New Delhi: The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), on Friday celebrated its 24th Foundation. The programme was attended by Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State, Human Resource Development, Dr M M  Pallam Raju, Minister, Human Resource Development, Prof A P J Abdul Kalam, former President of India, Prof. M B Menon, former Chairman, NIOS and many other renowned personalities.

The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) was set up on 23 November, 1989 as an autonomous institution by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. It has planned to give a huge thrust to its programmes and activities during its Silver Jubilee year beginning from 23 November, 2012 to 23 November, 2013

The silver jubilee celebrations were celebrated on its 24th Foundation Day falling on Friday at the Mavalankar Auditorium, Vithalbhai Patel House, Rafi Marg, New Delhi.

The first session of the programme was presided over by Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State, Human Resource Development, Government of India with a Silver Jubilee special lecture by Prof MB Menon, former Chairman, NIOS.

The second session was presided by Dr. MM Pallam Raju, Minister, Human Resource Development, Government of India; the Foundation Day Lecture was delivered by Prof A P J Abdul Kalam, former President of India.

The NIOS also conferred awards for the Best Co-ordinator, Best Study Centres and the Best Regional Centre. The successful learners of NIOS were also felicitated for their achievements.

Brief about NIOS

•   The NIOS, presently headed by its Chairman, Dr. SS Jena has been marching ahead steadily to meet the challenges of number, equity and quality in school education through the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode of education.

•  NIOS working with the mission of “ Reaching The Unreached”

•  NIOS has played a historic role in taking forth the Open schooling and Distance learning movement not just in India but in the entire developing world.

•  NIOS has more than 5000 study centres spread across India, Nepal and the Middle East and a cumulative strength of 2.2 million learners including those in the NGO sectors.

(JPN)

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