Noida: In order to bring the deprived youth to the mainstream and enhance their mental and social development, the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) is planning to launch its centres in the Naxal-affected and far off areas.

The NIOS is currently delivering education to school dropouts in 40 centres in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. Notably, half of the students are girls.

Talking to the reporters on Thursday, NIOS Chairman Dr Sitanshu Sekhar Jena said, “The institution is considering to establish regional centres in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu.”

He added, “The NIOS has also made a contract with McGraw - Hill Education (SPSA) to provide certificate courses in retail sales and services at its learning centres. Under this contract, the SPSA will organise training programs for the faculty members on modern market trends, and for improvement of teaching methods and content.”

The institution will also provide a joint certificate to eligible students on the basis of their evaluation after the completion of the course.

Announcing the online entrance dates for class 10th and 12th, Jena said, “The candidates can now apply till September 15 with a late fee of Rs 200.”

He added, “The NIOS intends to provide integrating life skills to the students to incorporate social values in them. In order to make education available for all, we have adopted the online entrance process for secondary and higher secondary education.”