National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS)

Formerly known as National Open School (NOS), the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) 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. Besides providing general and academic courses at Secondary and Senior Secondary level, NIOS provides a number of Vocational, Life Enrichment and community oriented courses . It also offers Elementary level Courses through its Open Basic Education Programmes (OBE).

The secondary and the senior secondary certificates issued by the NIOS are recognized by the Association of Indian Universities, the University Grants Commission (UGC), several universities and institutes of higher learning, several boards of school Education, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labour & Employment.

Vision of NIOS : Sustainable inclusive learning with universal and flexible access to quality school education and skill development.

Mission of NIOS : (i).Providing relevant, continuing and holistic education up to pre-degree level through Open and Distance Learning System. (ii). Contributing to the Universalisation of School Education. (iii). Catering to the educational needs of the prioritized target groups for equity and social justice

Courses Offered by NIOS

  • Open Basic Education (OBE)
  • Secondary Course equivalent to Class X
  • Senior Secondary Course equivalent to class XII
  • Vocational Education
  • Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed.)
  • Life Skills Program

NIOS Examinations

The NIOS public examinations are held twice a year in April–May and October–November on dates published by the NIOS. Also candidates are eligible to appear through the On-Demand Examinations in subjects only in which they have taken admission in NIOS for subject wise learning. Results of the public examinations are announced usually six weeks after the last date of examinations.

Contact Details

National Institute of Open Schooling
Institutional Area,
Sector - 62,
Distt. Gautam Budh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh - 201 309

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