The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) has organised an international webinar on 24th August 2021 at 10:30 am (IST) via Zoom to explore the readiness of open schools in reaching out to its learners during the Pandemic and the remedial measures taken for addressing the needs of those who were not able to attend online classes. Realising the need for the ODL system as an effective mode of education, it is imperative to explore new challenges and developments along with the possibilities of providing education post-covid.
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NIOS is the largest open schooling system in the world and also the recipient of the award of Excellence for Institutional Achievement in Distance Education 2016 from the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Vancouver, Canada. COL applauded the efforts of NIOS for its contributions towards sign language for deaf and hard of hearing learners by conferring COL Award of Excellence in Distance/Online Experience to Ms. Sakshi Kumari, a deaf learner of NIOS during PCF 9 at Edinburgh, Scotland.
NIOS serves as the national resource centre for the open schools and has emerged as the largest Open Schooling system in the world. NIOS plays a pivotal role in the promotion and development of Open Schooling in India and abroad. NIOS serves as the secretariat of the National Consortium for Open Schooling (NCOS) to facilitate better cooperation, coordination, collaboration and determining standards in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) systems at school education level in different states of the country.
NIOS provided insight and expertise and assisted in the development of the gender policy for Open School, Bangladesh open University and Open School, National Institute of Education (NIE) in Sri Lanka with the support of COL. NIOS is in the process of developing an Inclusive Education Policy for OS-BOU and is always willing to stretch its boundaries and explore more in the field of open schooling.
NIOS would be offering Gender Green Teacher Programme that includes modules on gender and environment with a common focus on how these themes can be mainstreamed and integrated in teaching and learning. NIOS is also developing a Diploma in Open Schooling programme that will prepare administrators, support staff and faculty to effectively plan and manage the day to day operations of an open school using a variety of delivery technologies and pedagogical methods. Both these Programmes would be supported by COL.
Currently, NIOS holds the COMOSA Chair for Asia and undertakes such activities on a regular basis as a part of regional cooperation amongst the Asian countries of the Commonwealth. The Open/Innovative Schooling initiative at COL has been instrumental in facilitating cooperation between the open schools and one of its kind that encourages the development and sharing of ODL resources and technologies. NIOS has also partnered with international organisations such as World Bank, UN Women and COL for its various projects.