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Education : National Institute of Open School (NIOS)

The National Open School System presently known as National Institute of Open School (NIOS) was basically devised for the working students who could not attend the regular classes. Along with these students, it has also given a fresh lease of life to students who are slow in their learning pace, children having learning difficulties and school drop outs. The NIOS provides them with an opportunity to fulfil their educational aims which is in harmony with their abilities.

The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) is an autonomous and registered organization established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Govt. of India with the prime objective to offer academic courses at Secondary and Sr. Secondary levels, including Vocational & Technical Education, and Open Basic Education(OBE) at three levels (A, B & C) equivalent to Class III, V, & VIII for those who are above 14+ in age. The institute has introduced on-line admission system to its Secondary and Sr.Secondary courses round the year with two blocks 1st March to 31st August & 1st Sept. to 28th Feb.

The OBE programme has 3 levels A, B and C, which are as follows
• Level A equivalent to standard III of the formal school system.
• Level B equivalent to standard V of the formal school system.
• Level C equivalent to standard VIII of the formal school system.


From the year 2010-11, NIOS has introduced 100% On-line Admission. Off-line admission quota has been dispensed with. Students can visit their nearest Accredited Institution/ Facilitation Centre/ Regional Centre.


15 years of age and completion of Std.VII Those who do not meet the eligibility criteria can check out the recently introduced Open Basic Education system or Open elementary education.

The Open Basic Education programme is being implemented by National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) with the aim of providing primary and upper primary level education through alternate means of open schooling to those who are not able to go to a formal school or have dropped out of school.

Medium of Instruction

English and Hindi (regular basis), Gujarati and Marathi are introduced.

Required documents

Birth Certificate,5 photos. Disability Certificate is needed for students with Learning Disability and Cerebral Palsy to make provision for writer and extra time.

Choice of Subjects

In NIOS system, the student has to choose minimum 5 subjects including one language (100 marks each). Vocational subjects like bakery, word processing have 60 marks for practical and 40 marks for theory. Subjects are Home Science, Economics, Business Studies etc.


The student is expected to clear the course within 5 years of registration. He/she is allowed 9 chances. The subjects can be cleared one at a time ot more according to student’s preparation and convenience. There is facility of accumulation of and improvement in credits. Once all the 5 subjects are cleared, credits are accumulated and the certificate is issued.


The Secondary Education Course of NIOS is equivalent to Std. X. And the Senior Secondary Education Course is equal to Std. XII. The NIOS is recognized by Maharashtra Secondary and Higher Secondary Board and University of Mumbai.

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Now NIOS has introduced On-line Registration. One-line course material is also available.For comprehensive information log on to www.nios.ac.in http://nios.ac.in/media/documents/prospectus/AcadProspectus_2017_18.pdf


Accredited Facilitation Centres


St. Regina Pacis Conevent
Tel: 022-2373375
Website: www.inclov.com

Sheth Motishah Lane, Victoria Gradens Byculla, Mumbai- 400027
2 St. St. Andrew’s High School & College
Tel: 022- 26556006
St. Dominic Road, Bandra, Mumbai- 400050


St. Dominic Savio High School
(Centre for English, Hindi & Marathi Medium) Tel: 022- 28362633
Mahakali Road, Andheri (E), Mumbai- 400093

Slow Learners & Children with Dyslexia teachNIOScurriculum.

Training Centers in Mumbai


1 Sandesh Vidyalaya
Tel : 25744906(Marathi Medium)
2 Pal Rajendra School   Hanuman Nagar, Kandivali (E)
3 Dominic Savio High School holds regular classes   Tel : 28362633
4 Don Bosco High School   Matunga, Mumbai- 400019
Tel : 24145233
website : www.donboscomatunga.com
5 Little Angels   C/o Rao Memorial BMC School, Dr. Ambedkar Road, Pali Pather, Bandra (W), Mumbai - 400 050.
Tel : 2604 6642 / 26495020
website : www.littleangelsindia.com
6 SNDT University
Special Education Department (Juhu)
  Tel : 26126648
7 Child REACH   Tel : 26058725
8 Drishti
  Tel : 26348732
9 Human Development Centre   Tel : 26121233
10 GAET-Anvay
  Tel : 40278222
11 Manav Seva Sangh (Sion)   Tel : 24071553
12 Mona Remedial Education Centre   Tel : 24133387, 24131011
13 Reach   Tel : 9819461383, 9867163043

Pratham: NGO working for providing primary education to children has introduced various educational options to reach out to every child. Contact – Pratham Mumbai Education Initiative Y.B. Chavan Center, 4th Floor, Gen. J. Bhosale Marg. Nariman Point, Mumbai.- 400021. Tel:022- 2281956. www.pratham.org

Distance Education Courses / Open University

Yashvantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University
This university provides education in Marathi Medium. (Students favoring instructions in Marathi can largely benefit from this course. A bridge course is offered for those who have not completed Std. VII. English medium is also being introduced.The courses are equal to Std.X, XII & Graduate Level.

Yashvantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University Main Centre
Tel: 253-2231714 / 15 extn no.2331, 30013105
  Dnyan Gangotri, Near Gangapur Dam, Nashik-422222
Mumbai Regional Centre- Jagannath Sankaraseth Municipal School
Tel: 022-23874180,87,23874177
Website: www.ycmou.digitaluniversity.ac/
  Nana Chowk, Near Shetty Restaurant,
Grant Road (W), Mumbai- 400007
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)
offers variety of distance education courses.
Tel: 29571000, 29572964
Website: www.ignou.ac.in
  Indira Gandhi National Open University,
Block-9, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi- 110068.
Pathways -Sol’s Arc Initiative -
Pathways is a 3-year Associate Vocational Degree
Program with academic and industry certification,
providing a career path for young
special needs adult.
Tel: 022-26350834,9867219041
  Peninsula Park, Upper Basement, Veera Desai industrial area, Off Veera Desai Road,Oshiwara, Mumbai-400053.
Jagatguru Rambhadracharya Handicapped University
for the Hearing Handicapped (AYJNIHH)
Tel: 91-5198-224481,224263
Website: www.jrhu.com
  Chitrakoot, Karwi (UP)-210204

JSS Polytechnic for the Differently Abled
JSS Technical Institutions' Campus,Manasagangothri, Mysore - 570 006,Karnataka
Tel: 0821-2548315

Six Diploma courses of three-years (Six Semesters) duration each, namely Architecture, Commercial Practice, Computer Science & Engg.,Jewellery Design & Technology, Electronics & Communication Engg. &Computer Application s are offered for People with Disabilities.

Dr. Ambedkar Institute of Technology for Handicapped Awadhpuri
(Opp. Rama Dental college, Kanpur-208024. Tel: 5122583221

Apex National Institutes

1 National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped (NIMH)
Tel: +91(40) 27759267 Fax: +91(40) 2775-0198
Website: www.nimhindia.org
Manovikas Nagar, Secuderabad (AP)
2 NIMH Mumbai Regional Center
Tel: 27875277, 27564727
Website: www.nimhindia.org
Flat no. 1B 2, 1st floor,
Vasundhara Co-op.Hsg. Soc, Sector 8,
Kharghar, Navi Mumbai 410210 (Service Centre)
3 National Institute for
the Orthopaedically Handicapped (NIOH)
Tel: +91(33) 2557-8379 Fax : +91(33) 2578-8379
Website: www.nioh.in
B.T. Road, Bon Hooghly, Calcutta (WB)
4 Institute for the Physically Handicapped (IPH)
Tel: +91(11) 2323-2403 Fax : +91(11) 23232403
Website: www.iphnewdelhi.in
4, Vishnu Digambar Marg, New Delhi
5 Ali Yavar Jung National Institute
for the Hearing Handicapped (AYJNIHH)
Tel: 91(22) 2642-2638
Website: www.ayjnihh.nic.in
Bandra Reclamation, Bandra (w), Mumbai
6 National Institute for the Visually Handicapped (NIVH)
Tel: 91(135) 274-4491 Fax: +91(135) 2775-274-8147
Website: www.nivh.in
NIVH, Dehradun, Uttaranchal


National Institute for Rehabilitation,
Training and Research (NIRTAR)
Tel: +91(6724) 255-5552 FAX:+91(6724) 255-5862
Website: www.nirtar.nic.in
Olatpur, P.O. Bairoi, Dist. Cuttack (Orissa)