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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 up to pre degree level courses whether Academic, Technical or Vocational. Association of Indian Universities, vide letter No. EV/11(354)/91/ 25 July, 1991 issued Equivalence of Senior Secondary Certificate Examination of NIOS.

The Regional Centre, Kochi of NIOS was established in 1998. It is the second Regional Centre of NIOS in South India. This Regional Centre is stationed in Kochi, one of the five Corporations in the state of Kerala. The Regional Centre, Kochi was extending student support services to the students in the states Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Lakshadweep and Puducherry (Pondicherry). A new regional Centre at Chennai has been opened for Tamilnadu and Puducherry recently. Now, Kochi region will be looking after Kerala and Lakshadweep only.

This Regional Centre has established 338 Study Centres consisting 141 Accredited Institutions (AI) for Academic courses, 99 Accredited Vocational Institutions (AVI) for Vocational Courses and 98 Accredited Agencies (AA) for Open Basic Education. Out of 141 AIs, 55 are offering Malayalam Medium and 7 Urdu Medium too.
The region has registered a total enrolment of 30533 for the current year with a cumulative enrolment of 1,17,098 learners for the past five years. This is one among the largest regional centre in terms of total enrolment and number of Study Centres. Regional Centre, Kochi is the 3rd largest Regional Centres of NIOS in terms of Vocational enrolment.

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