Meeting the Educational Needs
of Minority Communities –
In Context
of Open Schooling
M.C.Pant
Chairman
National Institute of Open Schooling
Noida
National Institute of Open Schooling
Millions of out of school population have to be
catered to through alternative channels
NIOS set up to develop and offer a variety of
courses in General, Vocational and Continuing
Education for out of school population and
other marginalised groups – “the unreached”
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Mission of NIOS
Universalisation
of
Education
–
Reaching the unreached
Bring about greater equity and
justice in society
To evolve a Learning Society
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Steps taken by NIOS for
promotion of Education
amongst Minority Communities
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Administrative Initiatives for Promotion
of Education for Minorities
Setting up of a Minority Cell in June 2006
•
Meeting the educational needs
Minorities through ODL format.
of
• Proactive
Advocacy Programme for
increasing mass awareness
regarding
utility of NIOS Programmes in the field
of school education for Minorities.
• Fast track channels for accreditation of
Minority Educational Institutions
establishing linkages with NIOS.
for
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Administrative Initiatives Contd..
Increasing Financial Outlays on Promotion
of Minority Education
For upgradation of work
related
to
Minority
languages,
amount
incurred for lesson’s
development,
translation, holding of
meetings, engagement
of Project Coordinators,
Printing of Prospectus &
Books etc.
2004-05
(Rs. in
lakhs)
2005-06
(Rs. in
lakhs)
2006-07
(Rs. in
lakhs)
10.51
10.99
13.19
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Academic Initiatives for Promotion of
Education for Minorities
Development of Self learning
Material

Development of Urdu post-literacy course
for Open Basic Education programme for
neo-literates
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All courses at Secondary and Sr. Secondary
level translated in Urdu Medium.

Introduction of Punjabi as language from
1998-99 at Secondary level.
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Academic Initiatives Contd….
Development of New Language
Courses for Minorities.
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•
Introduction of Arabic Language for
Secondary level in 2006-07.
Persian language course at Secondary level is
under development.
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Academic Initiatives Contd….
Introducing Urdu as Medium of
Instruction
 Urdu as a medium of instruction has
already been introduced at Secondary level
in 1995-96 and at Senior Secondary level in
2001-02.
Contd….
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Initiatives for Promotion of Vocational
Education for Minorities
Upgradation of skill through Vocational
Education.
 Vocational courses in Stenography (Urdu) and
Typing (Urdu) introduced in 2000.
 Other Courses like Early Child Care Education,
Secretarial Practice, Library Science and
Computer Science have been translated in Urdu
medium.
Contd….
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Initiatives for Reforms in Evaluation and
Examination
Widening access through examination
reforms

Facility of answering examination paper in
Urdu/Punjabi/ any Modern Indian Language even
when question paper is in Hindi/English.

Freedom to choose Urdu/Arabic as a language
subject for the purpose of certification –
A freedom not available elsewhere.
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Advocacy of Educational Programmes
of NIOS for Minorities
Engagement of Project Coordinators
• For establishing linkages with the Minority
Community by engaging local eminent
persons/educationists
as
Project
Coordinators.
• For conducting Advocacy Programmes,
Meetings, Seminars etc., highlighting the
utility of educational Programmes of NIOS
for enhancing educational opportunities at
school level for Minority Communities.
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Advocacy Contd.
•
To establish linkages with the Community through
prominent religious leaders/eminent educationist for
spreading awareness about the utility of NIOS
programmes.
•
Assessment of educational requirements
Minority Community on area specific basis.
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•
Identification of Minority Educational Institutions
and
other
NGOs
for
accreditation
with NIOS as its AIs/AVIs/AAs for strengthening
linkages.
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Steps taken by NIOS for Advocacy at Grass Root
Level
•
Conduct of several Seminars, Surveys, Mass
Sensitization & Awareness Programmes and
Meetings.
• Interaction with prominent
leaders
and scholars of minority community at
Jamia Hamdard University (June 2004).
•
Meeting related to minority issues with officials
of MHRD at Vigyan Bhawan (July 2004)
•
Visit to different Institutes/Madaris
at Lucknow,U.P (2005).
Contd….
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Advocacy Contd….
• Interaction with Maulanas,Maulvies and
Mufties of Jama Masjid,Darul Uloom Delhi,
Jharkhand,M.P. and Bihar for creating
awareness about NIOS programmes (2006).

Mass sensitization programme organised
in the mosque premises of Jama Masjid to
popularise the NIOS programme among
Muslim community (2006).
Contd….
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Advocacy Contd….
•
NIOS project co-ordinators
meeting held
NIOS HQ to
promote Minorty education
(2006).
•
Exhibition cum awareness
compaign of
NIOS
programmes organised at Dilli
Haat, New Delhi (2006)
Contd….
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Advocacy Contd….
 Organisation of Mass awareness programme and
seminars in different districts of U.P.(Faizabad,
Barabanki & Moradabad etc.), Bihar & Orissa
with the help of Co-ordinators of NIOS and
Rahamani foundation (2007).
 Survey conducted at district Sultanpur, Amethi,
Rai Bareily and Azamgarh (2007).
 Regional conference (Eastern Region) of the
NIOS co-ordinators and Leaders of Minorty
Institutions/Madarsas of Orissa, organised for
promotion of minorty education(2007).
 Seminars organised at Rahmani Foundation,
Munger, Bihar and participated by NIOS
officials, commissioner, D.M., S.P, local
Politicians (2007).
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Initiatives for improving Access of
Minority Communities to NIOS
Prospectus in Urdu language for Academic
and Vocational Courses
 Admission notices in Urdu being given in
leading Urdu Newspapers
Contd….
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Special Provisions for Fast Track
Accreditation of Minority Educational
Institutions
Depositing processing fee after
Accreditation and not before.
Granting accreditation to Institutions
affiliated/recognised by various
Madarsa Boards.
Relaxation in conditions regarding
infrastructural requirements on need
basis.
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Status position in increasing NIOS – Linkages
with Minority Educational Institutions
Study
Centres
AIs
AVIs
AAs
May.2006
Dec. 07
181
117
09
207
146
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ICT based initiatives for widening
Access
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NIOS Online<Ni-On> project – A Means to
expand access beyond the existing network of
AIs/AVIs/AAs
Facility for registration of Admission and
Examination available on-line.
Facility for independence of place and time –
Anywhere Anytime
Direct on-line interaction of NIOS with Learners.
Freedom to learners in choice of study centres
Facility of On-line monitoring of their educational
status by Learners
Quality data – error-free student records
Online payment option through credit card is
available besides payment through Bank Draft. 22
Academic Support through Audio –
Video programmes
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17 video programmes developed in Urdu
Medium.
28 audio programmes in Urdu medium.
Programmes broadcast on Gyan Vani (8.30 a.m.
to 9 a.m & 4.30 to 5 p.m) on Friday, Saturday
& Sunday.
Gyan Darshan (DDI at 6.30 to 7 p.m) on every
Friday.
EDUSAT facilities to be extended for the
benefit of minority groups by increasing the
content and coverage of broadcast
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On-Demand Examination for providing
flexibility in Admission & Examination System to
improve Access.
Operationalisation of On-Demand Examination System
(ODES) for Secondary and Senior Secondary thereby enabling
learners to take examinations on any day and in any subject.
Learner centric Examination System available round the year.
From Oct-2007 ODES for Sr.Secondary in 3 subjects (Physics,
Maths and Business Studies).
Results declared in 1st week of every month.
Conducted at NOIDA, Pune and Patna.
Round the Year Online Admission for On-Demand
Examination
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