. He took that as a challenge and kept on studying and acquiring his skills and upgraded his educational qualification, he did B.A. (History), then he did M.A (History) and then he did M.A (Political Science) and completed his B.Ed and then M.Ed. Then he registered for his Ph.D in Manonmaniam Sundaranar University and got his PhD in 2001. He joined the Education Department of Tamilnadu Government and served for number of years. In 2010, he became an Assistant Professor in the Government Arts College at Mellur near Madurai. What a commitment and dedication that has helped him to acquire the right skills in his leisure time that has made his career progress and upgrade his livelihood. The message is, it doesn?t matter who you are if you have a vision and determination to achieve that vision, you will certainly achieve.

Friends, it was in the year 2011, I went to Madurai for inaugurating the Pediatric Oncology Cancer unit at Meenakshi Mission Hospital on 7 Jan 2011. When I completed the task, suddenly one person was approached me and his face was familiar to me. When he came closer to me, I found out that it was V. Kathiresan, who worked with me as Driver, during my DRDL days at Hyderabad. He worked with me day and night for nine years. During that time, I used to witness, he was always reading some books, newspapers and journals during his free time. He had a very high concentration on his reading. That dedication attracted me. I asked him a question? What made you to read during your leisure time? He replied that he had a son and daughter. They used to ask him lot of questions. That made him to study and try to answer to his level best. The spirit of learning in him, attracted me, I told him to study formally through the distance education mode and gave him some free time to attend the course and complete his +2 and then to apply for higher education. He took that as a challenge and kept on studying and acquiring his skills and upgraded his educational qualification, he did B.A. (History), then he did M.A (History) and then he did M.A (Political Science) and completed his B.Ed and then M.Ed. Then he registered for his Ph.D in Manonmaniam Sundaranar University and got his PhD in 2001. He joined the Education Department of Tamilnadu Government and served for number of years. In 2010, he became an Assistant Professor in the Government Arts College at Mellur near Madurai. What a commitment and dedication that has helped him to acquire the right skills in his leisure time that has made his career progress and upgrade his livelihood. The message is, it doesn?t matter who you are if you have a vision and determination to achieve that vision, you will certainly achieve.

"When you wish upon a star, Makes no difference who you are Anything your heart desires will come to you"

Friends, teachers create beautiful minds. Beautiful minds are creative and many times with indomitable spirit. Our nation was fortunate to have beautiful minds in science, humanities, law, industry and political leadership right from our pre-independent period who were created by great teachers and due to whose efforts, we are experiencing the freedom and growth of our country today.

Teachers who love teaching

Friends, I visualize a scene - a school having about 50 teachers and 750 students headed by a Principal. It is simply a place of beauty for creativity and learning. How is it possible? It is because the school management and the Principal selected the teachers who love teaching, who treat the students as their sons, grandsons or grand daughters. The children see the teacher, as a role model in teaching and always look pious through their daily way of life. Above all, I see an environment in which there is nothing like a good student, average student or poor student. The whole school and teacher system is involved in generating students who perform the best. One great example is my primary school teacher Shri Sivasubramania Iyer who taught us, when I was ten year old boy. During one of his classes he was explaining how birds fly. When most of students told that they didn?t understand fully about the flight of birds, he took us to the sea-shore to give practical example. The way he taught gave me what to dream in life and what should be the pattern of education which I have to follow. And above all what should be the traits I should possess based on teachers life both inside the class room and in the village. I have witnessed, as a young boy of 5th class, when my teacher enters the class room, we saw in him "radiating the knowledge and also radiating purity of life". Students indeed in school learn not only knowledge but also purity of life and ethics of the great teachers. This race of teachers should multiply.

Teacher as a facilitator of innovation

Friends, teachers have to emerge as facilitator of new ideas and lead to lifelong innovative thinking in the young minds. This reminds me of a poem "The Student's Prayer" by a Chilean biologist Maturana. I will narrate a few lines from the poem.

The Student's Prayer

Show me so that I can stand
On your shoulders.
Reveal yourself so that I can be
Something different

Don?t impose on me what you know,
I want to explore the unknown
And be the source of my own discoveries.
Let the known be my liberation, not my slavery.

I am sure, the Principals and teachers assembled here would be great facilitators of learning and innovation.

Dynamics of Smile

When we see a child, we see the innocent smile of the child. When we come across the child in the Primary School, the smile is reduced as the child has to carry a heavy school bag. When we see the child in their teens, their smile slowly fades away and the sign of concern appears. This is because of the anxiety about the future. When they complete their education, the most important question in their mind is, what will I do after my education? Will I get an employment? Will I get a proper employment? Can the Principals and teachers see this dynamics of smiles of the child and preserve the smile in their faces when they complete their school education. The Student should be confident that "I can do it", she or he should have the self esteem and the capability to become an employment generator rather being an employment seeker. The management of education, leader of education has to facilitate such type of creative teacher in large numbers in primary school and then the secondary school. This transformation can only be brought about by a teacher who has a vision to transform, who has the ability to take risk against all challenges, who is a good listener, who is a good innovator, who maintains a cordial inter-personal or intrapersonal relationship and who has the ability to carry the parents, community, media and the teachers for accomplishing the vision of generating an enlightened citizen for the nation

Dynamic school

Since I see, in the audience, a number of school principals, teachers and connected members I thought of sharing my view on how a dynamic school should be, so that you will impart dynamic school characteristics to Open School candidates.

A school that radiates greatness by the teaching capacity of the teachers.
A school is great because creativity is bubbling everywhere.
A school is great, because it cherishes the learning environment with library, internet, e-learning and creative laboratories.
A School is great, because it creates and generate students with confidence that "I can do it" that in-turn will generate the team spirit that "We will do it" and "India will do it".
A School that promotes best in learning all-round to all the students.
A School is great because it has teachers who lead a unique way of life with purity and become role models for the students and develop them as enlightened citizens.
A School is great because it has the capacity to teach all students to succeed.
A School that generates creativity among all students irrespective of whether they belong to arts or science stream.
A school is great, that generates alumni who cherish that they belong to this school.

NIOS Smart HDVT Network

For creating such type of dynamics of smiles in the face of NIOS Learning community, we need to outreach quality education, quality teachers, quality laboratory, quality library and quality content across the country to reach out 2 million learners community registered in various schools from the NIOS Studio in the similar lines of Pan African e-Network implemented by Govt. of India for connecting 53 African nations to provide quality education, healthcare and e-governance services. Hence, I suggest NIOS to study the Pan African e-Network and may like to consider creating a NIOS Smart High Definition Virtual Tele-presence network to empower the students who are presently attending only the contact classes in the affiliated schools and having their own private study. This will help NIOS to outreach quality education across the country seamlessly for creative quality human resource cadre for higher education segment, which will not only bring down the dropout rates, but create highly competitive students for higher education system in the country in addition to the learning contents and tools provided by NIOS.

Conclusion: Mission of Teaching

When I see you all, dear friends, I see one integrated system of education, system of learning and system of knowledge. The seeds of peace in the world have its origin of righteousness in the heart of every individual. Such righteous citizens lead to the evolution of enlightened society. Education with value system has to be designed so that the righteousness in the heart is developed in young minds. That should be the mission of education. The prime learning environment is five to seventeen years of age for over 25,000 hours. This reminds me of an ancient Greek teacher's saying,

"Give me a child for seven years; afterwards, and let God or devil take the child. They cannot change the child".

This indicates the power of great teachers. True education is the acquisition of enlightened feelings and enlightened powers to understand daily events and to understand the truth by linking citizens to their environment and the planet we live. I would like to quote from the great philosopher Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, particularly for the benefit of students and teachers -

"The sense of human need is there and the teacher can satisfy it by giving to the youth an idea of the fundamental power and worth of man, his spiritual dignity as man, a supra-national culture and an all embracing humanity."

My best wishes to all of you success in the educational mission of NIOS to make the nation a knowledge society.
May God Bless You.

I would like to give an eleven point oath to the teaching community who are the creators of nation building.

Eleven Point Oath for Teaching Community

First and foremost, I love teaching. Teaching will be my soul.
I realize that I am responsible for shaping not just students but ignited youths who are the most powerful resource under the earth, on the earth and above the earth. I will be fully committed for the great mission of teaching.
I will consider myself to be a great teacher for I can lift the average to the best performance by way of my special teaching.
All my actions with my students will be with kindness and affection like a mother, father, sister or brother.
I will organize and conduct my life, in such a way that my life itself is a message for my students.
I will encourage my students and children to ask questions and develop the spirit of enquiry, so that they blossom into creative enlightened citizens.
I will treat all the students equally and will not support any differentiation on account of religion, community or language.
I will continuously build the capacities in teaching so that I can impart quality education to my students.
I will celebrate the success of my students, with great elegance.
I realize, being a teacher, I am making an important contribution to all the national development initiatives.
I will constantly endeavour to fill my mind with great thoughts and spread the nobility in thinking and action.

By, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Objectives Functions
Vision

"Sustainable inclusive learning with universal and flexible access to quality school education and skill development."

Mission

Providing relevant, continuing and holistic education up to pre-degree level through Open and Distance Learning System. Contributing to the Universalisation of School Education.

Catering to the educational needs of the prioritized target groups for equity and social justice.

1. How different is NIOS from any other Institution for providing Education?

NIOS follows learner centric approach of teaching through Open and Distance mode. It offers a wide range of subjects in comparision to any other formal school. The learners are free to choose subject combination as per their needs and goals. The learners study at their own pace from specially designed self-instructional materials. This learning is supplemented by audio-video and face to face contact classes which are held at the study centres on holidays and weekends. The learners have freedom to appear in examination in their subjects one by one as per their preparation. There is a provision of credit accumulation. The registration of the learners is valid for the period of five years.


2. What are the Courses offered by NIOS?

NIOS offers the following courses

a. Open Basic Education Programme, Which includes following three levels courses
    OBE 'A' Level Course -Equivalent to class III
    OBE 'B' Level Course -Equivalent to class V
    OBE 'C' Level Course -Equivalent to class VIII

b. Secondary Course-Equivalent to class X
    Sr. Secondary Course-Equivalent to class XII
    Vocational Education Courses
    Life Enrichment Programmes

c. Sr. Secondary Course-Equivalent to class XII

d. Vocational Education Courses

e. Life Enrichment Programmes
 


3. Whether Secondary/Sr. Secondary School Certificates obtained from NIOS have the same recognition as other Boards?

Yes. The Secondary/Sr.Secondary certificate obtained form NIOS have the same recognition as certificates issued by other Boards. NIOS is vested with the authority to conduct Public Examinations at Secondary and Sr. Secondary level vide Govt. Of India's resolution dated 14 September 1990. NIOS thus act as another National Board.


4. Whether change of subject is possible after taking admission?

Yes. A learner can change one or more subjects or take one/two additional subjects during the admission period of five years, provided the total number of subjects does not exceed 7.


5. What is the choice of medium offered by the NIOS at the Secondary/Sr. Secondary Courses?

NIOS offers its courses mainly in English, Hindi and Urdu medium. At the Secondary levels, besides theses mediums, Telugu, Gujarati Malayalam and Marathi mediums are also available.


6. Whether a learner can write examination in any scheduled Regional Language?

Yes. A learner can write examination in any scheduled Regional Language though question paper will be bilingual i.e. in English and Hindi or available regional medium.


7. Whether subjects already cleared from any other Boars/IOS are allowed tot be transferred and credited at the NIOS Secondary/Sr. Secondary Courses?

NIOS provides the facility of "Transfer of Credit" to a maximum of 4 subjects from NIOS(Old Registration), if passed in 1995 or later and to a maximum of 2 subjects for CBSE /CICSE /UP Board of Secondary Education / Uttranchal Board of Examination / State Open Schools, if passed in 2000 orlater, provided these subjects are also available in NIOS programme.


8. Can certified learners appear for various Competitive Examinations?

They can. NIOS learners do appear and compete in various competitive examinations. However, the eligibility criteria, such as age, requirements of specific subjects, minimum percentage of marks and so on must be fulfilled by the learners.


9. Can a learner take Vocation subjects along with Secondary or Sr. Secondary Courses of NIOS?

Yes, in order to make NIOS courses more meaningful, vocational course are offered independently or in combination with academic subjects at Secondary and Sr. Secondary level.


10. From where should a learner get study materials?

Learners admitted should collect study materials from their respective AIs without any extra payment.


11. How much fee should should be paid for the study materials?

No extra fee is to be paid for the study materials. The admission fee deposited by a learner includes the cost of the study materials.


12. What is Tutor Marked Assignments (TMA)?

Tutor Marked Assignments (TMA) are meant to help you learn and be a successful learner. They provide you practice in writing answers to questions and get feedback. These assignments will therefore help you to monitor your progress in studies. These assignments are available in a separate booklet, which is provided to the learners through their AIs.


13. What will happen if TMAs are not submitted?and how many assignments are to be submitted for evaluation?

ABSENT will be marked in the marksheet in the column for grades of TMAs.


14. Where and how many assignments are to be submitted for evaluation?

There are three assignments in each subject containing 5 question. In your own interest, you should atrtempt all the asignments and submit to the Subject Teachers at your AI for evaluation. No weightage in the public examination for the TMA will be given. However, grades of TMA will be reflected on the Marksheet separately.


15. In which month NIOS holds its Secondary/Sr. Secondary Public Examinations?

The Public Examinations are held twice a year in the months of April-May and October-November on dates fixed by NIOS.


16. What should a learner do to perform better in NIOS public Examination?

To perform better in NIOS a learner must appear for examination only when he/she is well prepared in he subject. Learners should also attend Personal Contact Programme (PCP classes) regularly at the AI to solve/clear their doubts and problems that they have faced while studying the material on their own. Also, Tutor Marked Assignment (TMA) should be taken seriously as these help in knowing one's progress and preparation. Time talble for the PCP classes is to be obtained from your AI.


17. Is it necessary to have a two years gap between passing of Secondary and Sr. Secondary Examination?

Yes, a two years gap is essential between passing of secondary and Sr. Secondary examination. If a learner does not have the requisite gap of two years, he/she can appear in maximum of four subjects only in the first year. He/she will be eligible to appear in remaining subjects only on completion of two years gap.


18. How do the learners find examination results?

Results are made available on our web site and at the AI. On successful completion of the course as per certification criteria, a learner is provided Marksheet, Migration Certificate and Provisional Certificate through AI.


19. How does a learner know about his/her examination centre and schedule of examination?

The schedule of examination is made available on the web site about a month before the commencement of examination. The information about the examination centre is made available through the AIs as well as from the NIOS Web site about a week before the commencement of examination. This information is also sent to the learners by post.
 


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