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National Institute of Open Schooling is a wonderful programme under the “Sarva Shikshan Abhiyaan” (translated as Education for all) an initiative of the Government of India. It benefits anyone and everyone who wishes to pursue studies in an informal manner. Those who have benefited from this program, as I understand, are housewives, young adults, children, senior citizens and all sections of Society in rural and urban areas. I was told that even convicts serving time in jails are availing of this opportunity to learn with an attitude of “Its never to late to start” !

The NIOS website gives comprehensive details of their programmes and procedures. Their study books are all available online for free. I particularly liked the section on Indian Culture and Heritage which has some excellent pdf files, free to download. Very well collated and presented. Hope readers of this blog find it useful.