Established at November 1989, the National Institute of Open Schooling is an autonomous body managed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Pursuing the National Policy of Education 1986, NIOS currently enrolls around 1.5 million students across the country through its 3367 authorized study points. The system incorporates highly advanced education concepts, rarely seen elsewhere in the world. The On Demand Examination (ODE) concept is extremely novel as students can attend to tests according to their discretion. There is no pressure whatsoever into completing a set syllabus.
The entire system is online. The NIOS portal already has a diverse question bank on all disciplines. At the click of a mouse, students can generate a randomly generated paper in their individual subjects. The NIOS mainly focuses into providing secondary and senior secondary level education. Other courses include several life-enrichment and vocational programs. The Open Basic Education (OBE) system is another key feature of the NIOS, allowing school dropouts, adult students, and home-learners to pursue their career objectives.
The NIOS currently operates as a 100% online registration system. It is also a highly effective arrangement for ex-servicemen, people of the tribal communities, minorities, differently-abled individuals, scheduled castes & tribes, the rural youth and the urban poor. A key objective of the NIOS system is to promote the essential values of National Integrity. The system is currently in the process of initiating State Open School (SOS) systems in different regions.