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NIOS provides education up to pre-degree level to those who for one reason or the other could not or did not make use of the formal education system. NIOS offers the following courses to meet the needs and requirements of such group of learners .However it needs to be made clear that open schooling can be opted for all school level learning purposes.

1.  Open Basic Education (OBE)

The NIOS has introduced the Open Basic Education (OBE) Programme as an alternative educational programme to align with the objective of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, to provide Basic Education to all children, youth and adults in the country under its Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). OBE programmes of NIOS is equivalent to the Elementary Education Programme of the formal education system. It is offered at the following three levels:

Level A: equivalent to class – 3 in All India level and to Class-2 in Kerala
Level B: equivalent to class - 5 in All India level and to Class-4 in Kerala
Level C: equivalent to class – 8 in All India level and to Class-7 in Kerala

2.  Secondary Course

This course is equivalent to 10th standard of the formal schooling system. One can join this course irrespective of any formal pre-qualification. Successful completion of minimum of five subjects is necessary for obtaining a certificate. Wide range of subjects is available to choose from. The course may be completed in a minimum period of one year to a maximum of 5 years. As per the condition prescribed by the Government of Kerala, English, Malayalam, Maths, Science and Social Science or Psychology are to be studied.

3.  Senior Secondary Course

This Course is designed for those who have passed X standard or equivalent examination and would like to continue their education towards a Senior Secondary Certification, equivalent to XII standard. The course is recognized by many boards of school education and by several universities for admission to higher education. The list of Boards and Universities recognizing NIOS certificates is available at Annexure 'G'. Details of above two courses are available in the Prospectus for Academic Courses. As per the condition prescribed by the Government of Kerala, Two languages and 3 optional subjects are to be studied

4.  Vocational Education Programmes

 

NIOS also offers vocational education courses at school level keeping in view the needs of target groups. Presently 97 courses are on offer in the broad areas of Engineering & Technology, Health & Paramedical, Home Science & Hospitality Management, Computer & Information Technology, Business & Commerce, Agriculture and Teacher Training, Industrial Safety and Security, Library Science, Dance & Music, Life enrichment courses and Rural Enterpenurship programme for Gramin Dak Sevak of Department of Post, Govt. of India.

 

5 Life Enrichment Courses

NIOS offers some subjects as Life Enrichment Courses viz., Paripurna Mahila (Women Empowerment), Yog, and Hindustani Music etc. These courses are meant for self development and enrichment of knowledge. No examination is conducted for these courses.



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