Ans. Established by Government of India vide India Government GazetteNo Part 1 Section OF No 42 on Sunday 20 Oct 1990with vesting the authority for holding examination through distance and open learning and certification thereof.
Further Govt of India issued letter no F.3-11-200-EGS-1 dated 11-12-2002 to Secretaries of all Stat Govts and Union Territories of India to accord recognition of NIOS certificates at appropriate levels.
Q2. Are NIOS qualifications Valid?
Ans. Official Gazette of India , Indian Constitution and MHRD says YES!
Education being a concurrent subject as per Indian Constitution, state Governments are bound to recognize the certificates issued by a Union Government Institution. Hence many courts issued orders to clarify this.
Q3. Will my State Government approve certificates of NIOS?
Ans. Education being a concurrent subject as per Indian Constitution, state Governments are bound to recognize the certificates issued by a Union Government Institution. Hence many courts issued orders to clarify this.
Q4.Why State Governments shall recognize NIOS certificates at all?
Ans. Education being a concurrent subject as per Indian Constitution, state Governments are bound to recognize the certificates issued by a Union Government Institution. Also many courts issued orders to clarify this when questioned.
Q5. Aren’t NIOS/Opens schools are meant for dropouts?
Ans. NO. Many like you, with domestic liabilities, working in Govt and Private institutions, those in remote areas ( where academic and Vocational Institutions are not available), women restricted of free movements, feeding mothers, nuns , priests, specially talented persons looking for special curriculum (like painting , home Science, Computers ), outstanding sports personalities, Cinema stars, those not studied Science group in Higher Secondary and wanting to do Medicine/Engg/Pharma/Nursing etc are a few to name.
Q6. Any Court rulings?
All courts in India till now have not only upheld the validity of NIOS qualifications but also justified the need and purpose of establishing such a noble Institution. Web link to Gujarat High Court Decision is given for ready reference.
You can refer t he following High Court Decisions in the above link
CWJC 5014/2010 Mr Bablu Kumar Vs State of Bihar
SCA 7406/2010 JPanchal Vs Gujarat State ACPDC
Q6. What are the courses NIOS offers?
Ans. 1. Secondary(Std 10/Matriculation/SSLC)
2. Senior Secondary( 10+2/HSC/PUC)
3. About 100 vocational Diploma and Certificate level course.
4. Special Vocational Courses with
ITDC, IMA ,McGrawhill,CISCO
Q7. Is Home schooling is permitted by Govt of India under RTE?
Ans. “ In response to a public interest litigation, the Ministry of Human Resources Development filed an affidavit in the Delhi High Court stating that the Right to Education Act does not come in the way of home schooling.
“Parents who voluntarily opt for alternate forms of schooling may continue to do so. The RTE Act does not come in the way of such alternate schooling methodologies or declare such form of education as illegal,” the affidavit stated.
The Minsitry’s response came after the High Court directed it to respond to a petition filed by a 14-year-old girl, Shreya Sahai, who opted for home schooling but contended that Section 18 of RTE Act does not recognise any other mode of imparting education except the one through formal schooling. ”
Shall I need to explain?
Q8. Can I take admission in any course of NIOS along with the course am undergoing in a School/College/University?
Ans. Of course you can.
Q9. Procedure to take admissions? Course Fee?
Simple! Its online except for Open Basic (Std 3/5/8) courses.
So you can take your admission yourself on your desktop at your own time !
Govt of India has kept the fee nominal at NIOS considering NIOS has to “reach to the unreached”!
And there are concessions to Females/SC&ST/Ex Servicemen
Q10. What about Examinations and Practical Exams? Medium of Examination?
Examinations are held in June and October in all major Cities of India. On Demand Examinations are exclusiveness of NIOS. You can do practical exams in accredited Institutions/Examination centers with all necessary facilities.
Almost all courses can be studied in HINDI and English and certain courses in Urdu too. Few courses can be studied in local languages too.
You can write NIOS examinations in all Indian languages even though questions are in HINDI/ENGLISH/Urdu .