1. What is NIOS?
Ans: The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) is an educational organisation which imparts education through Open and Distance Learning Mode and also conducts examinations for grant of certificates upto pre-degree level at par with other National Boards viz. the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE).
2. What is Open and Distance Learning system?
Ans: Open and Distance learning (ODL) is an innovative approach of providing opportunity of learning through Self Learning Material (SLM) and certain other strategies in a flexible manner at the pace of learners. In this mode, the learner is also provided academic support in the form of PCP and TMA in addition to SLM.
3. What is the difference between Open Schooling and Regular Schooling?
Ans: Regular Schooling is a traditional method of face to face earning in a formal set-up of class room situation with a rigid time-table; whereas Open Schooling is a flexible method of providing self learning and its evaluation to a learner according to his/her own schedule. The Open learning system is very helpful to learners who
could not avail the facility of formal schooling on account of economic, social or geographical considerations or they want to continue their study while working in some gainful employment.
4. How different is NIOS from any other Institution for providing Education?
Ans: The NIOS follows learner centric approach of teaching through Open and Distance Learning (ODL) Mode. It offers a wide range of subjects in comparison to any other formal schooling programme. The learners are free to choose subject combination as per their needs and goals. The learners study at their own pace with the help of specially designed Self Learning Materials (SLM). 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 as per their preparation.
5. What are the Courses offered by NIOS?
NIOS offers the following programmes /courses:-
Open Basic Education (OBE) Programme, which includes following three levels
(i) OBE ‘A’ Level Course -Equivalent to class III
(ii) OBE ‘B’ Level Course -Equivalent to class V
(iii) OBE ‘C’ Level Course -Equivalent to class VIII
a) Academic Courses
(i) Secondary Course-Equivalent to class X
(ii) Senior Secondary Course-Equivalent to class XII
b) Vocational Education Courses
c) Life Enrichment Programmes